Among the slew of films releasing this week is yet another feebly promoted, lacklustre caper Rakhtbeej. Let's see if it stands out from the clutter or not.
Rakhtbeej is the story of two men, from two different generations. Even though their worlds are different their lives keep intersecting. Abhay Jatav (Maanas Shrivastava) from humble beginnings, ends up becoming the most dreaded dacoit in UP. Ajay (Maanas Shrivastava again) also from humble beginings, becomes the CEO of Dabral Group of Industries, at a very young age. Abhay knows Sarita from a long time, and Sarita is in love with Abhay. But when a simple village girl Poonam enters Abhay's life he totally forgets about Sarita.
Sanjana, Dabral's daughter is in love with Ajay from a long time. But when supermodel Priya enters his life, he is blinded by her love. Abhay goes out of his way to help Maya Singh win the village elections. But Maya Singh later backstabs Abhay. Abhay loose his friends and those dear to him and this changes his fate forever. Ajay trusts Dharam, his competitor in business and love, but Dharam backstabs him. Abhay becomes a victim of Politics, Police and Dacoits, while Ajay is the victim of business rivalry. Even though these men are from different generations, their lives resemble each others. Just like Abhay, Ajay too has to choose between his friends, love, relationships and ambition. Is Ajay related to Abhay? Will he ever know? Just because their lives are similar, will they meet with a similar fate?
The film is as convoluted as the story from the press release sounds, or rather more because right till the end, courtesy the hotchpotch you fail to understand the director's objective behind creating something so crass as this!
It's quite a feat to see filmmaker Anil Balani managing to get his C-grade film a theatrical release in the urbane crowd. Right from tacky get ups, outfits, glitchy storyline and a haphazard screenplay, almost every department of this film is tawdry and replete with flaws making you cringe and squirm in your seat at every frame.
The only highlight of the film, the Rakhi Sawant item number also falls flat on its face courtesy the horrible garbled plot.
The least spoken about the acting the better. With a tolerable exception of Tinu Anand, there's nobody that stands a second sight in this film.
Rakhtbeej can actually be listed in the series of cult bad films that scarred Hindi cinema. Best avoided!