RASHTRA KAVACH OM
Producer: Zee Studios & Ahmed Khan
Director: Kapil Verma
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sanjana Sanghi, Jackie Shroff, Ashutosh Rana and Prakash Raj and Prachi Pandya
Platform of Release: Theatrical
By Jyothi Venkatesh
The film which is one dimensional right from the first till the last frame is about a para commando who is on a top-secret mission for the nation (Aditya Roy Kapoor). As he goes to work with his top-notch combat skills, he realizes that his personal and professional life is intertwined with multiple layers of lies, betrayal and deceit at every step that he takes on.
If you are the type who wants to know what the story of the film is, the film starts with Om (Aditya Roy Kapur) being called in for an all-important mission, but the attack leaves him half-dead. When he recovers, he has lost his memory and is fumbling to find answers about his past and present. He is in the care of Kavya (Sanjana Sanghi), who can kick some serious butt when it comes to defending her team members. Om also has an added task to find out who his father is and prove that he was not a traitor.
The premise of Rashtra Kavach Om revolves around a team of special investigating RAW agents whose job is to bring back a nuclear shield that a scientist once built to defend India against nuclear attacks. However, this scientist, played by Jackie Shroff, breaks his promise and these RAW agents now have to track down the traitor and bring back the shield.
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The biggest setback of the film is that it does not have a cohesive screenplay worth its salt, with a story as old as hills and padded with multiple layers making it unnecessarily complex. The deafening background score adds noise to blast your ears. Though all said and done, the action choreography is a definite plus and more than compensate for the otherwise lengthy and laborious as well as convoluted screenplay.
Aditya Roy Kapur pulls off action with his lean mass look, physique and effortless moves, but unfortunately his well-bronzed biceps and six pack abs are not enough to carry this daft action thriller. Petite Sanjana Sanghi, has been wrongly cast as a para commando Dr Kavya, as she fails to project her part well. As for the other actors, Jackie Shroff impresses in parts whereas Ashutoh Rana and Prakash Raj just manage to put in some average work as they are handicapped by the plot which throws in twists and turns in every reel. Prachi has been under-utilized as Om’s mother.