Storyline: Storyline: This is a love story where most of the playing-time is devoted to the protagonists locked in a scuffle of the most physical and violent kind. And yet, there's a core of tenderness in the film, manifested in Sonakshi Sinha's melting pleading eyes as she makes a run away from the city's arch-goon Gajender Singh (Manoj Bajpayee, bang-on), who has taken a shine to her.

Mind you, it's not a lecher's lascivious love. It's true love. Bajpayee interprets the besotted goon's character with such intuitive warmth that you almost feel sorry for this vicious uncouth 'katta'-carrying ruffian turning into jelly when love strikes at a dance performance, which incidentally could've been better choreographed.

There is no telling about tastes, specially when a man loses his heart while the local lass swirls twirls and unfurls a wave of endless violence that ends at Terminal 3 of the Delhi airport. Bajpayee's character's love for the spirited Radhika would have made for a more interesting case-study on the wayward ways of the heart than the other liaison between the hero and the heroine.

Bajpayee takes the character beyond the precincts ofA parodic evil.At the end of the day, "Tevar" is a showcase for Arjun Kapoor's heroics Make no mistake, this is Arjun Kapoor's one-way ticket to some 'hero-giri'.

Review: Its Funny, that how more things change, the more they remain the same. 'Tevar', which is one of the most engaging Bollywood masala dossiers in recent months, takes us through the crowded 'gallis', 'mohallas' and 'akhadas' of Agra and Mathura in search of that elusive thing called love.

'Tevar' averts the wheezy and adopts the breezy momentum of a narrative hurling towards a pre-empted bloody finale. Oh yes, the film is violent. Extremely so. The action scenes, though stretched out, are shot skilfully in the comicbook mode. You could almost see debutant director Amit Sharma thinking of the original fights in the Telugu hit 'Okkudi' being reproduced here in tactile terms.

The narrative is pickled with crackerjack action sequences. And if Arjun is the self-confessed 'Salman ka fan' hero of 'Tevar', then action director Sham Kaushal's kicks and grunts are the hero's hefty heroic ammunition.

This isn't the first time that Sonakshi has played the damsel in distress. She knows the character by heart. In a couple of sequences, such as the one where Arjun smears holi colours on her face, and/or the pre-climactic interlude where he attacks Bajpayee with the arsenic of sarcasma, Sonakshi nails the character. This is her best performance after 'Lootera'. Luckily for the script, Arjun and Sonakshi look like the kind of people who can bump into one another due to a bizarre chain of events, and then fall in love.

The songs of the film have already made it to the chartbusters. 'Superman' and 'Radha Nachegi', created a lot of buzz, and fun party number 'Let's Celebrate' gives a warm desi welcome to Holland-based singer Imran Khan of 'Amplifier' fame. The film also has an item dance 'Madamiya' by Shruti Haasan.

The build-up to the couple's growing mutual fondness doesn't have a convincing graph. But what the film has in huge amounts, is inner faith in the filmy formula, and a virile fluency in the narrative pattern. This week, just forget about gods and aliens. Just go have a good time watching an unpretentious unapologetic masala film.

Director: Amit Sharma

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee, Kader Khan, Himanshu Singh, Shruti Haasan

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