Ankush lags in 'Mumbai Mirror'By K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: Sachiin Joshi, Gihani Khan, Vimla Raman, Prakash Raj, Mahesh Manjrekar
Direction : Ankush Bhatt
Bollywood released two much awaited films on Friday 18 January, 2013. While Sudhir Mishra's 'Inkaar' starring Arjun Rampal and Chidrangda Singh lived up to the anticipated stir it made, the other Bollywood flick 'Mumbai Mirror' by director Ankush Bhatt just wasn't as good as expected. Ankush is very well versed with the Mumbai underworld as he directed the acclaimed film 'Bhindi Bazar Inc' in the past. One had raised hopes considering Ankush knows the subject just too well, with Mumbai's dark side comprising cheap and greedy people - cops, politicians, bar-girls or villainous heroes - too ambitious and ready to rise fast.
Abhijeet Patil, played by Sachiin Joshi, is a police officer. Having witnessed his cruel father physically abusing his mother, Abhijeet is unable to bear anyone hitting a woman. Though a debauched himself, he loves woman and hates woman abusers. The film revolves around the rise and falls of his life. He sets out as one of the best cops and successfully handles drug dealers. Of course, he rubs wrong people on the wrong sides. He messes up with a local but powerful don called Shetty, played by none other than veteran villain Prakash Raj. The latter runs innumerous illegal bars and is involved in drug mafia. Abhijeet arrests him but loses job in the process. Abhijeet has a double personality. While he stops illegal activities in his territory, he is also notorious for cricket betting and even gets caught up in a drug addiction!
When Shetty is out for revenge, Durani, who heads the betting mafia, is also out there for recovery of his payments. This breaks Abhijeet, but his loved ones help him fight back. But, Abhijeet gradually learns to play his cards wisely and thus changes the game. The movie's story and the screenplay are good, but the director is just not able to deliver on screen what he did in 'Bhindi Bazar Inc'. The cast, especially protagonist Sachin Joshi, doesn't justify his character; he isn't strong as is his character. But, he does play stunts and gets hurt. Prakash Raj, as usual, performs well. Prashant Narayanan as Sachiin's hostile colleague has not much to act. Similarly, Aditya Pancholi has no significant role. Sudesh Berry with his obvious 'Bihari' accent is okay. The female performances aren't satisfactory at all. The bar dancer played by Gihani Khan leads a dual life of a sex worker and a siren. She dances in the beer bar and stands close to don Shetty. Anyway, her item numbers are awful! Vimala Raman plays a television journalist, who wages a war against crime and corruption prevailing in every walk of life in the city.
Overall, the movie is okay to watch as an insight into Mumbai's underworld life.
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