Movie Review ‘Dongri Ka Raja’ by : ‘G9 Divya Solgama’
The 70’s era marked the launch of films based on urban criminals followed by loads of tales related to the under word in the 80’s and the 90’s era. There were few path breaking films like ‘Deewar’, ‘Satya’, ‘Vastav’, ‘Company’ and others. But along with these films we also witnessed several glamorized version of such films. These movies were set around fictional characters from the underworld and had several tracks which included rival villains, romance, cop drama, family emotions and lot more. This genre started fading out with the rise of multiplex era. The whole set-up of underworld criminals in today’s time seems fake and outlandish. Even Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Satya 2’, had nothing new to offer and followed the same pattern we had witnessed in the 90’s era. The latest to join this genre is ‘Dongri Ka Raja’ which claims to be a love story set on the backdrop of underworld crimes. So, let’s find out whether ‘Dongri Ka Raja’ will manage to entertain or enlighten us in this genre or might end up being yet another outdated film.
‘Dongri Ka Raja’ is a story of a underworld don Mansoor Ali (Ronit Roy) and his sharp shooter Raja (Gashmeer Mahajani). Raja keeps killing Mansoor’s rivals and opponents due to which police inspector Sidhant (Ashmit Patel) wants to catch them. On the other end Raja falls in love with Shruti (Reecha Sinha). Raja wants to marry Shruti due to which he faces opposition from Mansoor Ali as well as Inspector Sidhant. What happens next, is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story by M. Salim might not have anything new to offer but at the same time has some good moments incorporated in the film. Kamlesh Sawant’s killing innocent people track, was enjoyable along with the superb twist in the middle portion of the film. But your happiness doesn’t last longer as the movie is presented in a complete outdated manner. The movie reminds you of all those flop crime based films of Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and others. The rhyming dialogue delivery reminds you of the epic trashy film ‘Gunda’ (‘Jo haan kehta hai use chod deta hu, jo na kehta hai use tod deta hu..’). There are few scenes like the hospital track, Reecha’s sudden change of heart, Gashmeet shuffling from one end to another, Ashmit Patel trying to over smart everyone etc. are dragged to the fullest. One can find the same theme or dramatic moments presented on a repetitive mode. Several tracks are left half baked, especially the track of Ronit Roy. The cinematography is good and presents the movie decently.
Speaking about the music, there is an item song featuring Sunny Leone with obscure wordings such as ‘Meri yeh choli, blockbuster lage’ and so on. The romantic song is decent.
The director tries to narrate a tale which has its settings based in the 90’s era and despite of that he presents it in today’s time. The whole set-up looks fake and irrelevant. He tries to focus more on the love saga and fails to enhance the other characters.
Gashmeet Mahajani tries hard to do justice to his strong character in the film. Due to lack of experience he fails to deliver something new nor is he able to establish the connecting factor. Reecha Sinha overacts in most of the scenes and lacks the heroine factor. Ashmit Patel hams to the fullest and keeps ramp walking wearing police uniform in most of the scenes. Ronit Roy is menacing and should have been explored more in the film. His character vanishes as the movie reaches its finale. Ashwini Kalsekar is wasted.
On an overall basis, ‘Dongri Ka Raja’ has nothing royal to offer and ends up as a pauperish effort due to stale narration and weak performances.
Rating – 1.5/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)