The New Year, 2015 has kick started with a masala entertainer in the form of Amit Sharma’s Tevar. The movie starring Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee has hit the theatres today. Let’s see how it turns out to be.
Timesofap Rating: 3/5
Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Producer: Boney Kapoor, Sunil A Lulla
Banner: Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment, Eros International
Music: Sajid-Wajid , Shafqat Amanat Ali, Imraan Khan
The story of Tevar set in Agra, and revolves around Goonda Gajender Singh (Manoj Bajpayee), who falls in love with Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha). Even after rejecting his marriage proposal, Gajender keeps trying hard to woo Radhika.
Here enters an Agra boy Pintu Shukla (Arjun Kapoor), who is the son of the superintendent of police(Raj Babbar). Pintu unknowingly gets into a spat between Radhika and Gajender and to save Radhika, Pinto takes her and runs away.
Will Pinto be successful in saving Radhika from Gajender’s goons, or will he too will be a target of Gajender’s hatred? That forms the rest of the story.
Arjun Kapoor has been time and again called to be the new age angry young man and with this film he quite lives up to it. It is great to see him pull off some high octane action sequences yet there is something about his character that brings us back to Ishaqzaade’s Parma. Arjun may still need to grow a little more as an actor. This film is not his big ticket, he was better in 2 States.
Sonakshi Sinha could be called as the queen bee of such films. She gets into the character of Radhika with much ease considering she has done it before umpteen times. Watching her dance is a delight and so a thumbs up for Radha Nachegi where she moves the booty with a lot of grace and her expressions are worth a mention.
The true show stealer of this film is Manoj Bajpai. Right from his first scene in the film where he sits on a chair in the middle of the highway, wearing coloured aviators and some truly funky clothes, the actor packs a punch. He is a delicious villain and you will truly hate him all through the film. Not a challenging role for an actor of his stature and so he owns the character of Gajendra Singh with full might.
Making a mass entertainer often proves to be a risk for filmmakers. The only thing that comes to stake while making this kind of cinema is the fact that the directors not only want to keep the audiences entertained for the whole show, but also make sure to not make them get bored for even an instant. And let us tell you that director Amit Sharma has been quite successful to come up with a decent film in this genre.
Another good part about the film is that it is fast paced and does not let the audience get bored during the course. Now another positive about the movie is that Sonakshi has finally shown her acting prowess. Arjun is decent in his act and playing a Salman fan, he tries hard to look and act like the superstar and he sure succeeds to an extent.
However, the cherry on the cake is the marvel in the name of Manoj Bajpayee. There is not doubt about the fact that the actor is a great performer, but he just knows no stopping. Raj Babbar as Pintu’s feisty dad is a treat.
The story is quite cliched. A damsel-in-distress, a macho hero, an incredible goon and a deprived father, has been tried and tested in the industry a lot many times before. The romantic quotient between Arjun and Sonakshi is shown in a hurry and makes no sense.
Even though Sonakshi has done a good job, the fact remains that portraying similar kind of roles may damper her image in the industry sometime.
Technically, Tevar is quite sound. The music album of the film is fine and the songs are placed at the right spot in the screenplay. Screenplay of the film is fast paced and to the point. Story may be a bit clich�d, but the plot is pretty likable. Cinematography by Laxman Utekar is brilliant, as he captures both the cities beautifully in his lens.
Being an ad filmmaker, Amit’s style of story-telling and execution of every scene is quite unique. Tevar is the remake of Telugu hit Okkadu and the director has made sure to add that desi touch of the North for the audience to connect easily. Editing is fine. The production design by Aparna Sud and the art direction by Amit Lad brings the streets of these cities alive.
On the whole, Tevar has every aspect of a typical masala entertainer. If you ignore the routine story, an interesting backdrop and some decent performances will surely make it for an interesting watch.