What happens when on A WEDNESDAY, GABBAR IS BACK to date NAYAK - a MADAARI is born!!.
Exhibiting disappointingly low vital signs in a given exciting potential of a kidnap storyline twined with a social - political situation Nishikanth Kamat's MADAARI starring the immensely talented Irrfan Khan is a boringly routine thriller that prefers to lean on tired Bollywood conventions rather than attempting a fresh dramatic and stylistic territory.
Despite the presence of Irrfan Khan who is consistently brilliant right from the first frame this particular social - political thriller gives a disappointing feeling reaffirming the notion that average films even if they have talents like Irrfan Khan at the helm can't do much good when out in public whereas average actors who are superstars like Salman Khan can easily make a tried, tested cliche dance at the box office.
Writers Shailja Kejriwal and Ritesh Shah begin this interestingly with the kidnapping of Rohan Goswami (Vishesh Bansal) by an unwashed, unkempt Nirmal Kumar (Irrfan Khan), the 8 - 9 year old boy who is abducted during his late night fried rice and egg escapades with his friend Sadhil Kapoor (Cheeku) is the son of the State's Home Minister.
We know Nirmal must have being wronged and he wants justice. The government appoints a party loyalist and top officer Nachiket Verma (Jimmy Shergill) to nab Nirmal.
Like Naseer in Neeraj Pandey's brilliant A WEDNESDAY, the first half is devoted in establishing how the power of a common man like Kumar when wronged can turn the tables and make the system dance to his tune. Turning the common man as the 'madaari' and the system his monkey - so far so good.
An obvious Stockholm syndrome develops which is nicely developed starting with the fear of the young boy being sexually abused is humorously done that raises expectations but sadly this piece and the emotional outburst of Irrfan Khan at the death of his son in hospital are the only take away in this cliche.
The writers choice to go easy with the screenplay without bothering for any twists plus the reason behind Nirmal's daring step takes its own time and the proceedings lack the crowd pleasing and hard relevantly hard hitting punches failing to make the 'common man' outside the frame gamed.
Director Nishikanth Kamath does well in limiting the action to minimum and staying on father son emotions for a change and it has come out well but the wait is too long.
It's disappointing to see a relevant backdrop to the story fails to make the impact and further the hackneyed and hurried climax adds to the wounds.
Irrfan Khan plays with his known force of a gifted performer and is consistently brilliant throughout. The talented actor is the only reason that makes you sit through this routine affair.
The kid Vishesh Bansal as Rohan Goswami is excellent. Jimmy Shergill as the investigating officer is fine in the available footage. Tushar Dalvi as the home minister is good.
Technicalities are fine.
Just like the wronged common man like Naseer in A WEDNESDAY, Nirmal (Irrfan Khan) in MADAARI could have being the man to please the intellectual plus attract the others with its emotional depth in what we say a film for the classes and masses but Nishikanth Kamat's 'system' of delivering (read helming) made me 'wrong'.