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Ungli movie review: Works for its social message and underplayed performances

Director :  Rensil D'silva
Music :  Salim-Sulaiman, Sachin-Jigar, Aslam Keyi and Gulraj Singh
Lyrics :  Manoj Yadav, Kumaar and Amitabh Bhattacharya
Starring :  Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda, Neil Bhoopalam and Angad Bedi

November 28, 2014 11:31:57 AM IST
updated March 9, 2015 3:07:32 PM IST
Ungli Review By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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UNGLI scores on two counts; for its social message and underplayed performances. And that's surprising for a plot so wafer thin. Even Sanjay Dutt who plays ACP Kali is a treat. Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda both tone down their penchant for overplaying their characters. The girls, Kangana Ranaut and Neha Dhupia along with Neil Bhopalam and Angad Bedi are all given a limited screen time, which actually is a huge plus, when viewed in totality.

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That is what actually worked for director Rensil D'Silva who puts emphasis on the subject rather than the characters.

Corruption, high-handedness in the police force, refusal by rickshawallas to ply, defacing the city by putting up hoardings are just some of the few issues D'Silva tackles with a huge dose of humour.


Spurred on by an incident in their life which gave them a first-hand account of how the system works in the country, Abhay (Randeep Hooda), Kaleem (Angad Bedi), Goti (Neil Bhoopalam) and Maya (Kangana Ranaut) set up a plot to clean the system and send a message to the powers-that-be as well as the general public. They call themselves the 'Ungli Gang' and come down heavily on corruption and corrupt officials. Even if they hear of an incident that has wreaked havoc on the common man, like Clark Kent, they don their masks at night and set out to right the wrong. All this is recorded and sent to a television channel.

The aam junta is over-the-top while the police force is in a tizzy. They set a trap for the 'Ungli Gang' by getting one of their own, inspector Nikhil, (Emraan Hashmi) to get a lead on them.

However, when Nikhil sets up a plot to nab the gang, he stumbles on an interesting secret. Will he be on the side of the law or the law-breakers? He is caught in a dilemma.

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Of special interest to me was the rickshaw driver who was sent on a 'lamba bhada' and the politician whose house was defaced with 'Happy Birthday' posters.

D'Silva has taken dollops of cinematic liberties and one can even see the residue of RANG DE BASANTI (which he co-wrote) but the movie does connect. And that is what matters.

 Ungli Review Rating : 
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