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REVIEW: Give Risk a miss

Vinod Khanna is good in Risk but the film still remains miss-worthy, sighs Khalid Mohamed.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 13:22 IST
Khailid Mohamed
Khailid Mohamed

Vinod Khanna, Randeep Hooda, Tanushree Dutta
Director:Vishram Sawant
Rating: *1/2

Hark all ye god daddies out there. He’s dedicated and medicated to kill the mafia baddies, be it X, Y or Dee. Whee.

Is that plot premise reason enough for yet another slam-bang-up, Ram Gopal Varma ka tadka maar ke? Nope. Yet aaya  Vishram Sawant jhoom ke to the city’s dark underbelly that serves nothing but clichéd jelly, even  staler than those slug-festing saas-es and bahus on telly. Truly, about the only ones who may be attracted to watching Risk, are its cast, crew and immediate family.

Snore, then, through dark interiors and rough exteriors. The item number heroine here is more dispensable than burnt match sticks; and those Godzillafaces keep snarling as if they were in desperate need of Mona darling. Really not one man, woman or insect on the scene here, is exactly sparkling.

In fact, if you’ve somehow strayed into this under-cosmos, do carry hot coffee in a thermos. It becomes a war of sorts to stay awake as good cop (Randeep Hooda, not smiling, call the dentist) goes for the kill. His target is the superbly
named Khalid (Vinod Khanna) who has been up to jiggery-pokery in Bangkok. Squawk.

How cop and Khalid go at each other like some Brits are doing with dear Shilpa Shetty comprises the rest of the plot. Biff, pow, ouch.

As a result, at least a 1056 onlookers die as if the aim were to do an Ab Tak Ek Hazaar Chhappan. Expectedly, the dialogue primarily goes, “Chup re dhakkan”. Ministers are more annoying than dandruff. And there’s a meanie, too, with an arm missing in half an ode to Thakur from Sholay.

And please can a mafia don NOT be shown praying if he’s a Muslim (check out JP Dutta’s Hathyar)? And can this Mafiabhai be spared of dealing with a mentally challenged soul at home (Parinda, Angaar, Bhangaar, Whatever)?

Any redeeming factors? Well, the finale does whip up a smidgen of tension. And throughout, the technical inputs are polished.

Of the cast, Hooda needs to be tickled to get over that grim persona.  Let James Dean be, Hoodaji. Typecast as a hot-headed bozo, Yashpal Sharma is still quite impressive. Mercifully, Vinod Khanna is casual and restrained. For
the rest of the way, Risk lives up to its title tremendously.

First Published: Jan 22, 2007 13:22 IST

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