Ab Tak Chhappan Hindi Movie Review
Ram Gopal Verma and K. Sera Sera wow with the theme of cops killing the gangsters in their latest venture “Ab Tak 56” starring Nana Patekar, Revathi, Yashpal Sharma, Mohan Agashe and Jeeva in leading roles. After winning acclaim in their last production together namely “Ek Haseena Thi” (featuring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Mantondkar), RGV and K. Sera Sera come up with a debutante director Shimit Amin (who has earlier edited Ram Gopal Verma’s Bhoot) this time around. Cops’ lives subject has been very much used and popular in Hindi cinema from the outset. But the treatment of Ab Tak 56’s theme looks pretty different from the flicks of its kind.
Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar), an integral member of the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police, heads a competitive team of cops, which is determined to eliminate the crime from the city (Mumbai) through encounters. The movie takes the interest level high with the glimpses of Sadhu’s life that unfold themselves slowly (ranging from his interactions with his wife to his colleagues). Commissioner of Police, Pradhan (Mohan Agashe) has full faith in Sadhu and supports him fully. There are some jealous figures as well in crime branch including Imtiaz Siddiqui (Yashpal Sharma) who believe that Sadhu is hogging the fame solely. The flick gathers momentum when a new Commissioner of Police, Suchak (Jeeva) enters into the scene. Providing an ample support to Imtiaz for his misdeeds, Suchak brings about strengthening the enmity between Imtiaz and Sadhu. A twist in tale occurs when Revathi (Sadhu’s wife) is murdered. Sadhu leaves the police force to finish off the bad cops and his wife’s killer. On the other side, cops’ force is arranged to kill Sadhu in an encounter. Chased by them (cops), Sadhu becomes a fugitive. The story gains more interest when Sadhu enters another country with the help of India’s most wanted underworld Don, Zameer (Prasad Purandare). Finale then approaches quickly leaving the viewers desiring for more.
Script is well penned and handled with brilliance. Sandeep Srivastava deserves distinction marks but the story still lacks somewhere nevertheless that’s to say it captures the audience’s attention sporadically because at one point it gets slow and the other suddenly collects balance. Debutante director Shimit Amin’s choice of making a film on cops killing gangsters seems less exciting as per the audiences’ point of view since they are not ready to watch brutal encounters and grim subjects on the screen. Devoid of any entertainment, Ab Tak 56 would be a disappointing experience for those who come to watch it merely for entertainment purpose. Cinematography by Vishal Sinha is flawless. Sandeep Srivatava again impresses with unblemished dialogues he has written skillfully for this film. Background score by Salim-Sulaiman is quality stuff. Parvez Khan surprises with the brilliantly executed action sequences. Good-headed performance by Nana Patekar is the life of the movie. Prasad Purandare and Jeeva deliver accurate performances too. Competency is vivid in Yashpal Sharma’s acting. Revathi is also perfect in her role. The other cast of the film does full justice to their respective characters. On the whole, Ab Tak 56, despite having a solid storyline, will not be able to bring lucrative results for the makers because the grim subject of encounters has no interest for the common viewers.
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