Narayan, 40, (Jogesh Sehdeva), a middle class man suddenly finds his ordinary life disrupted when his son Kabeer (Eklavey Kashyap), gets involved with a drug mafia. Mafia head Rana (Rahuul Aamath), challenges Narayan, former boxer, to fight the toughest fighters in exchange of his son's life.
A potpourri of Salman Khan's Sultan and Farhan Akhtar's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, with a bit of Brad Pitt's Fight Club thrown in, Narayan is a repetitive script, odying on body transformation through rigorous physical training, gym workouts, and mental grit. Though beating an oft-repeated ploy of, an ordinary man's makeover into a superhuman hulk to save his family, Narayan started out with noble intentions in its message of, love your family and respect your parents. However, the story was lost in its transition with its weak technicalities. Its tacky camerawork is a rewind to Eastmancolor era when a single cast dominated the whole film. The narrative too is overburdened with a lecturing on family bonding, fatherhood and righteous living.
Though most actors are debuting with this film in Bollywood (including Jogesh Sehdeva), hailing from Delhi's theatre background their acting skills are passable, with the exception of Jogesh and the two actresses. A former model, Jogesh emotes with only two sentiments- he is either impassive, or is soppy. He seems most natural when transforming from an insipid, diabetes ridden 40-year- old to a fit, fighting boxer baying for blood to save his son. The few sparkles in the film are limiting, either in their roles or bad dialogue delivery. Given its boxing theme, the film has some real body builders like Harinder Singh Sekhon, (a real life cop and body builder in Chandigarh), and the beefy Raghav Sharma. While Sekhon, who is Narayan's friend/mentor/philosopher is his natural self in a handsome Punjabi speaking boxer, Raghav is striking only in his screen presence and his Haryanavi accent is a dead giveaway of him being a non-actor.
If you expect Narayan to fill you in with inspiration, you will be disappointed for lack of enough stimuli.