Force is a lethargic ride……..


After Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan having packed a punch with their cop tales Dabanng and Singham, John Abraham’s earnest performance in Force unfortunately isn’t good enough to strike a note. This being a season of remakes, Force inspired from the Gautham Menon directorial ‘Kakka Kakka’ doesn’t have the courage nor the intensity to impact a spectator. We are left witnessing a work that’s aesthetically spectacular let down by noticeable flaws in the direction department. Nishikant Kamat is no match to Gautham Menon who was able to derive extraordinary emotions through simple situations. However, the screenplay has been smartly adapted with a certain slickness action films demand, that makes Force a decent watch, if not a perfect one.

                Yashvardhan leads a group of four committed officers who are determined to wipe the drug mafia raging in the nation. Each person in the lot is backed by a family who undeniably are a weakness in their thankless profession. Yashvardhan is an exception to the above only until he encounters Maya who sweeps him off his feet completely. She empowers a new lease of fresh air in his life that has been an implicit definition of passion,dedication and commitment for his profession. In his life that’s intricately coated with danger from all quarters, Maya makes her space. The basic story deals with the conflicts between Yash’s personal and professional life.

               The film isn’t however a direct copy of the Tamil version. The backdrop undergoes a change, the pace improves at the cost of an emotional connect with a spectator. One never feels the pain that Yash had to face at various junctures. Blame it on John Abraham’s muscles which more often than not makes up for the majority of the screen space or the climax that’s extensive, Force doesn’t have  soul. The villain’s character in an action film needs to strike equanimity with the film’s lead to make the encounters engrossing. The shortcomings are visible in both their characters which never get a chance to depict their supremacy. Even though they manage to do, you better prepare yourself for a compromise. Genelia’s romantic track with John has shades of the role Asin had portrayed in Ghajini. Despite the similarity, Genelia’s performance is fresh and genuine. She however needs to come out of her comfort zone of being simply being the cute next door girl which could turn the tide against her in the future.

                  One definitely feels the lack of a powerhouse performer in an emotionally draining drama such as this. The characters are restricted to be eye candy which tells a thing or two of the artistes . An exquisite music score by Harris Jayraj coupled with Javed Akthar’s lyrical brilliance is left criminally wasted where Khwabon Khwabon and Chahoon Bhi are easily the best picks. Ratif Sheikh’s dialogues are really catchy and evoke heartfelt humour as well as the seriousness that the situations had compelled. The lines such as “ Neend Ki Dawai Mat Dena, Varna Hosh Mein Aane Ke Baad Tumhe Pehle Maar Doonga” speak for themselves. The editing is neat, the locations, picture perfect and the camera work is a humble synonym of brilliance. Nishikant Kamat could have definitely done his homework better where pictorial charisma dominates the emotional bonding of the characters whose casting too has a sense of mediocrity.

            The script of Force has a stamp of success marked on it.  With the shortcomings of the film notwithstanding, it still has enough substance to back it up. This might mark the beginning of a crucial phase for John Abraham’s capabilities to come to the fore. Though his performance isn’t as accomplished as the original southern version played by Surya, it definitely has a sense of maturity in comparision with his early ‘Dhoom’ days. Force is a gorgeous dish whose ingredients sadly aren’t well garnished. The couple of hours are a mixed bunch of magnificence and emotional lethargy.

My Take: 2.75/5

(Picture Courtesy: www.bollycurry.com)

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