One Line Review: A Hush-hush chain of non-gripping action events devoid of entertainment component.
Positive Points: Realistic Shooting Locations, Zippy Character performances, Fresh Story plot.
Negative Points: Grumbling series of speedy events, Unrealism at certain junctures, Sluggish and lengthy storyline.
Plot: This is the chronicle of four Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) undercover agents - Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), Captain Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) from Indian Armed Forces, Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi), an explosives expert and Aslam (Aakash Dahiya) a small-time crook from mumbai streets. All four of them are appointed on a clandestine mission of arresting Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor), who is India's most wanted criminal. Iqbal Seth aka Goldman leads a lavish lifestyle and is heavily protected by his own gang in Karachi, Pakistan. The dreaded gangster Iqbal pretends himself as a businessman in Pakistan.
R&AW Chief Ashwini Rao (Nasser) sends agent Wali Khan for reporting all the activities of mafia Don Iqbal Seth. For ten years, Wali Khan masquerades as a barber in a small town of Pakistan and lives along with his wife and children. The wife of Wali Khan thinks her husband is a barber and is unaware of the fact that he is an undercover agent. However, getting access to the activities of Iqbal Seth and collection detailed information about him, is too difficult task to perform. Then, arise the big day of Operation Goldman, which denotes nabbing the mastermind behind terrorist attacks in India - Iqbal Seth. Everything is set as per the plan, with all the agents in their respective positions. Something goes awfully wrong due to internal tiffs, when Iqbal Seth is just about to be right into the trap of these agents.
Will these agents be able to catch the hold of Iqbal Seth?
Will these R&AW agents come out of this hassle?
Direction And Other Technical Aspects: The ace director Nikhil Advani arrived with this much-hyped thriller studded with action and drama. The action sequences and the starting of the film boost the anticipations from this flick. However, the story goes downhill in the mid-way, diverting its flow on unwanted love-story between Arjun Rampal and Shruti Haasan. Too many content flooded in the film make it scattered and digressing. The shooting locations seemed authentic and enhanced the beauty of the story.
Also, it is devoid of realism at certain points. The story looses its track while unleashing the complicated life of criminals. Apart from this, the attempt of showing bravery of Indians in Pakistan is worth appreciation and will definitely seek many thumbs ups. Though, the director had endeavored to develop a thriller resembling Hollywood themed movies, this flick fails to touch that height due to jumbling of lots of content at a time. Too many events happening back-to-back can make the film loose its pace and plot as well as can literally make the viewers to brainstorm and eventually land into confusion. The film can be said as the cognitive test of the audience due to crowd of action and events. This spy-action-flick does not seem dominating as an action-thriller owing to lack of enough entertainment degree and the expected elements. The other factors like camerawork, art direction and editing was good.
Performance: No need to say the veteran star Rishi Kapoor brilliantly portrays the character of gangster. After the blockbuster 'Agneepath', Rishi Kapoor is stepping in the shoes of villain in this flick. This appearance, dialogue delivery, attire and screen presence make him a rocking villain. The versatile Irrfan Khan leaves a powerful impact as Wali Khan with his awesome performance.
Arjun Rampal gave his best performance that will speak volumes. Huma Qureshi once again proved her versatility and exclusiveness by depicting a bold and beautiful female character. Shruti Haasan impeccably portrayed Karachi-based prostitute with pain in her heart and a weird aura surrounding her. The newcomer Aakash Dahiya provides full justice to his role and give a good support. Cameo in the song by Rajpal Yadav is good.
Music: The music given by Shankar Mahadevan-Ehsaan Noorani-Loy Mendonsa sounds melodious, though they seldom gel with the storyline. Among them, the tracks like 'Alvida', 'Ek Ghadi', 'Murshid Khele Holi' and 'Dhuaan' showcase the great work done by the music director trio. The track 'Dama Dam Mast Kalander' picturised on Rajpal Yadav tastes average.
Final Verdict: If you are in pursuit of a sheer entertainment, don't opt for this flick. This one-time watch is just watchable for character performances and gaining the feel of watching an action-movie to yourself.