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Times of India
A man named Arjun Ranavat barges into the Bombay High Court, taking seven people hostage. He threatens to kill one man each hour if the cops fail to find evidence against a corrupt businessman named Kabeer Khemka. Within minutes, he has the entire police force on their toes. The baffled cops start investigating about him as the clock ticks by. Do they win this race against time?
Saurabh Varma's inept film can be best summed in Varun Badola's dialogue that translates to - "Make such an outrageous plan that even in 50 years, no one can believe that we pulled off something like this." Well, that rings true for the movie as well. 7 Hours To Go is mind numbing. What was touted to be taut thriller, ends up as a damp squib. It probably had a promising idea on paper but loses the grit in transition.
The screenplay moves at snail's pace and is completely devoid of tension. A horde of characters crowd the screen without adding much to the plot. Be it the lame mimic artiste who doubles up as a shooter or the hyperventilating television journalist whose moment of glory is watching a female cop changing her shirt, the subplots have no real meat.
In the first hour, the film leaves you exasperated with its convoluted narrative. Post interval, the tempo picks up when the story starts to look less gibberish. But Arjun's sketchy game plan turns out to be an absolute slog. What better do you expect from an overwrought story?
Despite being the prime character, Shiv Pandit has only a handful of dialogues. He is adequate but the story doesn't let him push beyond. Sandeepa Dhar as the hysterical shrieking bombshell of a cop looks good but her over the top rendition doesn't speak highly of her acting skills. Varun Badola is probably the best thing about this film as he slips into the role of a quirky cop with flair, pushing beyond what the script had for him.
7 Hours To Go is gimmicky, lacking both the smarts and the menace of a thriller. Miss it...
A noted businessman Kabeer Khemka is acquitted of all charges in a murder case by the Bombay High Court. A journalist reporting it has been informed by a source that the prime witness of the case is a man named Arjun Ranavat. After Kabeer walks out a free man, someone kills a lady named Maya, who is Arjun's fiance. Arjun in a fit of rage takes 7 people hostage and the Mumbai police time to find evidence against Khemka. He specially requests for a lady cop named Shuklaji to probe the case. When Shukla arrives, she is baffled by the precision with which Arjun has got himself protection. The shooters can't aim him at all. When Shuklaji delves deeper into the case, she realises that Arjun's fiance actually died in a similar way a year ago. It turns out that the hostage was staged. The seven hostages all had vested interest in Khemka. The plan was to rob Khemka, whose building is bang opposite the High Court. The sister of the victim who died at Khemka's hands and she is the one who gets the gang together. In the end it turns out that Arjun's ploy was to use Shukla as a pawn. The robbery is successful and Arjun sends over his share of the loot to Shukla.
Saurabh Varma's thriller '7 Hours To Go' has received a poor response at the box office. The film, which stars Shiv Pandit, Sandeepa Dhar, Varun Badola and Natasa Stankovic in the lead roles, has earned only Rs 35 lac on its opening day.