Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Film Review - Ab Tak Chhappan

Underworld Woes

Film: Ab Tak Chhappan 2
Cast: Nana Patekar, Gul Panag, Vikram Gokhale
Directed by: Aejaz Gulab
Duration: 1 hr 45 mins
Rating: * 1 / 2

More than a decade after Shimit Amin made one of the more memorable gangster films, a deathly dull sequel to it is here. Ab Tak Chhappan 2 merely wants to cash on its predecessor, the underworld had almost taken a backseat then in 2004, but the memories of it still remained fresh due to the havoc it unleashed earlier.

This sequel tries to connect the dots to the previous film but it has no real story to speak of. Inspector Sadhu (Nana Patekar) is spending a quiet life in Goa because of the pending departmental enquiry and the death of his wife.

The home minister (Vikram Gokhale) coaxes him out of retirement to hunt down and eliminate some gangsters. He forms team that includes a policeman (Ashutosh Rana) who doesn’t particularly like him. They go around shooting gangsters after receiving random phone calls and there is no conviction at all as to how they go about their business. Gul Panag plays a journalist who is completing an unfinished book on the underworld written by her father.

The film has no plot to speak of, just so that the audience doesn’t feel completely cheated, a few predictable twists are thrown in towards the end.

It has the hangover of a Ram Gopal Varma film, from his latter career that is. The dialogues, the camerawork all have shades of an RGV influence. You feel sorry for Nana Patekar, he gives it his best but there is nothing anyone can do to save this Ab Tak whatever. 

Published in The Navhind Times, Goa on 1st March 2015

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