Neeraj Pandey, known for crack thrillers, made his debut with the pacy A Wednesdayand followed it with Special 26 and Baby, which is why his latest film Aiyaary was quite looked forward to. But unfortunately, ‘Aiyaary’, despite being blessed with good actors and a big budget, fails to impress on all counts. Read on…
Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) respects and trusts his mentor Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) a lot. But when the young Army officer discovers that the Army’s image is being threatened by corrupt arms dealers and businessmen, Jai gathers evidence of the conspiracy and does a runner instead of informing his mentor about it, who begins believing that Jai has gone rogue and is a traitor.
After a cat-and-mouse game from New Delhi to London, Abhay finally manages to corner Jai and learns the truth behind his actions and what he does after it, forms the rest of the plot.
Bajpayee is at his intense best as Abhay Singh and his smoldering righteousness dominates the screen whenever he is in it. On his part, Sidharth is average at best and is unable to stand up to Bajpayee’s brilliance as an actor. Rakul Preet Singh, who plays Sidharth’s hacker girlfriend, adds nothing to the plot and the rest of the cast comprising talented actors like Rajesh Tailang, Kumud Mishra, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Vikram Gokhale and Adil Hussain are completely wasted.
As for the plot, it is wafer-thin and full of holes. I could see no reason behind Jai’s actions and his decision to run away with the evidence instead of bringing it to the attention of his righteous mentor, who turns over the evidence to the media and exposes everyone in the climax. What had prevented Jai from doing the exact same thing at the beginning of the film, is a mystery. The makers have also fuddled the plot by introducing a situation reminiscent of the Adarsh Housing scam, which has no connection to the plot involving arms dealers, which is what had made Jai decide on going rogue in the first place.
Many of the characters in the film were not needed at all. Rakul and Naseer have absolutely no significance to the main plot at hand and add nothing to the narrative. It is quite evident that the makers have spared no expense in making the film, but in the absence of a strong plot, ‘Aiyaary’ falls flat on its face.
In conclusion, ‘Aiyaary’ will definitely go down in history as Neeraj Pandey’s worst film…