TEZZ is the second film of the week set within a day. It's breezy and Tezz, as the name suggests. Priyadarshan, best known for comedies, gets his cast off the blocks in a jiffy, and there's action right from the word go. If you are looking for some slick action drama, then hop on to this train with over 500 people on board from Glasgow to London.
Aaakash (Ajay Devgn) has planted a bomb on this train. His demand is a huge sum in ransom which the government is not in favour of. Arjun Khanna (Anil Kapoor) is the Counter Terrorism Command who has just retired. As he prepares to board his flight to India, he is asked for 'just one more day', to help negotiate with the terrorist.
Boman Irani is the head of the London rail network. His daughter is also on the ill-fated train. As the call of a bomb comes in along with the demand for ransom, everyone is on their toes. If the train drops its speed below 60 miles per hour, lives will be lost. Will the ransom demand be met and the bomb diffused in time?
Set in London, the film moves at a brisk pace at most times, but what takes away is the way Indians dominate in the UK - be it a terrorist (Ajay), Counter Terrorism Command (Anil) or Boman. All the plum posts are held by Indians! Moreover, Aakash is not your hardcore terrorist, but just someone who wants to get back at the system for taking away his innocence and jeopardizing his family life.
How he trains himself to handle explosives, or why Megha (Sameera Reddy) or Aadil (Zayed Khan) help him out are deeper mysteries. Why would they want to turn criminals for Aakash? The only logical explanation offered is that Aakash helped shield them when they did not have their proper work documentation. His paperwork too was incomplete. So he was deported, his marriage questioned, his accounts frozen and in short his life thrown out of the window. His wife Kangana Ranaut (absolutely unimpressive) and he failed to get in touch for four years. Aaksah later tells his wife that he sent her many emails. If only she had replied to one, there would have been no situation to bomb a train and his life would not have spiraled out of control!
When the protagonist has enough ammunition to turn against a government, his revolt is justified. But here it is not so. A few years ago, Kabir Khan's NEW YORK, beautifully justified John Abraham's reason to rebel.
Another fatal blow to TEZZ is an item number which drops the speedometer to almost zero when it had touched 160kmph. What was the need for this song Priyadarshan? Mallika Sherawat is so disturbingly lax that you wonder if there was a choreographer on duty!
Performance wise, it's an Ajay and Anil show and both come up trumps. The energy levels shown by Anil Kapoor at 50-plus is amazing. Hats off to Munna! Rest of the goras do a good job in the background.
There's a bit of the Keanu Reeves starrer SPEED and the Bruce Willis starrer DIE HARD in TEZZ. The three star rating is purely for the gripping, Hollywood-like action.