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It has to be Hindi cinema’s first movie that is all about corporate life and building a business.
The story itself is straightforward, HS Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) scrapes through his BCom exams – and knows that entering the hallowed portals of high end B School is beyond his capabilities.
However he does have a talent for persuading people – so he lands up getting a job as a Sales Trainee with Computer parts seller AYS. AYS is owned and run by the corrupt Mr. Puri who does not hesistate to bribe Purchase Managers to sell his computers.
Poor Bedi blows the whistle about a client who demands a bribe – and is promptly banned from going to sell. His colleagues get their sales targets increased and hate him.
Hurt and angry, Bedi subverts the official way of doing business and launches his own stealth startup called “Rocket Sales Corp” recruiting the Receptionist, the Office Peon, The Service Engineer and finally the Sales Manager too.
The story never meanders from this path – and there are no typical Bollywood dances or songs – and even the love interest is dispensed early with.
And there are tonnes of career and work related quotes. For example, Mr Puri loves quoting “हर बन्दे में एक ऊपर जाने की quality होती है और एक नीचे जाने की . फरक येही है की वोह कौनसी quality को बढ़ता है” (Everyone has a quality that takes him to the top and another that takes him to the bottom. Where you finally end up depends on which you utilise)
Finally Bedi has the last laugh – and shows that building a business using ethical practices is possible and their are clients who value it and cannot be bought – showcasing the way business is done in India is changing. As he tells Puri in the end “You concentrated on the numbers and didn’t care about the relationships – however I learnt that if one focuses on the relationships the numbers will come”
I kid you not, at that point I wanted to get up and clap.
Yessir, this is a landmark film for Indian moviedom. It’s going to be a cult film for the corporate crowd 🙂
Some people told me that they felt the movie was a bit on the long side, and I agree that some tight editing would have made it even better.
P.P.S. Other people have pointed out that even Corporate was a movie based on corporate life. Yes that’s true. But while Corporate was about larger than life issues, melodramatic and holier than thou – Rocket Singh is about a protagonist with whom the audience can empathise. checkFull(“post-” + “5496435794864955909”);
So I finally caught this movie that’s been bombarded on us with hajaar marketing messages. From ushers getting the ‘Ghajini’ haircut to Aamir himself becoming a barber and giving his fans in Delhi the buzz cut.
I finally gave into the persuasion and caught the movie.
First things first, Aamir as the wounded, angry and forgetful beast of a man is terrific. His portrayal of pain and rage – a potent combination- makes you flinch. The performance is unlike any he has done in the past. Even his earlier action turns [in Sarfarosh] pale in comparison. Either the guy has gone on honing and developing his craft, which is stupendous – or he’s always had the talent and we’ve just never got to see it so far.
Asin is a breath of fresh air – in an industry reeling under the collective size zero weights of dignified haughty unreachable beauty [think Aishwarya, Katrina, Deepika, Kareena] she’s ebullient, beautiful but yet down to earth. Of course, the script demands her to be so, but except for Kareena’s role as Geet in “Jab We Met” I don’t remember a similar performance.
Where I thought the film was weak was at its emotional core, the love story between Aamir’s character Sanjay and Asin’s character Kalpana. Somewhere in comparison to the rage filled revenge theme it seems too humdrum and bland by comparison. That’s funny. Remember that Aamir was introduced to us 20 years ago as the next door loverboy. He has strived to lose that image, and how successfully!
Maybe that’s what the film’s message is.
That even an ordinary love story can drive people to extraordinary lengths. And if that sounds similar to another recent film, I am knowingly doing it 😉
p.s. Oh, and when was the last time a Hindi movie was named after the negative lead? Even Sholay wasn’t called Gabbar Singh or Mr. India wasn’t called Mogambo!
p.p.s. Oh did I tell you how awesome the action sequences were? After a long time some hard core hand to hand fights. Though it did seem to make Aamir look like a cross between Mike Tyson and Superman!
p.p.s. Aamir’s looking more and more like a cross between Toby Maguire and Tom Hanks.
p.p.p.s. Aamir’s looking cross. Period 😉
girl Shilpa Shukla (who played the bad girl Bindiya Nayak) is all set to enter the international cinema with a film
titled Extrospection which will be directed, written and produced by
Manan Singh Katohora. It is said that the film is based on Satyajit Ray’s
Charulata but set in contemporary times.
The film will be shot
in New York with Shilpa playing the lead role of Charu. With all praises for
Shilpa Shukla, Kotohora said that he was taken aback by the actress’
performance in Khamosh Pani and Chak De India. Hence, she was
his natural choice for the film.
The trailer to the upcoming Batman movie “The Dark Knight” in which the late Heath Ledger acted as the Joker
Johnny Gaddaar Review
Sriram Raghavan returns with another thriller where you know who’s the gaddaar (Traitor) and the movie is about finding out whether his secret will be discovered or will he get away with it.
Neil Mukesh makes a debut where he makes a huge impression as the fast thinking traitor. Dharmendra, Vinay Pathak also shine.
The music is amazing and adds to the quality of the movie overall.
If you’re in the mood to watch a thriller of a movie I would surely recommend Johnny Gaddaar.