Kangana’s versatility as a performer is on full show, however this campy action-thriller stays glum and superficial until the very finish

Kangana’s versatility as a performer is on full show, however this campy action-thriller stays glum and superficial until the very finish

Mounted like a showreel of Kangana Ranaut’s versatility, this action-thriller is extra fashion than substance. When a face that might soften a hundred hearts will get into the enterprise of separating our bodies from souls, it deserves consideration. Living as much as the title, Kangana persistently evokes awe in motion sequences and her silence evokes curiosity as she walks into a house that’s normally meant for hulks like John Abraham and Vidyut Jammwal.

However, director Razneesh ‘Razy’ Ghai dashes the hope that his star performer raises. He has manufactured a set of ‘scenes’ however there may be solely a flimsy storyline in between. It appears the makers are holding placards for the viewers: right here is the spellbinding entry of the protagonist, have a look at the scene to determine the brutal nature of the villain, right here comes the tear-inducing sacrifice of the sidekick… and so forth.

Ghai tries to maintain us hooked with mood-altering lights, pumps a lot of bullets and blood in motion set items, and even employs youngster artists in violent scenes to govern the viewers, however nonetheless fails to convey us anyplace near the sting of our seats.

It reminds one of the campy Hollywood and Korean motion thrillers the place blood and gore should be seen to be believed; the place the heroine sings in the den of the villain even when she is proven to be a arduous nut to crack, and the place the antagonist reaches the highest storey of a high-rise by the climax. Closer house, director Sanjay Gupta used to dish out this delirious stuff the place violence is normalised and the protagonist is bulletproof.

Here, Kangana performs one such hero referred to as Agent Agni. Grappling with reminiscences of her violent childhood, Agni aka Dragonfly has emerged as a pressure that ensures no different woman has to undergo hell. When her handler (Shashwata Mukherjee) assigns her the mission to extract Rudraveer (Arjun Rampal), a cold-blooded animal who operates in coal mines and offers in human trafficking, Agni finds there may be extra to this murky world than meets the attention.

However, Ghai paints a sketchy element of Rudraveer and his accomplice in crime Rohini (Divya Dutta). The film means that they’re merchandise of the identical system that they’re preventing towards, however the thought stays solely on paper. The showdown between Agni and Rohini in the direction of the top of the second half is probably the one scene the place you are feeling some churning in the intestine. In a outstanding show of histrionics, Divya wins it arms down.

Usually, such pulpy content material works on inherent humour in storytelling, however Ghai chooses to maintain it glum and superficial. The smile surfaces solely when Agni’s state of affairs in the film, inadvertently, begins reminding us of Kangana’s considerations in actual life.

In the absence of a cogent character arc, Arjun looks like a mannequin from a vogue present who misplaced the way in which from the ramp and reached the jungles of central India. He is made to sound husky, however the transfer solely stretches our ears. Even trusted performers like Shashwata and Sharib Hashmi fail to make us make investments in the proceedings.

Perhaps, the one method to endure Dhakaad is to look at it as a celebration of Kangana’s expertise. We all the time knew that she might emote, however right here she reveals that she will style blood as nicely. The star fires weapons and kicks butts with the identical quantity of conviction she shows whereas adorning the skimpiest of attire. The film is one such outfit!

Dhaakad is at the moment working in theatres

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