A Gentleman

A Gentleman’ movie review By DIVYA SOLGAMA

Expectations:
If we look back into our old Hindi films, right since the 70s era we have seen many films where our darling hero used to work as as criminal under the influence of main villain. After as drastic change of heart our hero decides to lead a simple life but things are not as easy as it seemed to him. The villain makes it complicated by pressurizing our hero to do a last big job for him or tries to eliminate him. We have seen almost all our major heroes from that time doing such films. With changing times our hero slowly and gradually transformed it’s base to either some terrorist organization or nation intelligence security. ‘A Gentleman’ seems to be one such movie featuring today’s young actor Siddharth Malhotra. Thus, let’s find out whether this age old drama will manage to connect with its audience due to its generation next style of presentation or might end up like a old wine in a new bottle.

Story:
‘A Gentleman’ is a story of Gaurav (Siddharth Malhotra), living a happy go lucky perfect life in Miami. Gaurav is a perfect gentleman who is at his best when it comes to work, lifestyle, manners and every other aspect of life. Gaurav likes his work colleague Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez), but Kavya consider him only as a good friend. Kavya feels Gaurav is nice but boring. On the other end Rishi (Siddharth Malhotra) works for a secret organization run by the government under the leadership of Colonel (Sunil Shetty). Rishi along with his colleague Yakub (Darshan Kumar) keeps following Colonel’s orders until one fine day when Rishi decides to leave this organization and lead a simple mans life. Colonel does not agree to Rishi’s decision and orders Yakub to eliminate him. Rishi elopes away from the clutches of Colonel and Yakub and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story as mentioned earlier is same old drama which we have seen in our Hindi films since many decades. The treatment out here is quite stylish and has been tried to be presented in a quirky manner. The Hollywoodish styling adds the glamour to this age old drama which from its first scene is totally predictable. Sadly, the screenplay is weak and lethargic. The movie takes lots of time in establishing the lives of Siddharth Malhotra as Rishi and Gaurav. It’s the middle portions with some good action and few comical scenes which works as the main highlight of this film. The entire chase scene in China followed by car getting stuck in crunched buildings of Mumbai and few such action sequences are fantastically shot. The scenes where Siddharth sings song from ‘Aashiqui’ or Rajit Kapur along with Supriya Pilgaonkar visiting Siddharth’s house adds up as the much needed humour in this bland film. There should have been many more such scenes as they are the signature style of the director duo Raj and DK. Failing to which, the movie lacks the connectivity factor and the excitement level keeps wobbling at frequent intervals. The cinematography is of top notch and gives the movie total international feel. All the action sequences have been shot in crafty manner but again one needs more of such positive points in order to make this movie gripping and engaging.
Music:
Music by Sachin Jigar is peppy but wrongly placed in the movie. The first half only has one song and the second half is flooded with others. ‘Chandralekha’, ‘Baat Ban Jaye’ and ‘Lagi Choote Na’ sounds good and works only on individual basis. ‘Disco Disco’ is presented in the end credits only to treat fans of Siddharth and Jacqueline. ‘Bandook Meri Laila’ has been criminally wasted in background. The background music on the other side is great and goes well with the flow of the film.
Direction:
Director Raj and DK are known for their unique style of films such as ‘99’, ‘Shor In A City’ and ‘Go Goa Gone’. Sadly, out here they settle down for a age old formula styled script and fails to create the much needed excitement or thrills related to mistaken identity. Their wacky humour is also very minimal in the film. The movie is not bad or boring. It’s just that its too simple, bland and slow paced. There is everything in the movie but still nothing seems to connect nor work for the film, except some fine action stunts.
Performances:
Siddharth Malhotra looks great in both his characters, especially of Gaurav the clean guy. He excels out in the action scenes. Jacqueline Fernandez looks fantastic but has lacks over the meaty role. The romantic track between Jacqueline and Siddharth is lame and not up to the mark. Sunil Shetty looks great and has a powerful character which thanks to the weak screenplay has been reduced to just a cliched villain. Audience would have loved to see this angry old man kicking and punching in at least one scene. Darshan Kumar is fine in his part. Rajit Kapur, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Hussain Dalal lend good support. Amit Mistry is wasted.

Final Verdict:
So on an overall basis ‘A Gentleman is quite gentle in terms of its presentation but band in its execution. It’s not a bad film and would be liked by Siddharth Malhotra’s fans. If only the movie was as pacy, intriguing and exciting as it’s trailer the impact would had been much more powerful.
Rating – 2.5/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]