A local don, way past his prime, hires a local goon (Jayesh More) to get him an American passport to send his daughter to the US. And when a high in demand passport is stolen from an exchange student (Anna Ador), starts a bumpy hunt led by Kabir (Malhar Thakar). As the hunt continues, love blossoms with an unexpected twist in the end.
The biggest positive about Passport is that the film’s runtime is only two hours, which comes as a big relief. Unlike many other Gujarati films, the movie takes very little time for build up and straightaway gets into action. With a mix of drama, suspense, emotions, romance and some extended chase scenes in slow motion, the film clearly has its moments. Not only have the filmmakers worked well on the plot and overall story, the treatment of the film lends a refreshing take compared to many other Gujarati films that have fallen flat on the screen.
The very context, where a foreign exchange student comes to study the heritage and architectural wealth of Ahmedabad, gives director Rajesh Sharma a chance to show the city with a sense of pride. And he has managed to bring the old city alive on the screen, especially during the chase scenes that are cinematographically done well. You can easily notice that extra effort has been put to make those scenes a delight for the eyes. And the music by Mehul Surti does justice to the film, whether it’s the background score or the songs, especially the romantic number Dheemi Dheemi.
While the efforts of the team behind the camera lend the film a decent push, the actors surely take it further. Not only has Malhar Thakar shown, once again, why he is one of the busiest actors in the Gujarati film industry with his effortless acting, an adorable Gujarati speaking Anna Ador surprises with her presence on screen and commendable acting chops. Jayesh More, even though with limited screen space, makes an impact. But you would feel that an actor of his potential could have been used better. Ujjwal Dave lends good support.
Overall, Passport is a fast paced movie with a tight plot and good performances from lead characters. For those who like light hearted films, Passport can be a must watch at least once. Seeing Gujarati films develop is a good feeling and with each good film, the belief only reinforces itself that the good days are not far ahead.