Thursday, March 17, 2011

#85: Emotional Atyachar

A businessman (Mohit Ahlawat), a casino owner (Abhimanyu Singh), his girlfriend (Kalki Koechlin), two corrupt cops ( the formidable and familiar duo of Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey) and a gangster ( Ravi Kishan) come together in Emotional Atyachar . The movie released in 2010 had Akshay Shere at the directorial helm with writer Bhavini Bhede. Both Akshay and Bhavini are products of the RGV factory hence the context of crime in the story is not surprising. If anything, going by the movie, they've learnt not just the tricks of the trade but also the tenor of the trade in this genre.

The stories are all inter-related and leave a lasting impression because of their being rooted in reality. There are no extra-terrestrial twists in the the story and thus it works well from an audience's point of view. The dialogues by debutant Kartik Krishnan also go a long way towards this end. The narrative which keeps going back and forth is stitched intelligently and presents to the viewer a series of circumstances that makes for a memorable viewing. The performances though, apart from the ever reliable Ranvir-Vinay, leave a lot to be desired. Both Kalki and Mohit just about make the passable grade even as Ravi Kishan hams.

At 95 minutes, there's little that you could cut out from the movie. When it comes to a close it is does enough to be an example of a movie with good intentions and reasonable foresight. Emotional Atyachar is a crafty flick made by the sort of people who know and love their movies. It's not too far from being the desi version of Snatch. It never achieves that greatness but never shies away from taking a good shot at it either.

Rating: 6.8/10

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