Company Hindi Movie

Feature Film | 2002
Apr 11, 2002 By Subhash K. Jha

Ramgopal Varma is back with his new stylishly narrated tale - COMPANY .

Company is an impressive, taut and rivetting film about gang wars and the police, featuring Ajay Devgan, Mohanlal and Vivek Oberoi. Its world-class cinematography and editing, and superb performances from an ensemble cast, overcome a predictable story-line.

A saga of two friends - Malik (Ajay Devgan) and Chandu (Vivek Oberoi) - the story travels from the streets of Mumbai to Hong Kong and then Nairobi. Malik is a trusted lieutenant of an underworld don. He recruits Chandu in the gang when the activities begin to expand. Differences between Malik and his colleagues surface when Malik starts siding Chandu. Malik decides to take the reins in his hands and together with Chandu, starts running the 'company'. Later, Just when Mumbai tough cop Srinivasan (Mohanlal) gets hot on their trail, Chandu and boss Malik (Ajay Devgan) coolly shift base to Hong Kong. A misunderstanding between Malik and his loyal Chandu busts the blood dams in Mumbai. A gang war breaks out and corpses start littering the streets. In a bid to achieve supremacy, they decide to eliminate the other. Malik stays in Hong Kong with his close associates (Manisha Koirala, Ganesh Yadav, Rajpal Yadav), while Chandu shifts to Nairobi.

The three male protagonists are a treat to watch. Mohanlal is excellent as the tough cop. His South Indian accent fits well with his role. Ajay Devgan enacts his role to perfection. A controlled performance, the actor enacts this complex character with admirable ease. Vivek Oberoi surprises you with a great performance.

Seema Biswas is outstanding as Vivek's mother. Manisha Koirala, Antara Mali, Akash Khurana, Bharat Dabholkar, Rajpal Yadav, Ganesh Yadav and Vijay Raaz support well.

Directorially, Varma takes you to a world that is much-discussed and has become a part of our everyday life. One identifies instantly with the goings-on. Picking up incidents from newspaper and television news headlines, the narrative gives the viewer a microscopic view of how the mafia functions.

On the whole, COMPANY is amongst Ramgopal Varma's finest works. A stylishly narrated tale, the film is definitely going to make a big impact to the box-office for its hard-hitting content. Don't miss this.

Subhash K. Jha