Film: 'Ungli'

Director: Rensil D'Silva

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kangna Ranaut, Randeep Hooda, Neil Bhoopalam, Angad Bedi and Sanjay Dutt.

Storyline:.A gang of five friends adopts a new method to fight corruption in the system. Nikhil (Emraan Hashmi), Abhay (Randeep Hooda), Maya (Kangana Ranaut), Goti (Neil Bhoopalam) and Kalim (Angad Bedi) begin their friendship when they meet at a gym.

When they find that the system is too corrupt to provide justice, they form a gang called Ungli. They kidnap and punish government officials, while ridiculing them. Teaching a lesson to the Head of the RTO, they shame him. They also take on the police.

ACP Kale essayed by Sanjay Dutt is under pressure from the Chief Minister and the government to stop the vigilantes. He takes up the case and begins to track down Ungli gang.

Although the Ungli gang has a noble motive but it adopts the unlawful methods to fight corruption.

Review:

Writer-director Rensil D'Silva's 'Ungli' is a broad blend of elements from Rang De Basanti, a 2006 film that he co-scripted, and touches of the good old revenge drama. But the outcome of the amalgam is anything but salutary.
    
For all its good intentions, 'Ungli', produced by Karan Johar, is a listless and superficial thriller that sets its goals at a level that it has no way of reaching.
    
It eventually falls way short of the mark. The film revolves around a quartet of Mumbai youngsters who decide to target the city's corrupt politicians and government officials after a friend of theirs is brutally clubbed with a cricket bat in a road rage case and the well- connected culprit goes scot-free.
    
Nothing that 'Ungli' delivers is remotely fresh – it deals with issues that have been done to death in popular Hindi cinema, and sometimes with far greater impact.
    
The crusaders pick on errant corporation functionaries, greedy regional transport office clerks and bribe-demanding pension department officials, besides others.
    
The city police brass, under pressure from the political class, summons an honest cop (Sanjay Dutt) and deploys him to bring the elusive masked gang to book.
    
But given the way it pans out, 'Ungli' is neither an engaging cat-and-mouse drama nor an effective enough cinematic chronicle of the many indignities that an insensitive system heaps upon the man in the street on a daily basis.
    
The film's storyline is marred by laboured narrative devices and yawning gaps in logic.
    
The film has a cast of reasonably competent actors, including the tried and tested Randeep Hooda, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut, but none of them is given the space that might have helped them make a positive difference to the final product.
'Ungli' is the kind of film that sounds much better as a concept than it turns out to be on the big screen.
    
The facile manner in which the gang of four goes about teaching the corrupt a lesson and gaining friends among the masses is too good to be true.
    
What is even more difficult to stomach is the way in which a young policeman (Emraan Hashmi), who has been roped in to nab the 'Ungli' gang, switches sides with impunity.
    
The supporting cast of 'Ungli' is bolstered by the presence of the likes of Raza Murad, Reema Lagoo and Mahesh Manjrekar. These actors are good enough to make the most of the limited opportunities that the script gives them.
    
Director of photography Hemant Chaturvedi and editor Deepa Bhatia also leave a mark on the film in terms of pacing and visual texture, both of which are of the highest order.
    
As for the other resources placed at D'Silva's disposal, the less said the better. PTI
The music of Ungli has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman, Sachin-Jigar, Gulraj Singh, Aslam keyi. The soundtrack has five tracks, which include the title track, 'Ungli Pe Nachalein', the item number Dance Basanti and Pakeeza.

'Dance Basanti' starring Shraddha Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi is a very glamorous song. The song choreographed by Bosco-Caesar is definitely a take from original Basanti, but with a modern day twist. The song is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Anushka Manchanda, composed by Sachin-Jigar with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

'Pakeezah' the second single track picturised on Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut is sung and composed by Gulraj Singh with the lyrics of Manoj Yadav.

The film has social relevance, it raises the prominent problem of corruption, where the common man is not able to raise his voice against corrupt powers and suffers the injustice. The film somehow is successful in delivering the message of fighting for the injustice done to common man.

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