The Kal Ho Na Ho director, Nikhil Advani is back with his sixth venture in D Day. The movie starring Arjun Rampal, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Huma Qureshi and Shruti Haasan is set to hit the screens tomorrow. Bollywood3 had gone to a special screening and brings you the complete an detailed review much in advance. Let’s see how the film is.
D Day is based on the lives of four RAW agents, Rudra Partap Singh (Arjun Rampal), Wali Khan (Irrfan), Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) and Aslam (Aakash Dahiya), who go on a mission to Pakistan to bring back one of India’s most dreaded terrorist in Goldman(Rishi Kapoor).
Each of the officers carefully plan their the mission during the marriage of don’s son in Karachi. Rest of the story is as to whether the officers manage to bring back the dreaded don back home or end up loosing their lives.
This high octave action films depends heavily on the prowess of its actors to valiantly carry forward the film and each of the vital work of these actors turn out to be nothing short of stellar.
Rishi Kapoor as Goldman, the man fashion on the iconic underworld character Dawood Ibrahim arrives with the enigma that his name is meant to convey. Getting every note right, he gives an impactful performance as the man who is colossal in his notoriety.
Irrfan as Wali Khan is impeccably wonderful both in his tender moments and the high drama ones. How in a matter of one simple film this man has in his role such diverse hues is unimaginable. The accomplished actor he is, his tendency of constantly pushing the envelope further is what makes each of his work so distinct and yet doesn’t blur in terms of marvel. He makes Wali both delicate and fiery with stunning ease.
Arjun Rampal has evolved for the better as an actor. His infallible personality and his portrayal that has hints of both anguish and strength is what makes him stand out despite the presence of more powerful actors. He acted like a dream and that is commendable, to say the least.
Huma Qureshi tackles her part with gusto and as compared to her role in the recent Ek Thi Daayan, she is light years ahead. A female soldier whose sacrifices are way beyond merely putting her life on stake, Qureshi’s strength is in her simplistic acting.
Sriswara as Irrfan’s wife is an excellent actress who known the right mode to enliven her role. Her chemistry with Irrfan is so adorable-ish, that your heart goes out to her helplessness!
Shruti Haasan as an actress is obviously great, but her character is quite misplaced. Nevertheless she carries out her role to perfection especially the power with which she manages to choke you up in the song ‘Alvida’.
Plus Points :
Being associated with emotional and touching films like Kal Ho Na Ho and Salaam-e-Ishq, Nikhil Advani tries his hands in a new genre in D Day. He manages to give his 100% to make the movie different from any other films based on Dawood Ibrahim.
D Day’s setup is very natural as for the first time in Bollywood, a maker actually gets into showing the lifestyle of the most wanted Man, instead of just dealing with his profiles and shadows as showcased in every film.
Speaking of performances, who could have thought our lover boy Rishiji, could have been able to portray the role of a grave gangster so well. He is tremendous in the Don’s role. He brings a total depth into the character and makes you believe in his vision.
As usual, Irrfan brings a whole lot of weight to the film with his impactful performance. Arjun Rampal proves his worth once again and is apt in his role. Nasser as a RAW chief is extremely expressive. Shruthi Haasan and Huma Qureshi support the film well with their roles.
Minus Points :
Nikhil Advani adds in some emotional touch to D Day, which appears quite unwanted in a thriller like this. Emotional scenes between Shruthi Haasan and Arjun Rampal could have been totally avoided. There are a few sequences in the second half that are unexplainable.
A few post interval sequences where Irrfan looses interest in the mission and howls for his family is utter boring. The first and second half lack connectivity and feel like two different films. The length of the film could have been a little shorter.
Technical Aspects :
No doubts, D Day is a technically brilliant film. Whether the authentic locations of Karachi or the other interior parts of Pakistan locations look stunning. Cinematography by Tushar Kanti Ray is excellent as he gives us a true feeling of the country and its culture. Editing is top notch. Music is situational and creates a impact.
The best part about the film is that even though it is an action thriller, D Day does not have any unwanted action sequences. Nikhil Advani’s screenplay could have been a lot better. Many scenes are inappropriate and lack justification. While the first half goes on smoothly, there are a few scenes in the second half that you just want to fast forward.
On the whole, D Day is an amalgamation of some amazing performances and superlative technical aspects. If you sit through some boring and unwanted emotional scenes, D Day will be a saucy action packed thriller. Go for it.
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