17 May 2013 | andre_rox99
A Real Fun Time but Lacks The Punch!
AURANGZEB is a action/thriller film directed by Atul Sabharwal, starring Arjun Kapoor (in a double role), Sasha Aagha, Jackie Shroff, Rishi Kapoor & Prithviraj.
The film revolves around two families; a family of policemen and one of policemen. Yashwardan (Jacki Shroff) is the king of real estate empire and holds illegal rackets along with his son, Ajay (Arjun Kapoor). The police are trying to arrest them, however, whenever they do something illegal, they leave no evidence. Soon, they find out that Ajay has a twin brother, Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) and Inspector Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) and ACP Arya Phogat (Prithviraj) decide to take out Ajay and replace him with Vishal, so that Yashwardan doesn't suspect anything. Meanwhile, they torture Ajay into telling them all the secret's of his father's empire.
By the time the trailer of Aurangzeb came out, it was all Bollywood was talking about. Everyone expected a lot from it, including me. The star cast was real grand with class actors, including Arjun Kapoor who had proved to us that he had what it takes to be one of the big stars. I advance booked my tickets for Aurangzeb and went inside the cinema with great expectations. Little did I know that I was entering a movie full of twists and turns. The movie started off real well explaining everything in detail. It took about 3 scenes to get onto the real plot. It just showed the background of the characters which I feel is a real good introduction to the public. As the movie progressed, the plot and everything was all good, but the film was lacking that certain 'something' that a crime/thriller film needed. It had me engrossed but I kept feeling that something was missing. The intermission left me with something to think which is what every Hindi movie does.
The second half started and I'm going to be extremely honest with you, but it was just really really confusing. It comes to a point where you don't know what's going on. It's like you are just watching the movie trying to understand what's happening; which you eventually will if you are paying good attention. The climax was quite good and the way the film signed off was good as well.
One more point about Aurangzeb is that its not all action and thrills. Normally films like that would be real dark, but the director manages to add some comedy at places here and there through Arjun Kapoor's characters.
Honestly, I felt Atul Sabharwal did quite a good job directing the film but his script wasn't quite perfect. There was no need for so many twists that the audience can't even make count of. And it felt as if he was trying to fit in so many things into just one movie.
The acting in this film is finesse with great actors in this one. Prithviraj acted extremely well as a police officer, compared to his role in AIYYAA. Rishi Kapoor had a different role which was good to see after his role as the menacing Rauf Lala in AGNEEPATH. Jackie Shroff's acting was also real great as a negative character. Sasha Aagha was extremely unneeded, and you can even tell when an actress is added just for the looks and really can't act.
And now after talking about ALL that, I'm going to jump onto talking about the next best thing about this film and that is ARJUN KAPOOR. Yes. This actor is the next big thing, and from his debut in ISHAQZAADE, I'm sure everyone knew that he would emerge as Bollywood's biggest and he has proved that again in Aurangzeb. His role was similar to that in Ishaqzaade, however I feel he can only do roles similar to that. But if he just works a little bit more I'm sure he will be able to do any role. His second role as Vishal didn't quite suit him, but I'm sure that if he works a bit more on it, he will be able to convince all of us that he can do another honest role like Vishal. His acting was just fantastic and according to me, even though there were so many other great stars in the film, he just outshone them all with his double role.
Apart from that this film does have a bit of flaws. It doesn't have as much action as expected and only focuses on the drama part of it. And lastly, it is lacking that punch which we expected. It has all the elements of an action/thriller film, expect for that certain thing that just prevented me from enjoying it completely. And because of that, Aurangzeb is quite forgettable, after say, 1 day. Arjun Kapoor's acting does stay with you, but the trailer is more memorable than the movie.
Overall, I would rate Aurangzeb a 6.5/10, because of the plot and the acting that played a great impact on the film. It was a fun time, but it lacked the punch and didn't live up to the hype it created.