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 Mission Istaanbul
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 Apoorva Lakhia
 Shamir Tandon, Chirantan Bhatt, Anu Malik, Mika Singh
 Shabbir Ahmed, Hamza Faruqui, Sameer, Ishq Bector, Mika Singh, Virag Mishra
 Zayed Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Shreya Saran, Sunil Shetty

Mission Istaanbul Movie Review

July 28, 2008 1:29:35 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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One journalist from Aaj Tak along with a commando from Turkey combine to wipe off terrorism. No government support. Just these two guys on a mission to rid the world of terrorists and their activities. At least in Turkey and India. Whooa!! Welcome to a 'reality show' on cinema. Thank you Mr Lakhia for this wonderful 'believable' story.

It so happens that Vikas Sagar (Zayed Khan) is a talented TV journalist, he has the scoops and he even interviews terrorists in their den. He gets an offer from a television channel in Turkey (Al Johaara). These guys are so deep in their networking that they keep getting bytes from an Osama look-alike. In short, they go where no television journalists can reach. Rizwan (Vivek Oberoi) is a Turkish Commando who has lost his wife and daughter in a bomb blast and he wants to rid the country of terrorists. He follows Zayed and then lets him know that Al Johaara is nothing but a front for terrorist activities; that the channel is run by terrorists themselves. And they now want to set up office in India.

Then begins the battle to wipe off their data, download it on a pen drive (I don't know what capacity it had) because I'm sure the data on the server will be too huge to be downloaded on a pen drive, release a virus and then kill them (terrorists) off one by one. Any journalist wanting to leave the channel is bumped off and his image hung in the 'Hall Of Martyrs' by the head honcho Ghazni (Nikitin Dheer) who explains that they died on duty!

There is also a Scorpio in Istanbul, which is used by Zayed and Vivek in chases and to bang off other vehicles on the road, but surprisingly, there is not a scratch on the vehicle.

If you are willing to digest the above-mentioned details, sit back, and enjoy a good action flick, then Lakhia has done a good job. The action is top class, executed well and pulled off stylishly by the lead of Vivek and Zayed. There's even an Angelina Jolie look-alike (Shweta Bharadwaj) who joins the party. In between Abhishek Bachchan pops up somewhere doing his BLUFFMASTER act.

The only time you are really willing to forgive Lakhia for getting you out on this Mission is when the George Bush look-alike brings the house down. This is where writer Suresh Nair really shines.

Dar Ke Aagey Jeet Hai, says the tagline on the posters, before you enter the theatre, just scribble on your ticket -- Door Ke Peeche Exit Hai!

Ratings : 1/5

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