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Crook

Release Date : 08 October 2010
Year : 2010
Banner : Vishesh Films
Producer : Mukesh Bhatt
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Genre : Action | Thriller | Social
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Crook SYNOPSIS

Jai has a knack of getting into trouble. His Father was a gangster who wanted to reform. On assurance from his friend Inspector Joseph, Jai's father agreed to rat on his evil bosses. Inspector Joseph guaranteed him that he would find Jai's father and Jai a safe passage into the world of good once his bosses have been exposed. But the unexpected happened. Jai witnessed the fatal double cross on his father, despite his confession, by a senior police officer. Joseph's valiant effort to save him went in vain. This traumatic incident left a lasting impression on Jai's mind that there was no point in being good and that 'It's Good to be Bad.' Joseph adopted Jai out of guilt and tried to instill his Christian values of finding a God within but the memories from the past had already cast themselves deep in Jai's mind. Despite repeated attempts to reform him, Joseph failed to ignite the light of good within Jai's soul. And when matters went almost completely out of hand with Jai's checkered criminal life, Joseph arranged an alternate identity for him as Suraj Bhardwaj and sent him away to Australia – a land far away from his past. Jai had promised Joseph in Australia he would stay clear of any trouble. It was a golden chance to feel the grass on the other side of the fence. Almost immediately after landing, Jai met Suhani, an Indian Australian with an unadulterated honest vision of 'one world'. Although she hailed from a conservative traditional Punjabi family that took pride in being Indian, Suhani secretly fostered a much liberal outlook towards life. Her elder brother Samarth was just the opposite. Samarth was convinced that Australians had a one-point agenda to bring Indians down. Jai found his home with the bumbling punju boys GoldE and gang. They were happy go lucky 'sardar' boys who knew that the ticket to heaven was through attaining a permanent residency in Australia. GoldE almost echoed Joseph's voice when he warned Jai to stay out of trouble and concentrate on his work – he arranged for Jai to get a job as a taxi driver in Samarth's garage. Suhani was intrigued by Jai's manner. He was flirting but with a flair. He was lying but in style and he was conniving but with a pure heart. She could spot in the first instant that she met Jai that beyond his prankster lying front, Jai had a deeper side to himself that he refused to acknowledge. Jai knew that if he could make Suhani fall in love with him he could eventually attain permanent residency by marrying her but her brother was too much of an obstacle. So while Jai was busy scheming for Suhani's love he was also flirting with Nicole, the stripper from a nearby strip club. But his problems with Nicole were almost similar to Suhani's as Nicole's brother, Russel, was a rowdy skinhead from the block. Trouble followed Jai where he tried to run away from it as he witnessed the cold-blooded racial assault on Samarth. Going to the police would mean an investigation on Jai's credentials and walking away would mean losing Suhani. Jai had fled from India to find a new hassle free life and now found himself in the heart of a racially disturbed city. Jai's plight grew as the racial attacks spread across the city. The only way to deal with the issue at hand was to take the bull by its horns. He found himself at a crossroad of good and bad. But ironically the line dividing good and bad was running straight through his heart. It was a time when Jai had to figure whether it's Good to be bad or it is Good to be Good.

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Crook: Colour Me Good!

