A haphazard on the eco - hazard, IRADA starring the endearing ISHQIYA duo - Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi is a meandering pop corn.
Inspired from Hollywood's eco thrillers like Julia Roberts' ERIN BROCKOVICH that suddenly decides to raise a murky toast to urban noir and say hi to the b-town political potboilers technique and falls in trouble 'waters'. IRADA MOVIE STILLS
Aparnaa Singh and Anushka Rajan script is a half baked windy and uninvolving 1 hour 50 minutes muddle where Parabjeet Walia (Naseeruddin Shah) a retired decorated Army officer whose dream gets a nasty blow when he finds that his daughter Riya (Rumana Molla) is suffering from cancer.
Further it gets revealed that something hazardously dangerous is happening from the toxic waste pouring out from the unit of a greedy tycoon Paddy F Sharma (Sharad Kelkar) has a mysteriously deadly nexus between his blood donations camps and the reverse boring from his factory that is contemplating the waters of Punjab.
The business tycoon is backed by the state CM (Divya Dutta). Parabjeet Walia decides to teach the tycoon a lesson and in his Junoon (passion) follows the tycoon, starts throwing shayaris (Urdu poetry) at his will and in his mission gets a chance to share a whiskey with Intelligence officer Arjun Mishra (Arshad Warsi), whose eight year old son wants him to become SINGHAM one day and do I need to tell more..
Aparnaa Singh and Anushka Rajan had a bomb of an idea that would have blasted the box office scene if they have not resorted to please all formula. It seems the makers desired to be both arty and mainstream without much effort. It appears that the writer director has just moseyed along with their sudden instincts without developing their characters and made a caricature of everyone including Nasser.
The movie even has a dark tone where we see Arshad Warsi in a 'cancer train' where patients are getting wooed by insurance agents. A brilliantly shot scene but doesn't gel with the film even after having the mention of the disease in its story. What a pity.
And that's not all, Divya Dutta as the corrupt Chief Minister in that cracker of a scene in front of the mirror portraying her whimsicality is a gem but after that there is nothing to support that awesome moment.
The bonding between Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi is also enjoyable but the director fails in possessing the skill to weave this individual goodness into a fine film and that's makes it meandering.
Ending up just as a weird surface scratcher filled with characters that turn caricatures as the film progresses. Imagine a journalist (Sagarika Ghatge) investigating the dangers of toxic waste from the unit of city's Pharmaceutical giant by sending drones from nearby. Hai re hai, itni bhi bhudhu nahi hai media bhai
(oh dear, media is not that stupid).
The journalist by the way is in the 'badla
' (revenge) mode as her RTI activist boy friend is murdered by the greedy tycoon.. khoon khoon. Bachao
During the climax Arshad asks Nasser the name he wants to be printed in his new passport and after rejecting options like John F Kennedy, John Abraham etc, Nasser says Che Guevara.. Alas the same meticulousness in the script and narration could have made IRADA something else... khair
(anyways) in the name of Che Guevara - jab jaago tabi savera