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Review: Mukhbiir

There is so much gloom in director Mani Shankar’s script, that you feel even your life’s under doom machale doom, writes Khalid Mohamed.

movie reviews Updated: Aug 29, 2008 20:17 IST
Khalid Mohamed

Cast: Sameer Dattani, Om Puri
Direction: Mani Shankar
Rating: *1/2

Eerily, the subject is similar to Chamku. A hapless kid is transformed by the Establishment into a killer-cum-informer. Alas and alack, in director Mani Shankar’s script, there’re so much gloom that you feel even your life’s under doom machale doom.

Neither the visuals nor any department of technique elevate Mukhbiir beyond the commonplace. Characters mushroom and then become instant soup, like Suniel Shetty who’s hit by more bullets than yesteryear’s Coolie. Om Puri shows up in one of those bizarre roles (he even pretends to be a street beggar) which he isn’t likely to highlight in his bio-data.

The last 10 minutes are directed with a certain amount of passion. But that’s it. In other words, you can walk in very, very late into Mukhbore if you must. Incidentally, Sameer Dattani is quite efficient and vulnerable. Surprises never cease.