The 70's era introduced the genre of gangster-based movies to our hindi cinemas. However, the numbers were small, but the impact was so big that 80's too started churning out loads of such movies but completely in a masala entertainer style. After a stagnation point, came films like 'Parinda' & 'Satya', which took this genre to an intellectual level and paid proper tribute to films like 'Deewar' or 'Mere Apne' from where this whole germ incepted. History repeated itself and once again we witnessed loads of gangster-based films, especially in the 90's where every leading heros were busy holding guns in their hands. With the changing times, this genre started fading out and the theme revamped itself in periodic settings, but besides a few good ones, like 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai' every other film made in this genre lacked the intensity and conviction level. The recent one to join this huge list of gangster based films is 'Dishkiyaoon', which is a comeback vehicle for actor Harman Baweja, who had disappeared from the industry after giving three back to back flops. So, let us find out whether 'Dishkiyaoon' might be among those regular mindless action potboilers made for selected audience or may turn out to surprise us by catering to all sorts of audiences.
'Dishkiyaoon' is the story of a Viki (Harman Baweja) and his journey into the underworld of Mumbai city. Viki enters in this dark world with the help of his mentor Mota Tony (Prashant Narayanan) and his friend Keta (Hasan Zaidi). Viki's goal is to become the biggest gangster of all and step into the shoes of Khaleefa (Sumeet Nijhawan). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story has nothing new to offer and is narrated in a linear manner. The screenplay could have been much more entertaining, as despite of its flaws it is quite engaging at times, due to which you keep getting interested in the film. However, your interest is maintained only for a short while because of unwanted tracks, stretched screenplay and lack of pacy moments. You might like the scenes between Harman and Prashant Narayanan followed by the Anand Tiwari track and Harman's plotting with Sunny Deol against Summet Nijhawan. Nevertheless, besides these few good scenes the movie lacks over the reality factor and looks unrealistic as per today's time. The writers take lots of time in establishing the characters in the movie. The love track between Harman and Ayesha Khanna is bland and waste. Dialogs are good, but not worth remembering.
Music & Direction:
Music by Palash Muchhal is above average, but has a great song attached to it in the form of 'Tu Hi Hai Aashiqui'. Rest all songs are not worth mentioning along with Shilpa Shetty's item song in the end credits.
Director Sanamjit Singh Talwar narrates a routine, old gangster based story in a 90's styled film manner. He had an opportunity to make this movie quite realistic and hard hitting as it had a decent story line and good actors associated with it. In addition, he ends up wasting a talented actor like Sunny Deol who seemed very disinterested in the film. If filmmakers wish to make a gangster based film of today's times, they will have to work very hard in each and every aspect and stop taking their audience for granted.
Harman Baweja is fine in his part and tries hard to do something different. Ayesha Khanna is unwanted and lacks the heroine factor. Prashant Narayanan is good in his small, but important role. It's quite unusual of Anand Tiwari to do a negative role and thus turns out to be an interesting character in the film. Sumeet Nijhawan and Hasan Zaidi along with Aaditya Pancholi lend good support. Akhilendra Mishra and Rajesh Vivek were wasted. In case you are wondering what about Sunny Deol, well that's exactly what even I was wondering, that where and what is Sunny Deol doing in this movie? He keeps appearing in frequent intervals and disappoints his diehard fans by not giving a single fight or dramatic scene. However, his character is quite interesting.
So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well the movie has few good engaging moments with couple of fight sequences and decent performances by the supporting cast. Nevertheless, besides that the movie is a typical mindless action drama, which fails to elevate at any given point. On overall basis 'Dishkiyaoon' is like that bullet which misses its marked target, when fired by an amateur shooter.