First-time director Zeishan Quadri is like a small boy taken on a merry-go-round ride for the first time in a mela
. He takes you on a royal spin, until you get a headache as the trolley man merrily pushes the cameraman round and round and round and round and round and round and round as a scene at a roadside eatery (right upfront), between the local goons is reduced to an eyesore.
You know immediately then that the director has no content to push the film beyond first gear. What happens next is sad to see because he had some fine actors on screen. Jaideep Ahlawat, Aakash Dahiya, Shadab Kamal, Chandrachoor Rai, Sanjay Mishra, Nushrat Bharucha, Brijendra Kala and Mukul Dev amongst others. This was a casting coup of sorts for Quadri. But with no plot or sub-plot in hand, he tries to move ahead with just an idea of a story. Had there been a little brain-storming at the ideating table, this movie could have well been an ISHQUIYA--It could have been intriguing as well as inspiring.
So you are left with a bunch of local goons, trying to make ends meet with the odd kidnappings and odd crime, with the help of a few women in their group. The kidnappings lack thrust and the movie plods on. Quadri on his part tries to infuse humour into the plot which is like having pizza with sambhar. It does work sometimes, but overall, the film lacked that intelligent touch.
It's nice to want to make a movie and give talented actors a break. On their part, talented actors should realise the flaw in the script and run a mile away from such projects.
At best, MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS can be described as a college play put up on their annual day.