Remember all those Robin Hood kind of films from the 70's and the 80's era, where the hero used to steal from the rich and share it with the poor. Right from the 'Jugnu' days till recent films like 'Kick', our Hindi cinema audience has always loved those films where the hero tries to take the law in his own hands not for personal vendetta, but for solving the common man's problem. Also, in the recent times we also did witness films where a group of people in order to prove their point against the corrupt system take some staunch actions. Films like 'Rang De Basanti', 'A Wednesday' and a few more have been the pioneer in such types of films and thus one does have high expectations with a film like 'Ungli', as its directed by Rensil D'Silva, the same person who wrote 'Rang De Basanti'. So lets find out whether this combination of Robin Hood type of concept and group of people fighting against corruption will create a new trend in our Hindi cinema or this movie too, might be one of those type of film, where except for the unique concept there is nothing more attached to the film.
'Ungli' film is a story about a masked group who call themselves as 'The Ungli Gang', which consist of Abhay (Randeep Hooda), Maya (Kangana Ranaut), Gautam (Niel Bhoopalam) and Kalim (Angad Bedi). Together they teach a lesson to all the corrupt people who have been harassing the common man. Their gang gets a new entrant Nikhil (Emraan Hashmi), who also wants to punish this corrupt and selfish society. On the other side ACP Kale (Sanjay Dutt) has been assigned the task of nabbing this gang. How does ACP Kale lay his trap, so that he can catch the so called criminals is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story has minor inspiration from Robin Hood style of films and has a strong undercurrent of 'Rang De Basanti' going along with it. Also, one might remember films like 'Donnie Brasco' or The Departed' as the basic plot line of 'Ungli' does somewhere match with it. Though, the screenplay writers narrate their tale in a fast paced manner with some remarkable scenes like the starting scene where the gang starts their first operation, followed by the graphic titles, the gang teaching lesson to the driving inspector, Sanjay Dutt-Emraan Hashmi talk at the bar, Emraan's lesson to the auto rickshaw drivers followed by the Arunoday Singh's track, the gang making traffic cops eat money, Sanjay Dutt's final plan and many more. Almost all the operations lead by the Ungli gang are enjoyable, but in between these operations, the movie starts to wobble as the basic connect and the soul of the film is somewhat missing. You do not feel for the characters nor find the punishments practical, but in the cinematic manner will enjoy the solutions shown in the film, especially the final twenty minutes of the film which is totally entertaining. If those scenes would have not been in the film, the movie would have ended on a disappointing note. The camera work is fine as per the flow of the film.
Music & Direction:
The music fails to be the part of the narrative screenplay, but are enjoyable. 'Dance Basanti' is superb and one will love to see the sizzling chemistry between Emraan Hashmi and Shraddha Kapoor. 'Pakeezah' is soothing and the theme song goes with the flow of the film.
It would have been a great relief for the director Renzil D'Silva as the movie finally got released after a long delay. The movie does not look outdated and even after so many years, connect with us on the content level. He narrates the tale in a sweet and entertaining manner, focusing on the small but essential problems of a common man. If only he would have added more depth to his lead characters and the issues the end results would have been outstanding.
It was good to see Sanjay Dutt in a decent and impactful role after a long time. Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda portray their part with total conviction. Kangana Ranaut hardly had anything to offer and after watching her outstanding performance in Queen, its painful to see her in such minuscule role. Neil Bhoopalam and Angad Bedi lend good support. Neha Dhupia, Raza Murad, Mahesh Manjrekar, Reema Lagoo were wasted. Arunoday Singh was fine in his part. Shraddha Kapoor looked outstanding in her special appearance.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, 'Ungli' is a decent film with good concept presented in an entertaining manner. Its not as great as films like 'Rang De Basanti' or 'A Wednesday', but is far better and enjoyable then the recent films made under the same theme line. If we consider 'Ungli' movie as a poker game between a common man and the corruption, it ends up getting a full hand consisting of good concept, crisp direction, razor swift dialogues and decent performances by the lead actors.Ratings : 3.5/5