Business rating: 2.5/5 stars
Star cast: John Abraham, Genelia D’souza, Mohnish Bahl, Kamlesh Sawant, Vidyut Jammwal, Mukesh Rishi.
What’s Good: The action and stunts; the songs; the acting.
What’s Bad: The seemingly uni-dimensional nature of the film; absence of emotions and comedy; the sidelining of the romantic track.
Verdict: Force has taken a good start. Its action will see it sail through comfortably.
Loo break: Not really.
Watch or Not?: Watch it for the deadly stunts.
Fox Star Studios India Pvt. Ltd. and Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd.’s Force (UA) is an action-romantic film. ACP Yashvardhan alias Yash (John Abraham) is a trusted police officer woking in the Narcotics Control Bureau. He and three of his colleagues – Atul Kalsekar (Mohnish Bahl), Mahesh Pandey (Amit Gaur) and Kamlesh (Kamlesh Sawant) – are out to track down India’s drug cartels. While doing so, Yashvardhan encounters a ruthless enemy, Vishnu (Vidyut Jammwal), who will stop at nothing till he avenges the damage done to his business by the narcotics team. Yash thinks, marriage is not for him as his job is pretty risky. But Maya (Genelia D’souza) enters his life like a whiff of fresh air and pushes him to make a choice between the life he already knows and the life he could have with her. Yash takes Maya as his life partner but his life changes forever after that.
Force Review: Script Analysis
Remake of the Tamil blockbuster, Kaakha Kaakha, the film has an interesting story line about how love changes the life of a police officer living on the edge. Ritesh Shah’s screenplay is fairly nice but the romantic scenes should’ve been more impactful because it is finally love that changes Yash’s life. While the romance is fresh upto a point in the first half, it is relegated to the sidelines, especially in the post-interval portion. The tragic ending is also something the audience will not be happy about. It, in fact, leaves the viewers with a depressing feeling.
While the action scenes have been excellently handled, the excessive violence, blood and gore will put the ladies audience off. Young boys and men, of course, would approve of the raw action.
The unfortunate part of the screenplay is that the drama, although moving on two tracks (action and romance), seems to be moving on just one track – action. This makes the film a bit tedious for the viewers who don’t like too much action.
Force Review: Star Performances
John Abraham does very well as the angry young man out to cleanse the country of the drug menace. He is suitably awkward in the romantic scenes. Genelia D’souza is cute and endearing but she gets limited scope. Her absence is more pronounced after interval. Vidyut Jammwal is excellent in stunts. He makes a praiseworthy debut. Raj Babbar hardly gets any worthwhile scene to enact. Mohnish Bahl is effective. Sandhya Mridul is natural to the core as Atul’s wife, Swati. Kamlesh Sawant does a fine job as Kamlesh. His heavy Maharashtrian accent should’ve been taken care of. Amit Gaur is alright. Anahita Nair does a fair job. Mukesh Rishi is good in the role of Anna. Kiran Karmarkar makes his presence felt. Saksham and Ninad Kamat are okay as Bala and Vasu respectively.
Force Review: Direction & Music
Nishikant Kamat’s direction is good but it would’ve been better had he balanced romance and action in a more mature fashion. He has unnecessarily made the film very serious and made it seem like a uni-dimensional account of the drug menace. Harris Jayaraj’s music is melodious. Khwabon khwabon is tuneful and the best number. Main chali, Kaise kahoon and Dil ki hai tamanna are also appealing songs. Unfortunately, the songs have not become as popular as they are nice. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are appropriate. Song picturisations (Bosco-Caesar) needed to be better. Sameer Phaterpekar’s background music is apt to the drama. Allan Amin’s action and stunts are excellent. The stylised and raw action scenes will be loved by the masses and the youngsters. Ayananka Bose’s cinematograohy is of a good standard. Editing (Aarif Shaikh) is crisp.
Force Review: Komal Nahta’s Verdict
On the whole, Force will be liked by the youngsters, especially guys. In the final tally, it will prove to be an above-average fare, thanks to the impressive start all over.