Crook - Movie review

Published: Oct 09, 2010, 06:36 IST | Sarita Tanwar

Dir: Mohit Suri Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Neha Sharma, Arjan Bajwa, Smilie Suri and Gulshan Grover

Crook: It's Good To Be Bad
A; Drama
Dir: Mohit Suri
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Neha Sharma, Arjan Bajwa, Smilie Suri and Gulshan Grover
Rating: *1/2

What's it about: It's always good when a filmmaker picks up a real story to tell; something that has happened around us and has touched the lives of hundreds of people. There is an instant connect. The Bhatt brothers are known to pick controversial subjects (the ones making headlines, usually) and the formula has worked several times before. Their latest offering, Crook revolves around racial attacks on Indian students and couples in Australia. It's the story of Jai (Hashmi), a small time wheeler-dealer who comes to Australia with a new name and identity to start over. He meets Ms Fish Pout aka Suhani (Sharma), an Indian girl based there, and falls for her. He begins to work for her brother Samarth (Bajwa) who hates the Aussies and is ready to fight back instead of cowing down in fear every time an Indian is beaten up. Bloodshed and mayhem follow. Moral of the story: Woh bure nahin. Hum bure the.

What's hot: Just the idea of a film based on the racist attacks in Australia is a promising premise. There are a few sequences that have the Bhatt touch, but you have to go looking for them. Handful of moments address the problem with sensitivity. Among the performances, Arjan Bajwa is interesting as the angry young man.

What's not: Director Mohit Suri has proved himself several times as a good storyteller but this time, he fails miserably. There isn't anything impressive enough that you can take with you when you walk out of the theatre. From the writing to the performances to the dialogues -- everything reeks of mediocrity. It seems like everyone was in a hurry to complete this film without bothering about the content. The actors look like puppets going through their motions. The songs seem to be 'placed' in between scenes. The love angle leaves you cold. If you are looking for stereotypical characters, you've hit the jackpot -- the fat guy, annoying friends of the 'hero', the angry brother, the kind uncle, a dead sister, corrupt cops, the 'crook' who became one because his father was wronged, and finally the leading lady with a golden heart. Even the clich �s would've worked if the story had been convincing or if it connected with the audiences at some level. In the end, it just seems like a gimmick to cash in on a controversy. No heart, no soul -- just a stillborn.

What to do: The film's tagline says it's good to be bad but this one is just bad. Avoid.

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