If Fan did not live up to your expectations or a Goutam Ghose film is not your cuppa, grab a tub of popcorn and go LOL with power. Warning: Don't gag on the popcorns.
There has been a spate of cop movies in all the film industries of the country in recent years. The Dabangg-Singham mash-up remake formula has worked well, both for producers and actors. And, it seems, Tollywood is in no mood to question this template. So, we have a remake of 2014's Telugu action thriller Power (Unlimited), which fits the template to the T.
It's a remake alright. Scene by scene to the extent that the amount of confetti flying around and the number of eggs being consumed is the same too!
In Kolkata, ACP Veer Pratap (Jeet) is a corrupt cop who, prima facie, helps a gangster Joy (Deepanjan Basak) flee in exchange of money, but ends up dead himself in the scuffle. In Haldia, Jeetu (Jeet) wants to be a cop, but his brother-in-law Bhajan (Kharaj Mukhopadhyay), who actually is a cop, is in no mood to open doors for him. So Jeetu steals his uniform (God knows how Kharaj's uniform fits Jeet) and goes around policing the town in his quirky and unorthodox ways, gaining quite a fandom! In all this confusion, gangster Joy turns out to be Home Minister Ram's (Rajatava Dutta) brother. As the film progresses, or goes into flashback modes, Jeetu meets Anjali (Sayantika), Veer Pratap meets Shruti (Nusrat), Ram meets Jeetu, Ram shoots Jeetu and a lot of bodies fly around... you get the basic plot, right?
Now, coming to everything apart from the story. The cinematography is top notch. Fantastic locales, pano shots, sweet rides... the film's got it all. The styling is good too, making the two ladies, Nusrat and Sayantika, up the glam quotient of the film. Not that it needed any more upping, what with Jeet scorching the screen in his flamboyant cop avatar! Two pig tails, a head full of wavy auburn hair, glistening aviators and tailored attires — he is every bit the powerful hero! This is not a film that tests your acting skills much. Having said that, all three of the leads give convincing performances. Jeet is lovably eccentric as Jeetu and charismatic as Veer Pratap. Sayantika looks radiant and gives a fine performance. Nusrat breezes through her small cameo. However, when it comes to emotional or dramatic scenes, that is where they fumble. Rajatava has an interesting character, and without being extraordinary, he does justice. Kharaj Mukherjee, once again gets wasted in a stock character. The discovery in this film, though, is Dipanjan Basak, who plays the violent and crass Joy, infusing the character with just the right amount of nastiness.
The entire film is a laugh riot, and thanks to Jeet's strong grasp on comedy, it just floats above being the slapstick kind. One might want to give credit to the original Telugu dialogues, which have been copypasted in most parts. But some of them are original, and elicit a few good guffaws. A few inter-textual references, such as a mention of the Jeet-starrer, Wanted, or Fan (Oh, what timing!), is executed nicely.
So, if Fan did not live up to your expectations or a Goutam Ghose film is not your cuppa, grab a tub of popcorn and go LOL. Warning: Don't gag on the popcorns.