Release Date: 28th November 2014
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Dutt, Randeep Hooda, Neil Bhoopalam, Angad Bedi, Kangana Ranaut, Neha Dhupia
Directed by: Rensil D’Silva
Music: Salim-Sulaiman, Sachin-Jigar, Gulraj Singh, Aslam keyi
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Corruption is like an undeterrable termite that has been eating up the nation from time immemorial. Enough has been spoken about these tumultuous issues that strike the nation with a tremor of power. Yet, opting to weave a story around the same moot point seems like a precarious step taken by Rensil D’Silva. Ungli is yet another take on the enlarging belly of a corrupt system that crushes the common man in a daily routine!
Plot: A gang of four obscure young lads sets out to detoxify the system by teaching them lessons in their own unconventional ways. While the public praises their heroism, the so-called protectors of law try hard to curb their ideas. Can this gang succeed in bringing about a change in society with their novel style of punishing the corrupt, is what Ungli is all about!
Performances: The profound calibre that Emraan Hashmi conceals in himself has been spoken about infinite times. Despite an indistinct character, Emraan makes his presence noteworthy.
Following his footmarks is yet another genius called Randeep Hooda. This actor perfectly understands the pitch of his character and fits in consummately.
Sanjay Dutt has a robust persona which still leaves an impressive mark. Nonetheless, for some reason, he looks a little dull and low on energy.
The rest of the actors including Angad Bedi, Neil Bhoopalam, Kangana Ranaut and Neha Dhupia perform decently well on their part.
Music: The music album of Ungli is a combined effort by a huge ensemble of music directors. But despite investing on variety, the album does not really stand through on the quality of the songs. The music of the film is an average composition that can be regarded as the weakest one of the Dharma Productions. The best one from the lot is Dance Basanti!
What’s Good: Ungli definitely envisages some novel ideas which make this film a lot more different from those of its type. The witty one-liners are the master strokes that make this overused plot crispy and fun to watch. The duration is just apt for sitting through.
What’s Bad: The film definitely has a number of loopholes that drop the pitch. The second half loses the pace and tends to get melodramatic. The love angles are hideous and unnecessary and so are the songs. The film stumbles upon the direction and cinematography.
Rensil D’Silva’s Ungli might not be based on a novel concept but the ideas it dwells upon are definitely au currant. Despite being a Karan Johan production, the film does not sell on the usual props of starry casting, elaborate sets or love stories. It is the wit of the movie that makes it unique and worth a watch. Ungli may not be a blockbuster but is definitely a one-time watch!
Verdict: Ungli is a clap-worthy idea that needs a shout out!
Rating: ** and a half