29 April 2013 | jmathur_swayamprabha
An action studded murder mystery
2001 or Do Hazaar Ek (two thousand and one) starts with the murder of a callgirl - Julie (Upasna Singh) and this murder is followed by many other murders which are of advocates (Navneet Nishaan and Sarat Saxena), businessmen (Gulshan Grover and Suresh Oberoi) and a minister (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) also. A unique number - 2001 is found as written near every dead body. The cops investigating these crimes include Commissioner of Police - Malik (Mohan Joshi), inspector Sunil (Jackie Shroff) and inspector Rajat (Rajat Bedi). Sunil is mature whereas Rajat is capricious but they have to adjust with the polar different natures and approaches of each other because their boss has instructed them to work together on this case. Rajat falls in love with a petty criminal girl - Billu (Tabu) amidst carrying out his assignment. Sunil is happily married to Roshni (Dimple Kapadia). Gradually Sunil and Rajat get adjusted to each other and work in harmony to unearth the mystery behind these murders as well as the number - 2001 which the killer has written near the corpse of every victim.
This movie has been directed by Raj N. Sippy who had once presented quality movies like Inkaar (1977), Satte Pe Satta (1982) and Satyamev Jayate (1987). However this movie highlighted that his time was over. He could have presented a gripping murder mystery but he faltered big time. Instead of concentrating on the mystery, he devoted his resources (the most important resource being the duration of the movie) to the masala meant for the regular movie buffs viz. sex, comedy, romance, songs and action. In fact, more than the director, the action director seems to have worked hard because the action-sequences are too many and quite prolonged. Plus we have the rom-com involving the debutant hero (Rajat Bedi) and the seasoned heroine (Tabu) which also has got ample footage. The mystery behind the (several) murders have been neglected amidst all these whereas it only should have got prominence because of being the part and parcel of the basic story.
Still, the movie is not a complete disappointment for the typical Bollywood movie viewers who enjoy action, romance, comedy and songs. If you take interest in the mystery aspect, you will get bored because the flow of the mystery based narrative is blocked quite frequently (every now and then) by songs, comic scenes, romantic scenes and action-sequences. However if you enjoy all the time tested formulae used by the Bollywood filmmakers, then you may like the stuff coming on the screen. Putting it frank and straight, the screenplay could have been written in a much better way and could have been presented on the screen in a much better way as well. The movie is not a disaster all the same.
Performances are all okay. Jackie Shroff and Dimple Kapadia have done satisfactorily. Tabu has, seemingly for a change, done a different type of role but she amuses the audience by her interactions with her hero - Rajat Bedi as well as her maternal uncle (Deven Varma). The baddies as well as the supporting case have done whatever might have been told to do by the director. But the actor who truly stands out is Rajat Bedi. Mainly this movie runs on his stout shoulders only. Other than the breathtaking action scenes, he has performed very well in romantic, comic and sentimental scenes too. Unfortunately he had to debut through this flawed movie, else he could have carved a niche for himself in Bollywood.
Anand Raj Anand's music is forgettable. However, the movie boasts of technical excellence. The art director and the cinematographer have performed their parts proficiently. Editing is also OK. I have already admired the action director who has infused life into this actions studded movie. It's the action and thrill part of the movie which has made its viewing on the big screen as very delightful for the action lovers.
I recommend this murder mystery which is more an action-thriller to the audience of action movies and suspense-thriller as a one time watch. The audience of romance and comedy also can give it a dekko because actually this is a mix-masala. The only word of caution is that it should not watched with a high degree of expectation, else you will feel letdown.
My rating - 2.5 stars.