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Review: Gandhigiri

Banner: Aagaman Films

Producers: Sudhir Jain, Pratap Singh Yadav

Director: Sanoj MishraCast: Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari, Brijesh Karniwal, Dolly Chawala, Ravi Singh, Ram Sujan Singh, Meghna Haldar, Rishi Bhutani, Anupam Shyam

Writer: Kumar Manjul

Music: Shashi Shivam, Sahil Rayyan

A benevolent NRI, Rai Saheb (Om Puri), decides to come back from Mauritius to India, to advocate Gandhigiri in his motherland. Rai Saheb is a strong believer in the principles laid down by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, as his father was closely associated with Gandhiji and played an active role in the freedom movement. Rai travels around his hometown Rae Bareli and picks up men who have strayed from the righteous path.

Rae Bareli has no dearth of muggers and greedy fraudsters. Here, he meets four people – Bakait Singh (Sanjay Mishra), Bansi (Brijesh Karniwal), Kranti Pandey (Anupam Shyam) and Natvarlal (Mukesh Tiwari) – who chose the wrong path in their respective lives. The film shows how Rai Saheb makes them understand the importance of Gandhi’s principles.

The film has a noble, basic plot but it’s the tedious execution that mars the film, which is a sheer disappointment. Presentation is crucial to any film and the director has done a dull job. While watching the proceedings on the screen, you actually feel sorry for the cast.

The variation that the director tries to showcase pre- and post-interval might look impressive on paper but the implementation and translation of the screenplay to the big screen is catastrophic. Although the film gains momentum only in the second half, the climax of the film seems incompetent. Director Sanoj Mishra fails to justify the subject and ends up failing big time. The film is a roller-coaster ride of many ‘downs’ and too few ‘ups’.

The music of the film goes against the narrative. Background score is okay. Cinematography by Ravi Chandran and Neetu Iqbal is average. Editing by Archit D Rastogi could have been better.

Performance-wise, Om Puri plays his part with élan. Sanjay Mishra impresses. Mukesh Tiwari is notable. The others, from Brijesh Karniwal to Dolly Chawala, Ravi Singh, Ram Sujan Singh, Meghna Haldar, Rishi Bhutani and Anupam Shyam are just about okay. The rest of the cast supports adequately.

Verdict: Flop.

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