'7 Hours To Go'
Director: Saurabh Varma
Cast: Sandeepa Dhar, Shiv Pandit, Varun Badola
A hostage crisis has gripped the Bombay High Court, and it has nothing to do with litigants tired of waiting for the wheels of justice to turn.
Barring Varun Badola, other actors' performances are barely convincing
In a prologue to Saurabh Varma’s 114-minute thriller, a group of masked robbers unsuccessfully try to storm Khemka Towers, the corporate headquarters of the evil Kabeer Khemka (Rohit Vir). A few months later, Uttar Pradesh police officer Arjun (Shiv Pandit) has invaded the Bombay High Court and single-handedly taken seven men hostage. Arjun wants justice for his slain girlfriend Maya, for which he blames Kabeer. Wisecracking officer on duty Ramesh Dhadke (Varun Badola) is unsuited for the job, and there’s also a supposedly scary but inept sniper named Amol Palekar (Kettan Singh) hired by Kabeer to kill Arjun on the prowl. When rule book-breaking officer Shukla (Sandeepa Dhar) arrives on the scene, it appears that Arjun has met his match and the mystery will be solved.
The movie starts going steadily downhill as strange characters like portly unhinged contract killer Palekar and item songs with laughable lyrics are introduced along the way. Except Badola, who has the some smart lines and is pretty good too, not one performance is convincing enough for you to want to believe what is happening on screen.