A Gentleman Movie Review
Expectations are quite high from young, talented and very league se hatke director duo, Raj & DK's upcoming comic action thriller, A GENTLEMAN- SUNDAR SUSHEEL RISKY, which is said to be a sequel to Hrithik Roshan's BANG BANG. Music is helmed by their favourite, Sachin-Jigar and why not! Together they have delivered memorable music like SHOR IN THE CITY, GO GOA GONE etc. Even their last debacle HAPPY ENDING had some chartbusting music. So let's plug on and get going.
A GENTLEMAN MOVIE STILLS
Club dance number, 'Disco Disco' starts with a lively tune that hooks but the 'mukhda' 'dil disco disco bole saari raat sajna' carries a heard before feel as the tune has a striking resemblance to 'Dil Dhak Dhak Dhadke' (DAAG-THE FIRE), which itself was a Rajasthani folk inspired song. Benny Dayal renders the number along with Shirley Setia and Vayu pens some routine filmy lyrics.
'Baat Ban Jaaye' once again promised much with a lovely mesmerising soft soothing start but once again a very pedestrian tune (in the 'mukhda') coupled with routine lyrics make it an average fare. Siddharth Basrur and Priya Sariaya lend their voices to the beach party number.
The first song that catches attention is 'Chandralekha', an office party Karaoke track, and is a peppy, groovy soft rock n roll (saxophone makes it party friendly) is based number with some nice Arabic background music. Lyrics by Vayu are funny and situational. Vishal Dadlani puts in a lot of zest in the rockish rendition with good support from Jonita Gandhi. It has been choreographed very well with some realistic dance moves and Jacqueline's hot pole dance.
The romantic duet that one has been missing comes in the form of 'Laagi Na Choote' which has been rendered well by Arijit and Shreya. The song does leave an impression but still that dew fresh tune that one expects from Sach-Jigs is missing. Background musical arrangements are nice with piano and guitars.
The highlight song of the album, 'Bandook Meri Laila' is actually a situational/ introductory song that throws light on the gun totting, dare devil gun totting character of the leads. The hip hop dance number has a nice groovy rhythm, good and apt rap by Raftaar, unique lyrics by Vayu and a nice rendition by Ash King and Jigar Saraiya.
The audio of A GENTLEMAN could have been classified as very good had it been from some other team. But when its Raj & DK with Sachin-Jigar (known for their fresh melodies) one expects some quality chartbusting stuff that is memorable like their previous albums. Our picks are 'Chandralekha' and 'Bandook Meri Laila' , though 'Disco Disco' does have that chartbusting potential. The action packed thriller releases this Friday and one hopes that the songs should gain more popularity after the release.
Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below
A GENTLEMAN: SUNDAR, SUSHEEL, RISKY... Wow!! That's something quirky and impressive as a title for an action packed thriller. Giving an impression that the erstwhile quirky quotient on screen - Raj & DK (GO, GOA GONE, SHOR IN THE CITY) may have gone beyond but alas, if only looks could have killed.
A GENTLEMAN MOVIE STILLS
With only a beard to distinguish between Gaurav who dreams of a house, a beautiful wife, two kids and a dog (so precise!) in Miami and Rishi a hard core contract killer on the run both played by the handsome and suave Sidharth Malhotra, A GENTLEMAN could have been a tout thriller about mistaken identities but after a warm introduction and welcome, the gentlemen is seen lost in its obsession for stylistic flourishes and visual flair.
Running in two parallel tracks A GENTLEMAN is about how the simple Gaurav in office attire and the dangerously suave and handsome Rishi cross paths. But an action packed thriller cannot have just one actor, so we have Gaurav's love interest Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez) and of course the villain in Colonel Vijay Saxena (welcome back Mr. Suniel Shetty) who's trying to hunt Rishi down. What happens next finds the crux of this film.
First half moves decently with a jolt coming just before the interval pushing your expectations to higher level but it turns out to be a soda water fizz. The team of Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and Sita Menon credited to the story has nothing beyond the title and the initial introduction to add any more novelty to this film. Demanding a degree of suspension of your beliefs every now and then, the second half turns into a mess. You see scenes like Sidharth Malhotra having Ching's noodles after a vigorous workout... this is how forced branding, packaging kills your film.
Scoring high points in technical finesse and elegantly choreographed action sequences, Raj & DK fail to impress this time. The narration is feeble and fails in maintaining the excitement of the audience.
It's the charm of the handsome and suave Sidharth Malhotra that saves A GENTLEMEN from a complete disaster. He is almost in every frame and infectious throughout, especially to his fans. Jacqueline Fernandez looks gorgeous and her pole dance is highlight but her character fails to get the required graph. It is sad to see Bollywood's veteran action hero like Suniel Shetty wasted in his comeback. Darshan Kumaar shines in his role. Rajit Kapur and Supriya Pilgaonkar as Kavya's parents pass the muster. Amit Mistry is fine. Hussain Dalal raises some laughs due to the way his name gets pronounced in the film.
Sachin-Jigar's music disappoints and it is just added to complete the package. Other technicalities like Roman Jakobi's cinematography deserve special mention. Miami, Thailand and Mumbai are captured breathtakingly. Aparna Sud's production design is attractive. Aarif Sheikh's editing required trimming. Cyril Raffaelli, Parvez Shaikh, George Aguilar's action sequences are superb.
A GENTLEMAN is a stylishly packed action drama which is attractive but not enough to make you fall in love. If you love Sidharth Malhotra more than anything else in this world then the movie is for you otherwise be wise.
- Actor: Sidharth Malhotra, Suniel Shetty, Darshan Kumaar, Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez
- Actress: Jacqueline Fernandez
- Lyrics: Priya Saraiya, Vayu, Vayu and Priya Saraiya
- Director: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK
- Music Director: Sachin-Jigar
- Release Date : 25 Aug 2017