Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpai
Director: Amit Sharma
What’s Good: At the start of the new year, debut director Amit Sharma gives us something perfectly Bollywoodish. It is a typical commercial potboiler with a brawny hero, a notorious villain and a plot set in UP. It is filled with excellent action sequences and Sharma’s brilliance and previous experience of capturing montages in ad-films works perfectly for a film. Also a special mention to Manoj Bajpai, he is a winner as a villain in boxers!
What’s Bad: An overstretched climax sequence and a second half that drags. The film is enjoyable in parts and the rest it does not quite manage to keep you hooked to it. Also, a tighter editing would have kept the film shorter, since the storyline is not strong enough to grab your attention for two and half hours.
Loo break: Yeah! Why not!
Watch or Not?: This one is a one-time watch. For all those who love Bollywood and its over the top romantic-action drama films, Tevar is exactly that. After the long gap of PK, this film will be a fresh, no-brainer that will be good as a weekend watch for all cine-goers. Although for all those who have seen the south version Okkadu starring Mahesh Babu, well this may not exactly go beyond that.
Pintu (Arjun Kapoor) is a Kabaddi player from Agra for whom his game is his life. The local lad plans to make it big as a Kabaddi player until he accidentally runs into Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha) who is being forcefully drawn into a marriage by the notorious Bahubali Gajendra Singh (Manoj Bajpai).
While Gajendra Singh is the whole and sole of the town Mathura and no one would dare go against him, Pintu with his kind attitude tries to save Radhika from Gajendra’s clutches, thus landing up into trouble. What at first begins as a rescue operation of Radhika, soon blossoms into a love story as Radhika and Pintu fall for each other.
But with Gajendra Singh being smitten by Radhika and his spoilt attitude of getting what he wants, will the two young lovers succeed at eloping?
Tevar Review: Script Analysis
Tevar is an out-an-out typical masala film. With a clichéd storyline of a mulit-talented, good-at-heart hero and an extremely notorious and slimy git as the villain, the story is quite predictable. Sadly, I found an uncanny resemblance in the storylines of Chennai Express and Tevar especially at the point where the hero is rescuing the girl from bad guys and while it starts out as an innocent friendship, they soon turn lovers. Of course, both films are totally different but this premise remains the same.
The script is decently presented and the quirky punchlines come at good intervals which is a relief. It is extremely repetitive too with its clichés considering the hero is a mamma’s boy with a strict dad, I mean come on, that is totally done-to-death now. The representation of families in films is too stereotyped and someone needs to change that.
There is enough action in this film and I would have preferred if the love angle was at least given enough attention to call it a love story with action. Although the towns of Agra-Mathura seemed to be a good choice for the setting of this otherwise predictable story.
Tevar Review: Star Performances
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.
Tevar Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Debutante director Amit Sharma who is well-known for his Ad-works does a fine job with his first film and may be a director to watch out for. In my opinion, Amit needed a better script considering he is a great story-teller.
The action sequences are captured brilliantly. Also the complete song sequence of Joganiyaan needs a mention for its beautiful video. The screenplay is extra fluid and that’s where the problem lies. Certain scenes are stretched and even though the climax of every film is important, this one bores you.
I honestly, waited for the end considering you already know it. Maybe a remake was not what Amit Sharma needs, he would certainly do a better job with a fresh script. Nonetheless, his small detailing in showing Agra without putting Taj Mahal in your face has to be appreciated.
Tevar Review: The Last Word
Tevar as I expected turned out quite the typical entertainer and it is one of those films that keep coming all through the year, nothing worth waiting for. This film will win everyone who loves to watch the South action films. For me, the film had nothing extraordinary other than Manjoj Bajpai’s class act. I am going with a 2.5/5 for this film.
Tevar releases on 9th January, 2015.
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