Producers: Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar, Rohit Shetty and Aruna Bhatia
Director: Rohit Shetty
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, Abhimanyu Singh, Gulshan Grover, Rajendra Gupta, Kumud Mishra , Niharika Raizada and Sikandar Kher
By Jyothi Venkatesh
Call it just a queer coincidence, but Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), who had lost his parents during the ‘93 blasts, is now a part and parcel of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, and he is on the case. Veer has a strained relationship with his wife Riya (a Hindi speaking Katrina Kaif) because he once had severely endangered their son while on a deadly mission. This is the only other subplot this film chases, but thankfully as well as mercifully for not too long.
The story in film unfolds as the biggest attack is yet to happen in the city, as some sleeper cells from Lashkar have been activated and it is found that almost 600 kilos of RDX left over out of the 1 tonne from ’93 serial attacks is being used for the purpose. However, the daredevil Veer Suryanshi is literally undeterred and springs to action every time there is a earth shattering terrorist action in the city and towards the latter half whether it is logical or not, Suryavanshi is aided and abetted by two of his colleagues- guess who- none other than Simbba (Ranveer Singh) and Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) and all three form a riot.
As you would have guessed by now, raising the curtain with ’93 blasts in Mumbai, which was unfolded in the Anurag Basu directorial Black Friday a few years ago, the story focuses on a major chunk of explosive material left from the blast, linking it with a couple of fugitives who manage to escape back then. Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar) is handled the mission by his superior Kabir Shroff (Jaaved Jaaferi), who though was the star of solving the ’93 bombing case still regrets some of the choices he made.
As if the three weren’t enough to goad you into action, there is an ensemble cast, which includes Jackie Shroff as the leader of terrorist gang Omar Afeez, as well as other dreaded protagonists like Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Kumud Mishra and Nikitin Dheer, who make a substantial contribution to the plot’s progression. Jaaved Jaaferi, who plays the ATS head Kabir Shroff is perfect to the T as far as his part is concerned. Niharika Raizada has been cast in a role which doesn’t require her to emote and enact and hence has been wasted in the all male movie
Undoubtedly, it is Akshay Kumar who steals the scene with his detailed loyalty to his part while Katrina Kaif does not let down though she does not have many scenes for herself. While Ranveer Singh regales the audiences with his witty dialogues, Ajay Devgn goes through his part with a certain familiarity smug with confidence that he will be back in the next franchise. While Jackie has been reduced to just playing a bad caricature, it is Abhimanyu Singh and Kumud Mishra who are brilliant in their parts. Gulshan Grover is terrific while Rajendra Gupta is excellent.
To sum up, Rohit Shetty play a safe game especially since he knows that he is treading on the familiar territory with predictable and oft seen twists in his screenplay but manages to make us suspend our disbelief and believe him which is by itself the hallmark of a good director, like at one time Manmohan Desai used to at one time not so long ago.
In fact so steadfastly has Rohit strictly adhered to his tried and tested formula that though Akshay Kumar is the leading man of the film, he has even robbed him of what ought to have been a dedicated climax sequence of his with Singham Ajay Devgn stealing the limelight on the climax, which actually is more like an anti climax. To sum up, Suryavanshi which is 2.30 minutes long is nothing but a flight of fantasy! Go watch it if you are a fan of Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar