Ungli Hindi Movie

Feature Film | 2014 | UA
Lacks punch, fails to evoke emotions.
Nov 28, 2014 By Noyon Jyoti Parasara

It has been close to nine years since Rang De Basanti swept the nation. It did get it share of rebukes, but that did not stop it from attaining a cult status. A group of friends tired of the corruption around decides to make a statement. Their voice not only reached out, their emotions registered. All these years later, Rensil D'Silva, the man who wrote RDB, tries to create similar emotions and resurrect his career as a director. Unfortunately for him, Ungli does not quite evoke any sentiment, except boredom.

Ungli is about a group of friends forming a gang that takes up the job that the enforcement should have done - teach a lesson to the corrupt. Needless to say the authorities-that-be do not take these act well. A police officer is put in charge of an operation to get this vigilante group to justice. Now, how he does it could very well be a Sanjay Gupta film!

Ungli starts well. It does not waste time getting to the point. And it moves fast. But the pace does not excite. The first half sets the stage for some drama. Unfortunately the drama turns out to be beyond the realms of logic.

The problem with Ungli is a very amateurish screenplay - one that seems to have been written without much will. The gang can actually find their way into anyone's house as if it's a piece of cake... there is no planning. On one occasion they enter the house of a politician with small bags but when they leave the house is covered with posters that they pasted on the walls. You would wonder how they got all the posters into the house considering the did not carry them while jumping across the walls. I am sure the writers have no clue too.

Among the good parts, apart from the fact that it does wrap up in mere two hours, is the equation between the characters. That brings some heart to the screenplay. The actors put in whatever they can, despite not having much of a scope. Emraan Hashmi is at his charming best, Randeep is stylish, Neha Dhupia has some meat too. Kangana does not quite stand out in her character. Neil and Angad do their bits. Sanjay Dutt plays a policeman, again. Thankfully, this time one that does not crack an coconut with his biceps. And he does well by showing a mature side to him.

Ungli is a film that starts with some good intent but falters midway. Much like the fact that the filmmaker resorts to using the punch sign instead of the middle finger that he initially intended to. Censor scare. I would have recommended they change the name of the film from Ungli to Mukka, but then with a film that lack any punch the change in name would have hardly mattered.

Noyon Jyoti Parasara