It seems the action directors (too many to enumerate) and John Stewart Eduri, who conducted the background music score, had a deal in place : whenever one of them was off duty, the other would take his place. So we have fistcuffs by the dozen and/or a ear-splitting background score, lest you fall asleep.
And now, the story. It’s 1973, Rajasthan which leapfrogs to 25.06.1975 and there’s a twofold reason for this particular period. At a high-profile party, there’s political leader Sanjeev (Priyanshu Chatterjee)— a Sanjay Gandhi lookalike. Also the heist in the film is modelled on the James Hadley Chase style story (hugely popular in the 70s).
No prizes for guessing the Emergency is in place and Maharani Geetanjali of Jaipur (Ileana D’cruz) — a not-so-oblique reference to Maharani Gayatri Devi — is in serious trouble. Sanjeev has his eyes on her and her stashed away gold. Not wishing to part with her family heirlooms — she has already lost her Privy Purse — she enlists the support of confidant Bhawani (Ajay Devgn) who rounds up three others (Guruji-Sanjay Misra, Dahiya-Emraan Hashmi and Sanjana-Esha Gupta) to highjack the armoured truck in which the gold is taken from Rajasthan to Delhi.
Sanjana is also a Geetanjali loyalist while Guruji is an inveterate alcoholic,
besides being an expert safe-cracker. Rounding off the quartet is the tattooed gunslinger Dahiya.
It’s an open-and-shut case of too many crooks spoiling the plot. On the other side of the law is Seher Singh (Vidyut Jammwal)who is entrusted to apprehend the foursome and who enters the fray just before the intermission, managing to turn the equation on its head.
This is the clue for the stunt coordinators to step in with fights galore and at least one memorable chase sequence. Devgn is his usual intense self while Ileana does a fairly decent job as the scheming Maharani, whether in jail or out of it. Esha Gupta is, for the most part, decorative while Hashmi is average. Jammwal impresses as the army man assigned to navigate the gold-laden truck.
But the most apt-written role is the one played by Sanjay Misra; he has the best one-liners too. Sunny Leone does what is expected of her and what she excels at— sizzling in an item number.
But the script is a definite letdown. A mishmash series of convoluted sub-plots mars what could have been a decent thriller.
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