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IT HAS Bobby Deol. And when that happens you would probably go for the film expecting some really mindless action and some jaw clenching dialogues. Some of which you would have even heard before. But here is the twist.

Bobby Deol has given such a sensitive performance in places you would not anticipate. Director E. Niwas treads the path of fighting injustice in this film too. He shows a definite clarity of style and purpose but inhabiting the world of Hindi cinema there are always some loose ends that don't tie up.

The story, on the whole, is reasonably realistic and situations very common in life.

But then here is the crunch. Some things just don't add up. The police have made a mistake. That happens. But then won't they be careful about witnesses? Especially when there has been cold-blooded murder? Won't they have to take care of the eyewitness at some point and not when things hot up? Or is it that they are just bullies and never thought of consequences?

The story goes like this... Aditya Shrivatsav (Bobby Deol) is a travel executive who is the sole custodian of his younger brother Anuj (Ritesh Deshmukh) after the demise of their parents. And Anuj is not easy to deal with haunting as he does nightclubs and pubs in search of a good time.

And when he is sober he is asthmatic, a huge irritant in the college where he even breaks into the school locker to peek at the question papers for money. Really furious Aditya gives him a verbal lashing of his life and Anuj reacts by accusing him of cowardice and a source of embarrassment.

The fact is (in a flashback) Aditya was actually a major in the army expelled for insubordination. Ashamed and losing his long time girl friend Payal (Lara Dutta) on account of this he leaves the place and starts afresh in a new city.

Anuj leaves the house and when he does not return till next morning Aditya gets panicky and files a complaint with the local the police station. That is when he encounters indifference, apathy and murkiness. Desperate and miserable, he eventually discovers Anuj in a morgue. Apparently killed while escaping from three cops - Yashwant Thakur (Rahul Dev) Sunil Yadav (Ganesh Yadav) and Deepak Sawant (Vishwajeet Pradhan). His crime? Peddling in drugs.

Or at least that is what the police report says. There is more to the report and Aditya wants to find out and that is when his quest for justice begins.

This is also the time his ex girlfriend Payal makes a re-entry but as a lawyer who wants to help him get to the bottom of things.

Even as there is no strong motive behind Anuj's murder, there are two eyewitnesses to narrate what really happened. How they come into play forms the crux of the film.

The director has managed to extract a very decent performance from Lara Dutta. For a change the serious working woman is shown in sensible clothes and expressions. Just as Ritesh Deshmukh has given his all in the very brief role- most of which is looking pained— but he seems to be a very strong contender in the histrionics department. Playing his girlfriend is Tara Sharma who does well too as the traumatised victim.


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