Aurangazeb (Hindi)
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A slick cops and gangsters story of kinship, betrayal and family values. A new-school crime drama with a tried and tested old-school double role plot line is saved by clever writing and superior acting by Arjun Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Prithviraj, among others.

A well scripted cop drama is always a good watch. Laced with slick values, strong dialogues, multiple characters and a clever story that keeps you guessing, these weave their plots tight and leave you with that ‘all-ends-tied-up’ kind of a feeling. Some of the more popular movies of this kind that come to mind are The Departed, Ek Haseena Thi and Johnny Gaddar. Aurangzeb too is a film that follows that thought process, but is spliced with the 70s favourite: the double role. It comes real close to being a high-gloss cop drama, well written film which gives you such clean closure that you crave an open end somewhere….anywhere!

Overall, Aurangzeb is a tightly written, well researched drama that demands more mature treatment and little more complexity. A slick new-age cop drama masquerading as a big commercial film, it is among the finer dramas made in Bollywood in recent times. Atul Sabharwal indeed seems to have a longer innings to play in Bollywood that we can look forward to.

There’s a dramatic twist here  that ensures Aurangzeb doesn’t draw too many comparisons from the likes of The Departed, The Devil’s Double or even Don. (Though there is moment that squeals Skyfall whereas the background score is reminiscent of The Dark Knight Rises.)

Deeply derivative of the traditional Hindi film narrative where blood-ties gain precedence over individual turbulence, Aurangzeb works even in its inept form. Because, one, Sabharwal constructs a compelling, intricate conspiracy of deceit and motive around predominantly grey characters, where chances are anyone can turn a volte face, for better or worse.

And because Aurangzeb’s momentum is steady and swift, the loopholes are skilfully minimised even if only temporarily. So, sure, you do wonder about the loosely established relationships, convenient set-ups and undisclosed footage of significant reactions, but much later.

Interestingly, Aurangzeb doesn’t demonstrate any depth to examine the impact of role-playing, and change in circumstances on Arjun Kapoor’s psyche but both -- Prithviraj (by way of voiceover that offers a constant peek into his thoughts) and Rishi Kapoor (his candid conversation with Deepti Naval showing his innermost anxieties to his frighteningly supportive partner) -- emerge as the more fleshed-out characters of this stylish drama.

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Prithviraj, Sasha Aagha, Swara Bhaskar, Sikander Kher, TANVI AZMI, Deepti Naval
DVD Features:Dolby Digital 5.1,Anamorphic WideScreen,NTSC All Regions, English Subtitles
Director: Atul Sabharwal
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Production Co: Yash Raj Films
Music Director: Amartya Rahut, Vipin Mishra

Ajay and Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) are twin brothers separated by birth. While Vishal gets taken away by the mother (Tanvi Azmi) Ajay gets left behind with Yashvardhan (Jackie Shroff) who under the garb of being a real estate tycoon runs an a huge nexus of illegal activities only to turn into a depraved person. DCP Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) uncle of ACP Arya (Prithviraj Sukumaran) are both corrupt and call themselves collecting agents come across Vishal and replace him with Ajay to bust Yashvardhan's racket. Whether the estranged son turns his father's empire to ruins or not follows through the rest of the plot.

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