VISHRAM SAWANT 'S CAREER AT RISK
VISHRAM SAWANT 'S CAREER AT RISK

By P Shukla - Eye TV India Bureau

Critic's I-view

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After the celebration, once again it is time to rewind in the past. And this time director Vishram Sawant makes you do so, because he has come with a story of an honest police officer versus an underworld don. It was Amitabh Bachchan's sheer softness on face and strong will power in his eyes that made 'Zanjeer' work some three decades ago. But, people in Hindi cinema have taken this story for granted. So, sometimes we see Amitabh Bachchan wearing the same uniform again and doing a 'Khakee' or many other actors trying to emulate him on screen in oft-repeated films. If we saw the rise of cinema in 'Guru', in just seven days, it comes back to square one.

It is not the failure of the medium but that of its think tank. There are several writers who need an amicable break, lest people in Hindi cinema keep on making movies on beaten tracks. 'Risk' falls in the same category, not because of its making but just because of its story. A cop trying to settle scores with a bully doesn't ignite fire at box office any more. Director Vishram Sawant got a break of his life time, when producer Ram Gopal Verma saw fire in him and handed him 'D', a prequel to 'Satya'. He grabbed the opportunity but failed to deliver. Now, he gets the same actor and makes him a cop named Suryakant from the don Deshu. Randeep Hooda may have changed the sides of the law but the ambience remains almost the same.

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Vishram Sawant is a brilliant director, no doubt. But when he chooses to waste our two and half hours in the theatre for a film like 'Risk', then his own career is at risk. 'Risk' is the story of an honest cop Suryakant Satam. He is the hero of his community; the department is proud of him and he is proud that he wants to eliminate criminals from the society. His main target is a dreaded don Khalid (Vinod Khanna), who operates from abroad. On his voyage to kill every criminal in sight, he falls short of something and the goons set a trap for him. He is falsely implicated, blamed and arrested following this. But, Khalid who sees fire of this cop wants to use him for his purpose.

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He manipulates to get Suryakant his uniform back. Then, with the help of Suryakant he wants to rule over the entire underworld. Khalid is happy with the success of his scheme, but little does he know that Suryakant has his own scheme. He kills Khalid's brother and trusted lieutenant. Khalid is unaware of the changed equations but Suryakant is not. While Khalid is looking for his rival goon (Zakir Hussain), Suryakant pitches for Khalid's life and eventually succeeds in eliminating him. The winner gets the applause but what about the whole drama than ensues in climax. It is better to leave cinema hall before it.

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If 'Risk' fails then the onus lies on none other than Vishram Sawant himself ; he has written the screenplay and not many know that the production company K Sera Sera that supported Ram Gopal Verma for long has put its money in 'Risk' as well. So, Vishram gets a good production company, equally powerful actors but he fails because he lacks the vision to do something new. Seeing 'Risk', it can be said Vishram now needs to leave this underworld ghost behind. He needs to move on and venture in some out of the blue ideas. He has got the style; he has got the ability to deliver; but needs a good story. He gets ample support from cinematographer Mahesh Muthuswamy and editor Vivek Shah, but the problem is not the technical support. In fact, Vishram himself is a very good technical director and proves it in many scenes. But, why he chose to make a film on such a storyis the real question. There is not much scope in the movie for music and even the song that has been done with Tanushree Dutta fails to leave its impact.

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'Risk' may be just one more trash from the Hindi cinema from the point of view of its narration. But that doesn't take away the credit of its actors, especially Randeep Hooda and Vinod Khanna. Randeep looks impressive in the role and he tries his best to leave his mark. Had he been given some other role, the results would have been totally different. He oozes confidence in front of the camera and doesn't even go for a flicker in scenes opposite a stalwart like Vinod Khanna. Vinod Khanna makes a comeback after 'Deewanapan' on big screen. Vinod started his career as a villain but when he was the biggest threat for Amitabh, he quit cinema.

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Now, he wants to grab his lost ground but it seems to be too late. Vinod and Amitabh's was the hit pair of seventies and eighties and they gave several hits. Maybe some one can repeat the charisma of the pair as good oldies doing some bad things on screen. Till then he should step aside and let his sons take the burden of acting. Next week sees the release of his son Akshaye's 'Salam-E-Ish. So, if the father has failed to click, may his son can do the wonder. Until then enjoy some super hit movies of dancing start Mithun Chakraborty on small screen. Mind it, he has that fire.

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