Cast : Sidharth Malhotra, Rashmika Mandanna
Director : Shantanu Bagchi
Ratings : ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Review : The tale of an Indian spied in Pakistan is told in MISSION MAJNU. India successfully carried out nuclear tests in 1974, frightening the entire globe. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the prime minister of Pakistan (Rajit Kapur), is upset. Pakistan chooses to invite Abdul Qadeer Khan (Mir Sarwar), a nuclear scientist based in the Netherlands, on the suggestion of ISI Chief Maqsood Alam (Shishir Sharma). A Q Khan has been tasked with developing an atomic weapon, and Pakistan intends to obtain the components from the illicit market. Pakistan is up to some mischief, according to RAW’s director R N Kao (Parmeet Sethi).
He alerts his secret agent in Rawalpindi, Amandeep Singh aka Tariq (Sidharth Malhotra), with the agreement of the Prime Minister of India (Avantika Akerkar), to learn additional information and the location of the atomic bomb facility. Tariq is a tailor by trade and has succeeded in projecting the appearance of a jovial simpleton. Therefore, his status as a spy is beyond any reasonable doubt. He marries blind girl Nasreen (Rashmika Mandanna) after falling in love with her. Tariq works in Nasreen’s uncle Momin’s (Manoj Bakshi) tailor shop, where they frequently receive orders to sew clothing for the Pakistani army.
Tariq takes advantage of the chance to speak with the Pakistani brigadier and learn more about the device and the scientist behind it. His task is difficult since he must take great care to prevent the Pakistani army or intelligence from learning the truth about him. He also has a horrible past. His father was discovered supplying Pakistan critical defence intelligence regarding India. No opportunity is missed by Tariq’s handler Sharma (Zakir Hussain) in Delhi in reminding him that he is the son of a traitor. Furthermore, no one anticipates Tariq to find love and get married. They are both expecting a kid, but he is madly in love with Nasreen. The remained of the movie is based on what occurs next.
Particularly in light of the fact that this is Shantanu Bagchi’s debut feature, his direction merits commendation. He holds the audience’s interest and does a great job of building tension in some passages. Despite having little opportunity for action, the filmmaker makes sure that the film is packed with drama and excitement. The best aspect of the movie is how Tariq strives to learn about the atomic bomb. Additionally, the humour is well-integrated and doesn’t seem out of place. On the other hand, the entire Israel issue is not adequately explained. It’s possible that viewers won’t be able to understand why the planned airstrikes were necessary. One wishes there was more action, but there isn’t much. This is specifically because Sidharth makes a good action hero with his appearance and physique. Finally, some advances are challenging to understand.
The story by Parveez Shaikh and Aseem Arrora is fantastic and contains all the elements needed for a patriotic, mass-market movie. The screenplay by Sumit Batheja, Parveez Shaikh, and Aseem Arrora is quite compelling. Recent movies in this genre include D-DAY (2013, 2018), RAAZI (2018, 2018), PARMANU (2018, 2018), and ROMEO AKBAR WALTER (2019). But because of how the script is written, none of these movies come to mind immediately. Additionally, the authors have injected some suspenseful scenes into the story to maintain reader attention. The conversational nature of Sumit Batheja’s dialogues makes certain of them particularly notable and applaud-worthy.
The creators of MISSION MAJNU have done a good job at setting the scene at the outset. It’s cute to hear Tariq and Zulfiqar’s romantic song. Once Tariq’s mission starts, the movie really gets going. Memorable scenes in the first half include the one where he deftly coaxes information from the Brigadier and A Q Khan’s neighbour. Tariq’s father-in-death law’s scene is skillfully edited. The fun continues in the second part when Tariq makes it to Kahuta and scales incredible heights to demonstrate that Pakistan is in fact developing an atomic bomb. The action-packed train sequence particularly sticks out. The scene where Sharma apologises to Tariq is another unforgettable one. The conclusion is heartfelt and suspenseful.
After SHERSHAAH, Sidharth Malhotra gives yet another outstanding performance. The parts in which he fools the Pakistanis by acting like an innocent man are worth seeing. In the act, the actor presents a very credible image. Rashmika Mandanna exudes a strong presence on screen. She performs exceptionally well, despite having a small amount of screen time. As predicted, Sharib Hashmi (Aslam Usmaniya) is dependable and makes people laugh. In the first half, Kumud Mishra (Maulavi) doesn’t have much to do, and in the second half, he intensifies the chaos. Zakir Hussain is a competent speaker. Avijit Dutt (Morarji Desai) and Avantika Akerkar leave their mark. Despite having little parts, Shishir Sharma, Mir Sarwar, Rajit Kapur, Parmeet Sethi, and Manoj Bakshi all give excellent performances.
The cinematography of Bijitesh De is suitable. The production design by Rita Ghosh evokes a former period. The clothes worn by Divvya Gambhir and Niddhi Gambhir are absurd. Even if none of the characters are dressed to the nines, the protagonists in particular look pretty believable. The VFX at 88 Pictures is adequate. The film’s editing by Nitin Baid and Siddharth S. Pande is flawless since it is neither too quick nor too slow.
The tight script, cleverly crafted moments, taut execution, and standout performances by Sidharth Malhotra and the rest of the cast make MISSION MAJNU an overall captivating tale.
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