A Gentleman Movie Review: Neither Sundar, Nor Susheel… Totally Boring!
Director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK had impressed the hell out of me with their earlier films 99, Shor In the City and Go Goa Gone, which is why I was quite eager to catch their latest offering A Gentleman, though the trailers seemed to suggest a poor man’s version of a Hollywood action-comedy. But does A Gentleman prove to be as entertaining as their earlier films? Let’s find out... Set in Mumbai and Miami, A Gentleman is about Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra), a nerdy Mr. Nice Guy, who works in the sales team of a company and dreams of being engaged to office hottie Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez), who thinks he is too nice to be exciting.On the other hand, there is Rishi (Sidharth again), a covert operative for a rogue military intelligence outfit run by Colonel (Suniel Shetty), who wants to leave this dirty business behind and lead a normal life, mainly because his job involves a lot of collateral damage in the form of civilians killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, which pricks his conscience. But wait a minute... Are Gaurav and Rishi the same or lookalikes? You need to watch the film to find out...Sidharth, who has given above average performances in films such as Brothers and Kapoor And Sons, lets us down rather badly with his roles here. Though he is somewhat tolerable as ‘good boy’ Gaurav, he fails to pull off the toughie Rishi with the kind of style and élan that the character required. Jacqueline is quite easy on the eyes, but fails to do anything much in the acting department. Suniel Shetty has a powerful screen presence, but seems utterly disinterested in his role while Darshan Kumaar as the second baddie Yakub offers able support. As for the film is concerned, I cannot deny that it has a few interesting moments, especially the scene when the truth behind Gaurav and Rishi is unveiled, but overall, the film sorely lacks the entertainment value of a 99 or a Go Goa Gone. Like mentioned earlier, the film comes across as a poor man’s version of a Hollywood action extravaganza and to top it all, the action scenes are pretty average. In a film like this, if the plot is not gripping enough, having some kick-ass action scenes really help, but over here, even that has not been executed properly.The music is quite average and so are other technical aspects like cinematography or stunts or the special effects. To sum it up, this film is certainly not Nidmoru and Krishna’s best work. If you are a big fan of the director duo, we suggest you stick to Go Goa Gone..