With off-beat films like AAMIR, NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, A WEDNESDAY, FUKREY and SPECIAL 26 etc. succeeding at the turnstile, it seems that the Indian audience has surely matured and so even directors and makers who are into hardcore commercial cinema are now experimenting with newer subjects. .
, a film with an ensemble star cast comprising of the likes of Rishi, Irrfan, Arjun and Shruti appears to be one such film. Directed by Nikhil Advani who takes a departure from his usual candy floss romance to hard core off beat action cinema, the music is as always entrusted to his favourite trio after SALAAM-E-ISHQ, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Niranjan Iyengar (a Karan Johar regular). The trio have just come up with a superlative score in BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG
and one expects some more classy stuff from them. Let's turn on the play button and check out their latest offering.
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The first on the block is ''Duma Dum'' and Mika Singh is a surprise choice for this evergreen hugely popular 'sufi' number that has been made immortal by the likes of the legendary Abida Parveen and Runa Laila. Mika needs to be commended as he does well and gives the number that required enthu and zeal as also his twists. He is accompanied by Mani Mhadevan, Gaurav Gupta, Devendra Chitnis and Arun Ingle. S-E-L refurbish the number with today's musical arrangements but the immortal tune remains unchanged and that is the USP of the track. Lyrics too are modified to fit into the situational needs of the film.
The acting is in a 'special zone'. Irrfan Khan is seen in a never before mode. No hangover of his earlier characters has been carried over, which has been my grouse in the past. This is a brand new Irrfan. Ditto Arjun Rampal. He blasts through with a power-packed performance. Watch his last scene with Rishi Kapoor, the Don. You don't know who to applaud.
Huma Qureshi has given us one more performance to make us believe that she is headed for the top. What engages you where Akash Dhaiya is concerned is his excellent body language. A lesson for students in acting. Nassar as the RAW Chief Ashwini Rao is here to stay. He draws you to him with his intensity and complete authority of the role he portrays.
A special mention must be made about debutante Sree Swara Dubey who plays Irrfan's wife. She weaves her way into the role and the plot astutely. You leave the movie haunted by her face. Watch out for this talent. Shruti Haasan
too is used sparingly and essays her role as the Pakistani prostitute convincingly.
Rishi Kapoor is taking giant strides in playing the baddie. In fact he is creating a zone of his own. After AURANGZEB, he gives yet another convincing performance.
Another clear winner is the soulful music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The haunting melodies with apt lyrics tear through you as Advani makes optimal use of situations to throw in the music. CHECK OUT: Nikhil Advani - No one is been targeted
All-in-all, D-DAY is a clear winner. A thriller worth every penny. This is the first time I would say, where art imitates life on screen. The first half is pure thrill with no a blemish.
The downside is just seven minutes, where Advani loses a slight grip on the narrative in the second half. That is the only fear when a script goes back and forth. But he immediately gains control to deliver a killer punch in the end.
A last line to the writers, Suresh Nair and Ritesh Shah, who have helped Advani ink this out -- A very 'delicate issue', dealt with an 'in-your-face' approach.
Go on, watch it. This is D-Day!
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Rishi Kapoor, Irfaan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi and Shruti Hassan
Lyrics: Niranjan Iyengar
Director: Nikhil Advani
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
- Release Date : 19 Jul 2013