A Gentleman : (2017) Bollywood Movie Review
A Gentleman : Supposedly planned as a sequel to Hrithik Roshan’s blockbuster ‘Bang Bang’ (2014), the makers have cried hoarse in media denying it. Stepping out of the INOX audi with exactly six other people on the first day first show, I actually felt this mindless actioner would’ve probably worked better as Bang Bang 2 with Hrithik playing to the gallery.
It has a macho hero kicking ass, getting jiggy with his arm candy and performing some well choreographed stunts. An ideal showcase for Hrithik Roshan’s star persona.
Nothing against Sidharth Malhotra, who plays the titular role here. The guy has done an earnest job as a sales dude in Miami winning clients over powerpoint presentations while his doppelganger in India plays an agent to an ex- national security unit head gone rogue (Suniel Shetty trying to sound like Girish Karnad. Hee hee!). Sid ain’t bad at all but hasn’t yet achieved that level of stardom needed to pull off a no-brainer nonsensical plot like this.
Jacqueline Fernandez, the sole reason I braved the incessant rains to pay this film a visit, looks sexy enough to manage the oomph factor efficiently. Thankfully, she’s given minimal dialogues to underplay her lack of acting skills. Thoughtful, that!
Director duo Raj & DK, whose repertoire includes the interesting ‘Shor in the City’ (2011) and delightfully bizzare ‘Go Goa Gone’ (2013), go down the Bond action path but come undone in absence of any meat in their plot. The dhan-ta-nan twist in the tale, which comes just before the interval sign flashes on screen, may jolt some (I could see it coming though!!) but makes way for a routine and lengthy wham-bam in the second half.
There are lot of references to Bond and Bourne series and even a memorable Bachchan dialogue from ‘Agneepath’ (1990) is used whenever a bomb goes boom. Other than the pulsating action, much of the drama shama doesn’t make any sense and that gay encounter with a slimy politician was just yuck!!
On the positive, the action sequences are expertly handled. The ‘Chandralekha’ song is zingy enough to hum. And yes, a couple of attempts at humour like Jacqueline’s parent’s coming to Sidharth’s home at the most inopportune time bring a smile on your face. Sadly, the rest of ‘A Gentleman’ doesn’t.
Ratings on some key aspects :
1. Acting: 2/5
2. Direction : 2/5
3. Music : 2.5/5
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 1.5/5
5. Cinematography : 3.5/5
6. Production Quality : 3.5/5
7. Action : 4/5