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 Deepak Tijori
 Monty Sharma
 Sandeep Nath
 Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal, Udita Goswami and Sagarika Ghatge

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September 5, 2009 11:25:54 AM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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I don't know which publisher in the world would take a decision of going into prints after reading a manuscript within the first night itself. Also, I don't know which publisher would cosy upto the writer and call him 'Baby' without even spending a day with him. In short, the publisher has the hots for the writer, who also happens to be a well-known criminal lawyer in India. The publisher in question is Sophia (Udita Goswami), who rushes through her dialogues and hurries through her scenes as though she has a local to catch.

The lawyer in question is Arjun Kapoor (Arjun Rampal) who is sought after and known for letting criminals off the hook with his in-depth knowledge of knowing where exactly the loopholes lie in the law. After one such case, he is distressed at being cursed where he defends his rich friend who has murdered an innocent girl. Disgusted, he decides to give up his practice after creating a furore in the court stating that his friend is indeed the killer. He is held in contempt of court and his licence is revoked. Arjun decides to take off to Goa leaving behind his flourishing practice and girlfriend Urvashi (Sagarika Ghatge).

In Goa he meets with an old man Vivian McNamara who invites him home after a session of fishing in Arjun's speed boat. He gives him a manuscript of a novel he has written and urges him to read it. Arjun is hooked onto it and finishes reading it in one night. Next morning McNamara calls to inquire whether he got a chance to read a few pages. Arjun tells him that he finished the entire script and loved it. He is invited over for a lunch of Goan Fish Curry by McNamara. However, when he reaches the old man's house, there are cops outside who tell him that he is dead.

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Arjun leaves with the manuscript leaving his phone number behind. He then goes to a publisher who insists he sign a contract with his name as he is the writer. The book, as expected flies off the shelves and soon it lands on the desk of Yashwant Deshmukh (Sunny Deol) who works in the crime branch in Goa. The book is titled 'Fix the FOX' and its content is on lawyers. From then on, the film picks up speed as Arjun is arrested. The reason; the crimes mentioned in the novel have actually happened and the detailed description proves beyond doubt that he is the murderer because no one will know such minute details described in each of the five murders of the lawyers.

I will just deviate from here. You know there is something amiss when the old man first befriends Arjun because of his huge belly and out of shape face. That is bad make-up which the director tries to hide with long shots. This is where the twist lies in the tale. But the surprise is stored for the end when you know that this FOX has really been fixed. But by who? That is the puzzle that has Yashwant, Arjun and Urvashi in a fix. Together they try to unravel the mystery.

Though the scenes in the beginning remind you of the films of old, the film soon shapes into an interesting thriller. The end, indeed, is quite novel. Director Deepak Trijori has done a fairly decent job.

Arjun Rampal is moving from strength to strength. He is confident in his role; as a lawyer and then as the one who has been fixed. Sagarika Ghatge is convincing too. The girl has potential. She sums up the scene before delivering her dialogues. Sunny Deol as the tough cop who is out to help Arjun is right on target.

This FOX is a thriller worth watching.

Ratings : 2.5/5

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