Banner: Fox Star Studios
Producer: Fox Star Studios
Directors: Raj and D.K
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline
Fernandez, Suniel Shetty
Writers: Raj & D.K., Sita Menon,
The good thing about A Gentleman is that the film delivers on its trailer. But the bad news is that the film, directed by Raj and DK, is only a longer version of the trailer. The director duo, along with Sita Menon, is also credited with the screenplay, which is just another Hollywood-inspired glossy action movie. While the film does have a storyline to hold it together, there is no real substance.
The film begins with two separate plots, which show us the polar opposite lives of Rishi and Gaurav (both Sidharth Malhotra). Rishi is a muscled, tattooed macho man who does all the dirty action work for a national security extension called Unit X headed by a Colonel (Suniel Shetty) in Mumbai. And just like all the professional assassins in our movies, he has a heart of gold and wants stability in his life. Then there is Gaurav, who has just bought a new house and a minivan in Miami, thanks to a 9-5 sales job. The lives of these two characters intersect and thus begins a series of well-shot action scenes.
Oh, wait a minute! The leading lady, Jacqueline Fernandez, seems to be missing from the main plot of the movie. The perky actress is fleetingly seen in the film and all what she brings to this film is her good looks, hot body and mediocre acting. Fernandez plays the role of Kayva who is shown as a stereotypical girl who rejects the susheel guy Gaurav for years and instantly (and we mean INSTANTLY) falls for the risky Rishi when she sees his ability to steal cars, beat up goons and, of course, his tattooed, six-pack abs.
The first half of the film flies as the story establishes its premise. The makers try to intrigue the audience with a twist in the tale, which sadly was obvious after the first ten minutes. The second half too is predictable as we have seen many versions of this story both in Hollywood and Bollywood over the years. But the climax does seem a little long-drawn.
The directors have tried to incorporate a few witty lines here and there, thanks to writer Sumit Bhateja but some of the funny scenes fall just short of being slapstick but manage to entertain you, nonetheless.
The music of the film is a definite tick in the plus column. Composer duo Sachin-Jigar have made a complete album with songs like the fun romantic track Baat ban jaye, the sexy slo-mo background number Bandook meri Laila and the ballad Laagi na choote. The makers have placed the songs unobtrusively for the most part, except the track Chandralekha, which seems unnecessary.
A Gentleman promises to be a sort of a continuation of the Bang Bang series and Raj and DK have included many of their signature elements. They have a drool-worthy lead actor in Sidharth Malhotra this time, a ditzy and unimpressive actress in Jacqueline Fernandez, a comeback of a villain with Suniel Shetty, and amazingly shot chase sequences as well as the Mr & Mrs Smith-esque fight scenes shot in scenic foreign locations.
Performance-wise, Sidharth Malhotra has done a decent job with both his characters. As for Jacqueline Fernandez, she is better off reacting in the background rather than acting on the forefront. She looks beautiful but that’s about it. It is interesting to see Suniel Shetty on the big screen after a long time but his villainy hotness has not been exploited to its full potential. Darshan Kumar is very good. Supriya Pilgaonkar makes her presence felt even though she’s hardly there in the film.
Verdict: A Gentleman is an unapologetic masala film that entertains you off and on in the theatre but doesn’t have you taking anything back once you step out. Dud.