Koyelaanchal Movie Review: Different And Unconventional
In two of the most definite scenes of the film, you end up getting what was expected out of Koyelaanchal. First, when an IB official taunts his colleagues about their helplessness, followed by a plan hatched to use insult as a weapon to demolish the villain. Second, when a Collector breaks into an outburst, when a colleague occupies his office and informs him about yet another transfer.
With Suniel Shetty present in both the scenes, you do end up acknowledging the fact that filmmaker Ashuu Trikha's heart was in the right place when he came up with the core context of the film. Of course, there are some deviations for sure, the ones which basically involve a kid (which could well have been cut short). Moreover, the entire angle of an out and out black henchman turning into a shade of somewhat grey, if not entirely white, takes one a little away from what Koyelaanchal had initially promised. Still, what you like is the fact that this is indeed a different film with an unconventional narrative to boast of.
The film has three principle characters. There is a mafia don (Vinod Khanna), his son-like figure (Vipinno) and an honest officer (Suniel Shetty) who takes them on. The setting reminds one of the Gangs of Wasseypur while the treatment has shades of Ashuu's own Baabarr. There is certain texture to the film which sets it apart from the routine outings of Bollywood, while the whole context is set well, albeit in a little more time than one would have expected, in bringing the characters on the floor.
In the middle of this all there is this entire series of sequences involving a revolution-in-the-making, which could well have made a point in much quicker time. However, all of this is interspersed with bullets, fire, killings and a strictly avoidable item number. There is a sub-plot featuring a prostitute (Roopali) as well, which has a bigger presence in the second half. The first one hour though goes into reaching a stage from where the story gets an opportunity to further develop. With battle lines drawn between Vinod Khanna and Suniel Shetty, things get personal and one expects mind games to rule the roost.
However, around 35-40 minutes of the second half are entirely devoted to Vipinno and his gradual change of heart. Frankly, one really misses Vinod Khanna and Suniel Shetty in action as the constant crying of the toddler starts getting monotonous after a while.
(Spoilers ahead) Things turn much better though from the point when Vinod Khanna is arrested. There is no stopping the film from here as one good sequence after another follows, which keep you hooked to the proceedings. Best of the lot is when a fellow colleague comes to Suniel's office and takes charge. Featuring Ashuu Trikha himself, it is well narrated scene that concludes on a highly dramatic route. The climax is just apt too while giving more than just a glimpse of poetic justice in the offering. The final shot featuring the kid is heart rendering as it aims to diminish the line between good and evil.
It is wonderful to see Vinod Khanna in a solid role after a hiatus and the man is just flawless. He gets it perfectly right with his body language, mannerisms, facial expressions and dialogue delivery; one just hopes to see him more often. Suniel Shetty is quite good right through the film and comes up with a balanced act between playing natural and being heroic. Vipinno is required to just react silently in most of the scenes, instead of mouthing too many dialogues and while he is okay to begin with, he does leave an impact towards the film's culmination. Rupali and Purva Parag (as Suniel Shetty's wife) are okay.
As a filmmaker, Ashuu does well in picking and choosing an altogether different subject which stays away from being routine. Though the film could have been crisper with sub-plots kept under control and the confrontation between the key characters being more emphasized upon, the fact that 'Koyelaanchal' carries with itself a different texture and mood makes it different offering indeed from Bollywood.
Release Date : 09 May 2014
Banner : A.M.A. Entertainment
Producer : Asshu Trikha
Director : Asshu Trikha