Debutant director Rohit Shetty's film Zameen doesn't really offer anything new. The story written by Suparn Verma is largely inspired by the real-life 1999 Flight IC-814 hijack and since of late we have had a quite a few films against the backdrop of terrorism and Kashmir, Zameen gives you a feeling of déjà vu. A leader of a terrorist outfit Zaheer Khan (Mukesh Tiwari) arrested by the Indian army has to be traded with the lives of the passengers of an Indian Airways flight grounded in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. Colonel Ranjit Singh Ranawat (Ajay Devgan is fast replacing the Punjab da puttar Sunny Deol in the 'Mera Bharat Mahan' dialogue department) joins hands with ACP Jai (Abhishek Bachchan), who heads the anti-terrorism squad in the rescue mission of the hijacked plane. Then there are the usual clichés - a mole in the Indian army, five young Pakistani terrorists coming to Mumbai for the mission aided by an Indian professor, a garage owner and the likes. Also the thing about Jai's past which haunts him. An ex-military officer, Jai had committed a mistake which cost nine lives for which his then chief Ranvir had demanded his resignation. Jai had then joined the police force to erase that blot on his character.
After some superbly shot car and helicopter chases and some splendid action scenes - Ajay Devgan seems to have largely inspired Abhishek in those - Zahir Khan is killed with the terrorists in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir while the Indian army commandoes rescue the passengers. Oh yes, by the way on board is air-hostess Nandini Rai (Bipasha Basu), Jai's fiancée who too gets a chance to mouth some heavy-duty lines and thankfully we are spared of Bipasha's cleavage and sexy smooches.
Though the film looks jaded in terms of the script, it's perked up by the performances of Ajay and Abhishek. They both exude tremendous style and this film could bridge the distance between Aby's baby and the box-office. Shetty's direction doesn't offer any surprises though he does manage to tone down the jingoism a little. Jai Singh's action sequences are also an added plus point.
All said and done, Zameen is grounded in the same tried and tested plot of terrorism and the fight against it. Watch it only for the two lead men!
If you feel that Zameen is a tried and tested plot then I would love to know what do you think about Hollywood churning out a Holucoust film every year. At least the plot of Zameen is current, compared to Holucoust.
- Punit Bahri
I'm sorry to disagree to your unjust criticism of the movie,your didn't seem like a review but a critic''s comments. Zameen has given something to watch out for in a period where bollywood has been unable to attract people to theatres.The story line is pretty good,it doesn't matter if it was inspired by a real incident. The direction is excellent & so are the performances by ajay & abhishek.The movie offers something different than what has become a "typical hindi movie".I believe the one scene when zaheer khan & ranvir singh where the press lowers its cameras was not just superb, but beyond any words to praise it.The background music is superb.The sense of patriotism shown will certainly inspire every indian & instill confidence in every indian about their defence forces. In short i loved the movie wholeheartedly congratulate the movie team to bring out an excellent show.