Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Siddharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet, Anupam Kher & Naseeruddin Shah
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Review by Ronak Kotecha
What’s it about?
A young Indian army officer goes on a rebellious mission to save the country from vested business interests but can he do that without getting into trouble from his own ilk?
Attention. Soldiering ahead with yet another patriotic salvo, here’s writer-director Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Aiyaary’ - a coup of all his patent hallmarks. A secret service unit, a covert operation, a hacker, and of course a rebel with a cause.
Parading in this war of good against bad are some of his usual suspects – Manoj Bajpayee, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher (in order of appearance) who follow the drill of good acting.
Neeraj adds a stoic Siddharth Malhotra as the jawaan with his heart in the right place but the one who doesn’t really toe the line. But amidst all of this, he finds time to hack into the gullible heart of Rakul Preet - a charming hacker, who walks into his well laid plans (not surprisingly), wearing chic designer wear and some computer mumbo jumbo that she types out with blazing speed. At the heart of this is the lethal combo of business and politics.
What goes around, keeps going around
Neeraj spends much of the first half setting the plot for his army of characters. For that, he uses constant flashbacks in spurts which is entertaining at first but the narrative starts to become frustratingly unidimensional and non-progressive. What really exposes the chinks in Neeraj’s armour is the writing and its presentation that does not let the story march ahead.
In fact, in this digital age, the director lets a TRP hungry news channel call the shots – so old school.
Towards the end, when you finally feel ‘Aiyaary’ will go into an all guns blazing mode, it misfires.
To sum it up, ‘Aiyaari’ is an opportunity messed!
I am going with 2 stars.