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Big B shoulders movie

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati, Vijay Raaz, Anjana Sukhani, Abhimanyu Singh, Madhu Shalini
Director: Ram Gopal Varma

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Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma has established himself in a genre and become a production factory. Known to dare on subjects within his genre, RGV has produced massive hits and some flops. But, he does leave an indelible mark on the audience with his new discoveries of subjects, stars and stories. RGV is loved by some actors who say he values actor's performance. His latest film 'Department' released Friday, May 18, 2012 is an example. Ramu has always showed extraordinary regard for Big B. He seems to have added a new and bright chapter in Big B's career via 'Department'. Besides the movie, Amitabh Bachchan even at his advanced age has demonstrated in 'Department' that he beats others hollow as far as his acting and voice are concerned.

Other lead stars Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati have also excelled in their performance. Even female leads both looked pretty and play their roles well. Anjana Sukhani and Madhu Shalini lend full support to the film. And, the Brazilian beauty discovered by RGV in 'Department', Nathalia Kaur, does truly set the screen on fire with her really amazing performance in her item number, Dan Dan. Her flesh show seems to have crossed the Lakshman Rekha though and could well be the single biggest factor to contribute to the Censors award of 'A' certificate. She might well be worth and we feel Ramu will not forget to repeat her in a lead role. True to himself, RGV has filled the movie with the dose of violence and sex to the brim! Perhaps, as much was not necessary!!

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The movie's story centers on Mumbai Police. Tired of corruption within, the police create a Department to put an end to the growing menace of the underworld and their goons. Alas, the 'Department' gets corrupt too. To change the image and give it a makeover, Inspector Mahadev Bhosle played by Sanjay Dutt leads the fight against mafia dons Mohammad Ghori and Sawatiya. The Department is given powers beyond the normal purview. Bhosle inducts Shivnarayan played by Rana Daggubati to take on the underworld. Rana is happy to avenge his suspension for acting against the underworld. Enter Amitabh Bachchan is don-turned-politico Sarjerao Gaikwad. His performance is all impressive with his silvery hair, dark glasses, hyper laughter and a tinkling bell. The Department succeeds in dividing the underworld. Sanjay breaks the duo of DK played by Abhimanyu Singh and Naseer played by Madhu Shalini from Sawatiya. Comment they feature more often than even Big B in the movie. Abhimanyu Singh dons attire, which might seem ridiculous but one never knows if it sets a trend!

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The movie's script, screenplay and dialogues, and direction are perfect. Expect that from Ramu. Camera work is exceptional; angles are just a delight for the discerning. Vijay Raaz performs well but gets lost on lack of scope. Deepak Tijori and Laxmi Manchu seem a waste. The movie lacks in music, though there's reminders of 'Namak Haraan's song "Thodi Si Jo Pee Li Hai". On some thought, one feels it gels well. Overall, it is Big B who takes the burden off RGV to shoulder the movie. It might have just been another violent sexy movie without glory. So, fans of Amitabh Bachchan shouldn't miss it.


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