Movie: Azaan

Director: Prashant Chadha

Cast: Sachiin Joshi, Candice Boucher, Sarita Choudhary, Aly Khan, Ravi Kissen and Aarya Babbar

Rating: Average

Story Line: The story revolves around Azaan Khan (Sachiin Joshi), a young upright army officer working for RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). He is an informer, who has to go undercover beyond enemy lines and help find out enough information to be able to save his brother and the nation from destruction at the hands of Biological Warfare. What unfolds is a man's determination of saving his country against all odds of human defiance. In his journey, he meets Afreen (Candice Boucher), who helps Azaan realise that he too is vulnerable and has human sentiments. As the tagline of the movie claims, one country, one conspiracy and Azaan, who only has one desire to find his brother.

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The screenplay by Shubra Swaroop is gritty and gripping, ensuring that every episode stays a step ahead of the audiences' expectations. The characters speak a language that belongs to the world of terrorism and anti-terrorism.

And yet the spoken words in various languages including Hebrew and French do not obtrude or impinge on the harmony that the narrative creates in the discordant disembodies world of serial bombing across the world.

Explosive as the theme is, no one is here to have a blast. The most remarkable aspect of the action in "Aazaan" is the lack of flamboyance. The hero (debutant Sachiin Joshi, decent and modest) is a one-man army but no super-hero.

He bleeds, he hurts and he feels the lashes on his soul of a world hell bent on destroying itself. We feel him feeling all of this, partly because the screenplay doesn't shy away from emotions when required. Men do cry. But not for long. Really, guns don't go with violins.

The merger of the themes of global terrorism and the personal demons that drive the characters beyond the edge is achieved with a surprising lack of brouhaha. Though ‘Aazaan’ is arguably the best-looking action film shot in India, it neither flaunts its resources nor takes the narrative on a world tour just for the heck of it.

Debutant Sachiin Joshi knows his limitations as an actor and works way around them by playing a character that would rather be closer to realism than larger than life. The other performances particularly Aarya Babbar, Ravi Kissan and Aly Khan too are in keeping with the films less-is-more mood. But what on earth is the talented Sarita Choudhary doing in a role that looks like James Bond's M on steroids.

As for Prashant Chadha's direction, not for a second does it allow us to feel we're watching a film that tells us, terrorism is not a formula for entertainment and violence is not an occasion for choreographed splendour. Style and substance come together in an explosive clasp that doesn't give us a chance to gasp.

Thumbs Up: Different countries, high voltage action and Playboy cover girl Candice Boucher on a beach for few seconds, can prove to be the strong points for which you can push yourself to grab a seat. Every location from Morocco to Germany to Hong Kong and Poland is shot by cinematographer Axel Fischer to stunning minimalist effect.
‘Aazaan’ takes the action genre in this country to a new level of finesse and restraint.

Thumbs Down: The background score by Salim-Suleman and the sound design are remarkably bridled. Shabby story treatment takes away the motive from the film, making it utterly tasteless. It’s a beautiful cake with no sugar!

If you are an action lover go for it but if you want a story you will come out with empty hands.

(JPN)

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