When a young and enthusiastic medical representative (MR), Raj Mehta (Manas Shah), begins his career to make a mark, he is faced with a reality that shakes him from deep within and his will to stand against corruption and greed of the pharmaceutical companies brings him face to face with the negative, yet powerful forces. Will he succeed in his vigil to stand up against all things wrong?
It would be safe to say that the director of the film Commitment, Atul Patel, has sure selected a subject that not many filmmakers have addressed-pharmaceutical companies and their world of corruption, greed and their nexus with local doctors. And despite all the melodrama, over simplistic solutions to a complex problem and a runtime of two and a half hours, the film manages to hold its fort till the end.
Television actor Manas Shah, making his debut in Gujarati movies, does a good job as a professional who wants to stand by his ethics. Actress Maulika Patel, however, has very little to do in the second half of the film, but still manages to make a decent effort. The supporting star cast does well, and having a Gujarati speaking South Indian as Raj’s friend is a fresh idea. The music sure uplifts the film, with songs like ‘Navi Zindagi Ni Safar Chhe’ showing how good songs can make a great deal of difference in a film.
While the storyline is pretty straightforward, and the director does an honest job with the subject, certain aspects of the film sure dampen the entire effort. Raj’s father, who has been shown lusting after young girls (with the wife and son only laughing at him), sure makes you feel uncomfortable. And flirting to get things your way seems the perfect way for MRs. As the first half of the film ends on a tragic high, the second half stars with a trivial scene that could have been easily avoided. The entire film dedicates more time in establishing the issue than actually addressing it. The courtroom drama at the end is so straightforward that the need to have another lawyer seems negligible.
But with a strong subject that each and every one of us can connect to, the film is worth a watch in its entirety if you are willing to let go of trivial mistakes. The seriousness of the problem reflects in the film in parts, and actors as well as the director have managed to capture the darkness well.
Overall, Commitment is a brave effort at a time when films based on college friends are the hot favorites.