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Movie Review | THE POWER: Disappointing

What an irony – it feels like THE POWER was made by someone like Mahesh Manjrekar who has seen too many gangster films and made a couple of good ones as well

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MovieThe Power
CastVidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan, Mahesh V Manjrekar, Prateik Babbar, Jisshu Sengupta, Zakir Hussain, Sachin Khedekar, Sonal Chauhan
DirectorMahesh V Manjrekar
OTT PlatformZeePlex
Release Date14th January, 2021

THE POWER streaming on ZeePlex from January 14 2021, starring Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan, Mahesh V Manjrekar, Prateik Babbar and Jisshu Sengupta, critic movie review is here…

THE POWER Movie Review

THE POWER – What could have been an interesting saga of love family and morality under the directorship of Mahesh V Manjrekar who has proven his mettle in the gangster genre with Vaastav: The Reality (1999). And as a filmmaker with repute in general with Astitva (2000), Kurukshetra (2000), Kaksparsh (2012), Natsamrat (2016), Bhai: Vyakti Ki Valli (2019) turns into a tedious, uninspiring mess of an attempt to be the new version of ‘The Godfather’.

Kalidas Thakur (Mahesh V Manjrekar) rules Mumbai. When attacked his younger son, Devidas (Vidyut Jammwal) takes over his enemies but the decision brings turmoil in his relationship with his lover Pari (Shruti Haasan) daughter of Kalidas’ most trusted ally played by Zakir Hussain.

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Apart from Vidyut Jammwal’s action scenes and good amount of earnestness in Manjerekar as Kalidas, nothing works in this hotchpotch plot that tries too many things together. There are instances of the action scenes being unnecessarily gory, just to add sensation and make up for the flat and unmoving screenplay. A spineless villain in Rana (Sachin Khedekar), characters without establishing their behaviour changes, without proper explanations, is the highlight of this misfire. Shruti Haasan is miscast. Less said, about the other supporting cast – Jisshu Sengupta, Sonal Chauhan, etc. and the movie, would be much better.

Final words

What an irony – it feels like THE POWER was made by someone like Mahesh Manjrekar who has seen too many gangster films and made a couple of good ones as well like Vaastav: The Reality (1999) and may have dreamt of playing Brando (The Godfather) /Amitabh Bachchan’s (Sarkar) character sometime in his life. Finally gets a golden chance, but Manjrekar in all his innocence makes this movie for people who haven’t seen any of the gangster flicks; believing that they might like this 90’s ka ‘Dharmatma’ without disturbing the ‘aatma’ of Francis Ford Coppola ji’s 1972 masterpiece THE GODFATHER. Alas…

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