SETTERS movie review is here. Released today, the movie stars Shreyas Talpade and Aftab Shivdasani in lead. Directed by Ashwini Chaudhary, the movie is reportedly about the racket in competition examination. Let’s find out in SETTERS movie review, whether it passes the test or not.
Immediate reaction when the end credits of SETTERS roll
Dosto ko salaam, Emraan Hashmi ko pranam, SETTERS mera naam, SETTERS mera naam, SETTERS mera naam… (to know the reason, read further)
The Story of SETTERS
An attempt to pay a tribute to Emraan Hashmi’s character in WHY CHEAT INDIA = Rakesh Singh aka Rocky Bhaiya, writers Ashwini Chaudhary and Vikash Mani hope to float their Bollywood dreams ki naiya. Apurva (Shreyas Talpade) enjoys the patronage of local kingpin Bhaiyyaji (Pavan Raj Malhotra). Apurva and his gang that includes Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Neeraj Sood and Zeishan Quadri are involved in leaking papers for competitive exams. Their business widens forcing the system to appoint top cop Aditya Singh (Aftab Shivdasani) to nab Apurva and his gang of exampur. Aditya with his team – Anil Mange, Jameel Khan and Sonalli Sehgall hatch a plan. What happens next…
SETTERS is not a ‘copy’ of Emraan Hashmi’s WHY CHEAT INDIA, the character of Apurva played by Shreyas Talpade shares the similarity in the leak paper business part. The side actors Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Neeraj Sood and Zeishan Quadri pack a punch. Pavan Raj Malhotra is fantastic. Ashwini Chaudhary gets the desi milieu right at some places. A fabulous sequence involving Vijay Raaz in a printing press. Shreyas Talpade’s winning act.
The characters lack graph, Ashwini Chaudhary adds unnecessary things like the old rivalry between Shreyas and Aftab, the Hindu Muslim thing somewhere from nowhere, the sheer lack of interest to highlight SETTERS as a social drama on the poisonous paper leak that is killing the Nation and reducing it to a mere cat and mouse game which you can still have minus the paper leak issue. Further, the movie is happy to enjoy its own contradictions – a scene where a girl returns the leaked paper of her Railways exams saying she will be selected on her merit and not by fraudulent means that may require her to sell her house. Apurva is highly impressed and he gives her the leaked paper for free and she takes it!!. Emraan Hashmi’s WHY CHEAT INDIA had its share of flaws but still it successfully raised a questioned and questioned the human morality and had punch lines, which SETTERS terribly lacks. Technically too it’s unbalanced with reality caught in a surreal bonding with that weird flight cabin scene. Half-baked love angle and even the characters of good people the cops – Anil Mange, Jameel Khan and Sonalli Sehgall are deprived of a graph and motivation to nab the gang of Apurva’s exampur. And Aftab Shivdasani tries very hard but ends up in giving an average performance.
SETTERS could have been an insight into the dangerous paper leak racket, but it lacks the might of solid will and power of a captivating and probing screenplay. SETTERS unfortunately ‘settles’ with a ‘compromised’ cat and mouse – cop V/s criminal thriller drama and in that too fails to ‘pass’ the test.