By MovieTalkies.com, 08 October 2010 2.5 / 5

Mohit Suri's latest film has a very interesting and topical premise as it talks about racism in Australia, an issue which has been making news for a while. The film, which has been presented and produced by the Bhatt brothers, Mukesh and Mahesh, is a valiant attempt to present the issue. But the problem with 'Crook' is that too much time is wasted in coming to the point. It is somewhere in the second half that the protagonist comes head on with the issue of racism. Suri spends way too much screen time on building up the story, the romance angle, etc. before locking horns with the main subject. So yes, that takes away a lot of the power and impact of the movie. It turns out to be quite a watered down presentation of the issue. But where Suri scores is the manner in which he manages to come up with a solution, which is unadulterated by any kind of prejudice. In this entire battle between Indian students and Australians, he manages to inject an element of sanity by calling for introspection from both warring sides. Quite Gandhian, that. The film stars Emraan Hashmi, who seems to have made a career out of playing the bad guy. He is the protagonist who finally turns a new leaf and plays the peacemaker. But, to start, at the beginning. The film is about Jai (Emraan), the quintessential enfant terrible, who is the son of a former gangster, who was gunned down by the cops. His father's friend Joseph (Gulshan Grover) takes an interest in him and sends him to Australia to make a new beginning in a new land. In Australia, Jai meets Suhani (Neha Sharma), an Indian Australian and her brother Samarth (Arjan Bajwa), who is the leader of the Indian students. Meanwhile, Jai find work as a cabbie and keeps his distance from the racist attacks on Indian students. Suhani falls in love with Jai, who knows that that he can get a permenant visa if he ever decides to marry Suhani. Jai flirts with her and also has a thing going with a stripper called Nicole. The first half plays out the romance while in the second half, Jai plays the real hero by stepping into the middle of the conflict and trying to make both sides see sense. The problem with the first half of the movie is that the romance angle doesn't come out very well. It lacks any kind of emotion and one is never able to really relate to it. Also one is constantly aware that romance is not the core issue of the movie. It's only in the latter half of the movie that suddenly the screenplay shifts to the real matter at hand. Hence, somewhere along the way, the issue gets totally diluted and the entire purpose of the movie seems to be lost. However, the movie manages to redeem itself at the end with Jai calling for both sides to introspect and reconcile. The film thankfully does not take a moralistic or jingoistic approach, instead coming out with a very mature stand which is quite laudable. In the final analysis, 'Crook' seems to be quite a half baked attempt by Suri to capture the eyeballs with a movie on a hot and happening issue. One is left quite disappointed with the movie's treatment and screenplay. Even Pritam's music is not able to help matters as the score is quite unusually mediocre for a Bhatt camp product. Coming to the actors, Emraan finds himself slipping into familiar shoes as he once again essays the role of a bad man who turns good. He has played this slightly edgy character in most of his movies, like 'Jannat' and 'Murder', for instance. So there is no new territory that he is exploring as an actor. But, having said that, one has to admit that the actor does a creditable job and is quite convincing in his portrayal of Jai. He is well supported by Neha Sharma, who has a good screen presence and turns in a confident performance. Gulshan Grover has too small a role to make much of an impact in the overall film. Bajwa, who was quite impressive in 'Fashion', is competent as the hotheaded leader of the Indian students, while Mashoor Amrohi proves to be quite a scene stealer. The Aussie actors all play their parts well. 'Crook' manages to make its point in the second half and picks up quite admirably from there onwards. While it is not the most strongest and impactful of films, it should manage to make its presence felt solely for the issue that it raises and addresses.

Crook: Purely Pritam!

By MovieTalkies.com, 16 September 2010 3 / 5

Vishesh Films' 'Crook' sees Mohit Suri and the Bhatt Brothers, Mahesh and Mukesh, get together once again for a movie with their favourite actor, Emraan Hashmi. The film's music album has seven tracks of which five are original. The movie's music has been composed by Pritam while the lyrics have been penned by Kumaar. Obviously, the combo of Vishesh Films and Pritam is very promising one and one expects a decent musical treat. The album begins with 'challa' which has been sung by Babbu Mann and Suzanne D'mello. It is certainly not the most promising of starts. The number is a typical Punjabi folk number which finds its way into most albums these days. However, to give Pritam his due, 'challa' has a pretty catchy beat and tune, but nothing really out of the ordinary as one has heard better from Pritam. This number has a remix version as well which manages to keep the flavor of the original alive. Babbu does a good job with this number though. The second song on the album is 'mere bina' which has been sung first by newcomer Nikhil D'Souza and later there is an unplugged version of the song which has been sung by KK. This is more like what one expects from Pritam. Both singers do a fantastic job with this soft rock, romantic number, giving a full throated rendition with sufficient feeling, which is bound to hook the listeners. Of course, KK has a slight edge over Nikhil because of the passion with which he manages to render the number. KK manages to raise the bar with his unplugged version and makes it an extremely memorable experience. The third number on the album is 'kya' which has been sung by a Pritam favourite, Neeraj Shridhar. A fun, youthful number, it has been well sung by Neeraj. But again, one has heard better from Pritam and Neeraj. This is not the kind of number which one will remember once it is over. The fourth track of Crook is 'tujhi mein' which has been sung by KK and occurs twice in the album. A romantic song, this is just the kind of number which suits KK's voice. It allows him to flex his vocal chords to their maximum and it's a treat hearing him in full flow. The second version of the number is equally charged with the KK magic, but is slightly somber in tone and therefore lacks the appeal of the first. KK, of course is in full form with three songs in this album. The fifth and final track on this album is 'tujhko jo paaya' which has been sung by Mohit Chauhan. This is perhaps the most promising number on this album. This song marks a departure from everything else that went before. This is the usual kind of number which Mohit has been wont to sing in most films, characterised by the strumming of a lone guitar with total emphasis on the vocals, Gifted as he is with superb vocals, Mohit's style of singing and the extra that he brings into every number, is enough to make even the ordinary sound special. And that is exactly what he does with this romantic number, as well. This is a number which is certain to catch on in a big way. The musical album of 'Crook' delivers on its promise of providing good music. While the it may not have begun in the expected manner, the Pritam and Vishesh Films combo seems to get into full gear with numbers like 'tujhko jo paaya, mere bina', and tujhi mein.' These three numbers are definitely the highlights of the musical album of 'Crook'. Of the singers, it is KK and Mohit who walk off with the honours.
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