Irada movie review: Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi film is a hazardous watch

Irada review: The Naseeruddin Shah-Arshad Warsi film gives nothing beyond caricatures, leaving aside the real issue.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: February 18, 2017 12:03 pm
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Irada movie cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge
Irada movie director: Aparnaa Singh
Irada movie rating: 0.5 star

There has been very little good news coming out of Punjab, films wise. And Irada is no exception, but rather than drugs, it deals with the cancerous contamination of Punjab’s groundwater and fields.

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That is a film crying to be made, but instead of the characters, Irada gives us caricatures: a strict disciplinarian Armyman father played by Naseeruddin Shah, who has fought in every war from 1971 to Kargil; his young daughter aspiring to be him and falling to cancer; an overzealous RTI activist; his raging journalist girlfriend who deploys drones to do her investigative stories (Sagarika Ghatge); a gum-chewing, cynical NIA officer (Arshad Warsi) with a young son who admires him; the corrupt chief minister who doesn’t hide her capriciousness (Divya Dutta, with the film’s only crackerjack scene); the greedy tycoon who once drowned a kid at Doon School and now bumps off RTI activists for pleasure (Sharad Kelkar); and finally a nobody called Bhagat Singh willing to be a martyr.

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The scam really plunges deeper than one imagines, with the possibility of even labs fudging results. The train that runs between Bathinda and Bikaner, actually called cancer train because of the number of patients it carries looking for treatment in Rajasthan, swarms with agents peddling blood and insurance agents looking for clients. Yes, that too happens.

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But what might ultimately stay with you is that Dutta scene, hinting at what lies at the bottom of her malice. That, and the poetry the film is fond of spouting, often at times when it would do better talking.

Shah does everything, from training his daughter in swimming and running, to writing a book, riding a bike, chomping a cigar and typing purposefully into a typewriter. And yet, does little at all.

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    Soum Ghosh
    May 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    Ohh what a SCAM@ you review guys are actual villain in Internet A movie need to be made based on the "Bias reviews of a product" This is the last time I am using indianexpress or any its alies Good bye And please keep fooling peoples India needs a reviewer like you Shame
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      Rajat
      Feb 17, 2017 at 11:32 am
      These media people are the most corrupt. They give good reviews for a bakwas movie and poor rating for excellent movies because they were not paid bribe
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        Manisha
        Feb 18, 2017 at 9:27 am
        Must watch film. Will not trust this reviewer again. Intelligent public will watch it and appreciate it.
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          Raj
          Feb 18, 2017 at 9:47 am
          Please replace Shalini Langer as a film reviewer. Agree with other comments. Very biased review with her own agenda again Irada makers and actors.
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            Arushi sahu
            Feb 18, 2017 at 5:46 am
            I really don't get it on what basis you gave this movie 1/2 stars only . I found this worth watching...
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              Subhadro
              Feb 27, 2017 at 7:50 am
              One of the most biased reviews in recent times, the film has its heart at the right place hope the critic had the guts to chuck off this film had it been an A-lister in the lead or a big production house involved...
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                Chir+AAg Joshi
                Feb 17, 2017 at 11:37 am
                Kuchh to lihas karo yar
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                  D
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 5:17 am
                  Movie review ke liye bhi paise khate ho??? Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge movie ko half star!!!
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                    Mahendra Kumar
                    Feb 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm
                    The review is dismal. The fact remains that the film IRADA may not be welcomes by cinema goers but it is different from common comedy and ma Bollywood films. I wonder how can one producer take such a subject keeping everything at a stake. The film is with a difference. No wonder if the film receives reward inspite of poor response. What the reviewer has in his/her mind god knows. I liked the film though there has been some flaw and poor editing.
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                      PRANAV
                      Feb 22, 2017 at 2:01 am
                      Irada is a Nice movie give good messages for people who live near industrial zone.keep it up
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                        PRANAV
                        Feb 22, 2017 at 2:03 am
                        Ratings 5 Star
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                          Sanjay Kumar
                          Feb 23, 2017 at 5:39 am
                          Movie based on nice concept which is fact based. It is worth to watch movie to learn and see that we are aware of cause resulting into cancer.lt;br/gt;It is eye opener and alarming for the society.
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                            Anil
                            Mar 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                            Let's stop being pressutes for once and be real press. Excellent movie on eco terrorism. Please do some justice to the oath and stop getting sold!!!
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                              Vicky
                              Feb 18, 2017 at 8:05 am
                              The movie is worth watching, nothing wrong with it , a very well acted and entertaining movie with a message to curb the poisonous industrial pollution . One thing is for sure , this review is biased.
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