Phamous Review

When you think about why someone needed to tell this story, you come up with no answers. The story is so sketchy, everything looks so stretched you wish you had a remote control to fast forward the whole thing.



The movie begins ordinarily enough. The setting is Chambal, the dreaded dacoit infested region. They say the waters of the Chambal river turn anyone into a 'dhaakad' or 'a heavy'. A girl is getting married when dacoits show up to loot the wedding. But wait! The dacoit is actually kidnapping the bride. He's Kadak Singh (played by Kay Kay Menon, wearing a large handlebar moustache and yellow contact lenses). The bride's dad Shambhu, is none other than Jackie Shroff, who uses his own gun to stop the looting and kills his daughter instead. The cops show up and arrest Jackie Shroff (who looks the part of a guy who could handle a gun, is taken away). Since Shambhu is gone, Kadak Singh and his bad political crony Ram Vijay Tripathi (played rather hammily by the hitherto infallible Pankaj Tripathi) take over the area and become petty dictators.



Kadak Singh's atrocities are witnessed by a young lad called Radhe, who unwittingly saves Kadak Singh by refusing to identify him as the killer in a police lineup...Then there's Radhe's heartbreak over a teacher Miss Rosy (Mahie Gill who is predictably clad in barely there blouses) who is raped and killed by the sleazy Ram Vijay Tripathi, who then goes to jail. Radhe grows up to be a namby-pamby Jimmy Sheirgill who marries Lalli (Shriya Saran, who is dressed up too scantily to be village belle) who in turn is ogled at and is wanted by the sleazy politician... So Kadak Singh and Ram Vijay Tripathi hatch a convoluted plan to first give Radhe a job, send him to do accounts in nearby villages and then to make merry with Lalli. That takes at least 45 minutes to accomplish. You wonder why they don't just shoot Radhe and get on with the lust program? Then you realise you don't really care.

This movie about guns and baddies is so slow you could answer all your pending emails and the story would not have moved an inch. A local politician and a local baddie rule a small town with guns. The politician lusts after the wife of a local chap. The machinations to kidnap her are so pathetic and the posturing with guns is so ridiculous, you want to fast forward the whole thing and be done with lust and guns and whatever... (1) - Manisha Lakhe

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