Cricket, movies or politics are few among the most favorite discussed topics of an average common Indian man. Despite of that when it comes to making films on these most loved topics, we have very few good films to boost in the above mentioned genres. If we look at the Hollywood films, they have a long list of great films featuring their favorite sport, films and politics. We have seen some of the finest political satires out there, but sadly when we come back to our country, there are very few good films to count under this genre. Films like 'Parakh', 'Kissa Kursi Ka', 'Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho', 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro', 'Peepli Live', 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' and few more dealt with the issues of the common man but with a good dash of humour and entertainment. Sadly, there have been an end number of attempts to recreate the magic of films like 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' and none of them have succeeded. There are so many weaker to terrible films made under this genre and thus, the expectation levels have been super low whenever any film under this genre has released. One of this week's released film 'Zed Plus' is also a political satire made by Dr.Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who gave us a hard hitting television serial 'Chanakya' and a national award winning film 'Pinjar'. Thus, let's find out whether he will manage to give us a much needed good political satire indulged with humour in it or might end up delivering another half baked product with a good concept but, presented in a weak and bland manner.Story:
'Zed Plus' is the story of Aslam (Adil Hussain), who is a tyre-puncher repairer living in Fatehpur a small town in heart of Rajhasthan. He also happens to be one among the many care takers of a Dargah and on his day of service, India's Prime Minister (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) visits Durgah. The prime minister is pleased with the offerings of Aslam and offers assistance to Aslam and his problems. After the meeting, due to some confusion Aslam is granted a high level Zed security which stays with him all the time. How does Aslam deal with this new trouble in his life is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is fresh and presented in a humorous manner. The first half of the film is total enjoyable with lots of comical and good scenes like Mukesh Tiwari -Adil Hussain's daily tiffs, Kulbhushan Kharbanda's visit to the Dargah followed by K.K Raina explaining the security measures to Adil Hussain, Security following Adil everywhere, Ravi Jankal convincing Adil for politics and few more.These scenes are narrated in quite a simple and realistic manner just on the lines of television series like 'Malgudi Days' or some Shyam Benegal type of comical films like 'Hari Bhari', 'Welcome To Sajjanpur' or 'Well Done Abba'. Though, the makers take their sweet time to establish the basic plot line of the film and drags at many point especially in the last hour of the film. The dramatic scenes between Mona Singh and Adil Hussain bores you to the fullest. The whole sweetness and simplicity goes missing as the movie takes the political angle in the finale portions. The makers should have kept the film direct to the point and continued the entertaining moments throughout the film. The movie is super long and needs to be trimmed for its benefit.Music & Direction:
Music is not up to the mark and the songs dilutes the flow of the film.
Dr.Chandraprakash Dwivedi returns to direction after a huge gap and one can never forget his brilliant work on television in form of 'Chanakya' or in his award winning film 'Pinjar'. Thus, watching a small budget political satire from him is totally unexpected. He comes up with something original and engaging under the genre of political satire. He starts on a flying note with power-packed moments, but later on somewhere down the line runs out of his creativity and thus the movie ends up as an above average product with lots of good stuff attached to it. The length and creativity in the later part of the film damages the film and it's great concept.Performances:
Adil Hussain gives yet another fantastic performance on the lines of his award winning film 'Lessons In Forgetting' and slips easily under its character. Kulbhushan Kharbanda, K.K.Raina, Mukesh Tiwari, Rahul Singh, Ravi Jhankal and Ekavali Khanna are great in their parts. These actors add their expertise and shines out in the film. Mona Singh is fine, but ends up on the bland note in the dramatic scenes. Sanjay Mishra is wasted.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, this movie has good dum for all those who love to watch well made films with some different concept attached to it. The movie is engaging for sure with lots of good and witty writing associated with it in the first half of the film. Later on, the ideas dry out and movie goes on a stagnant note ending up as an above average product, which had full potential to become a great film. Still, keeping aside the negative part, this movie deserves to be seen by all those who love good political satire and simple films and will be glad that finally an original political satire is made in our Hindi films which is not a weak inspiration of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron'.Ratings: 3/5