TIJORI'S BOLD THRILLER DISAPPOINTS
TIJORI'S BOLD THRILLER DISAPPOINTS

By Eye TV India Bureau

Critic's I-view

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Actor-turned-director Deepak Tijori has attempted a suspense thriller this time. This movie called 'Fox' is as the name says quite dicey. The movie seems to succeed as it opens but then soon falters and the story is lost. In the movie, the character Arjun Kapoor is a successful criminal lawyer, played by Bollywood's actor-turned-restaurateur Arjun Rampal. The character has a reputation for his vast knowledge and the interpretation of law and hasn't lost any case. He has acquitted the biggest criminals irrespective of the seriousness of the charges against him or her. Criminals swear by his name and call him "Law ka Genius" and a "Mujrimon ka Messiah".

Though this does prick his conscience. After years of saving many criminals from severest punishment, one day, torn with guilt, he decides to quit his law practice and change for good. However, someone seems to be unwilling to let him get out of this and easily. So, Arjun thinks that he must seek the help of his girlfriend Urvashi, played by Sagarika Ghatge, and a police officer Yash, played by Sunny Deol. He reaches Goa and there meets with an elderly stranger who hands him an unpublished novel and promptly dies. Arjun publishes the novel under his own name, turns a best-selling crime author and sooner than later finds himself in jail.

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The police claim that every murder in the novel is an actual unsolved case that could have only been written about in such detail if he were the author were the murderer himself! The novel is titled "Find the Fox" and the cover features a blurb that says 'I am not making this up - an actual fox in lawyers' robes!!' And, the publisher of the novel is none other than the glamorous Udita Goswami who in a mini-skirt doubles up as an item girl when necessary. The movie does kick-start well and succeeds in creating suspense. Everything moves fine, sequences are well canned, and the characters and situations only evoke mystery.

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It is somewhere here then that the movie slips into intrigue and loses the audience's attention and one turns indifferent towards the movie. Well, the problems lie with the villain's motive that becomes so odd that one fails to appreciate the brilliant start. Technically, we find that Nigam Bomzan's camerawork is mixed in that it's outstanding at places, and at some other places very shaky, especially during the shooting of courtroom. Similarly, background score by Monty Sharma is good but otherwise the music is poor. It's strange that Sunny Deol isn't what he is usually seen doing in films - beating all and sundry. Here, he is just different - calm and quiet. Arjun Rampal has performed brilliantly.

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However, director Deepak Tijori puts a bad wig on his head and this is beyond comprehension. A pretty Udita Goswami doesn't have much of a role and is grossly underutilized. She seems in there only to add glamour to the film. Among other prominent persons, Sagarika Ghatge has performed her part very well. Vipul Gupta is okay as a newcomer. Tijori has not only directed but also written the story. And, problems are compounded due to unsatisfactory acting. Each actor goes through the motions wearing forlorn expressions and bad wigs! Sad but true that a seasoned cast of the movie does not help. The director fails to create a fizz. Incidentally, other six movies releasing this Friday have relatively new actors.

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