Akshay Kumar as an underworld Don, Shoaib, is having a dhamaal
time; A flashback in Mumbai and then somewhere in the middle-east. His well-gelled hair, parted at the side, dark sunglasses and well-cut suits which are 'close-fit' (the suits in the era shown, were loose and long) are carried off well. He modulates his voice a bit to a drawl, dragging his sentences to inject imminent fear.
He also fixes cricket matches; the umpires wait for him at the toss, even though the captains are on the field; he knows when it will be a six, or when a batsman will score his century and when a wicket will fall. There is also a comedy upfront (I don't think it was intended that way). His character cozies up to Sophie Choudry, who he asks to wear a black saree and everything red underneath. Now Sophie is going for his party that night with her husband, but she does not know who he is. She obliges!
The writer, in the hope of inducing laughter has tempered the script with some smart, some not-so-smart one-liners to shape up the Don. A nice ploy, but overdone. CHECK OUT: Akshay Kumar - OUATIMD was a complete challenge
Everything is going well for a time-pass genre of a film, when suddenly Milan Luthria decides to push Sonakshi Sinha onto the screen. It is like a double-handed push to an unwilling child, from an over-enthusiastic parent, who is backstage waiting for her chance to arrive, yet nervous and not knowing what to do.
This is where, time-pass becomes dreary and like a Sehwag innings which starts off with a flurry of sixes, you see him attempting a reverse-sweep (over-confidence) and banging the bat onto his wicket. Milan Luthria, you have just done that; OUT... Hit-Wicket!
Sonakshi knocks the wind out of Akshay's josh
, fishes around to mouth dialogues (which she knows at the back of her mind are taking her and the film nowhere), and just about manages to hobble with her act of a coy girl from Kashmir who is now wanting to act in Hindi films. Ridiculous is just an understatement.
There is also Mahesh Manjrekar, a supposed don, but who can be best described as a clown. These two characters are the spoilers for this film.
Shoaib is back in Bombay to avenge a botched-up attempt to kill him by his rival, Manjrekar. Dongri is his playground and Imran Khan and Pitobash Tripathy are his proteges, who he picked up from the streets of Bombay, 12 years ago as kids.
Everything is nice; even Sonali Bendre is used shrewdly. But Luthria was itching to gusao
the love triangle that he did not have the proper planning or appropriate screenplay for these moments. CHECK OUT: OUATIMD sequel boasts of bigger rivalry & more entertainment
Also, though Akshay is presented well, he is not able to terrify, which is precisely what his role is meant to be. Instead, it ends up in a comedy.
In comparison, Chennai Express
looks like a work of art!