Sameer movie review: This Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub film is predictable

Sameer movie review: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, whom we’ve seen earlier this year in Tubelight, makes a meal of his young college student forced into a difficult situation not of his making.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2017 12:22:38 pm
Sameer movie review, Sameer review, Sameer movie, Sameer, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sameer cast, Sameer rating, Sameer film Sameer movie review: This Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Anjali Patil starrer is a worthy attempt, but the raw edges show.

Sameer movie cast: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Anjali Patil, Subrata Datta, Chinmay Mandlekar, Seema Biswas
Sameer movie director: Dakxin Bajrange
Sameer movie rating: 1.5 stars

A blast in a Hyderabad neighbourhood leads to the rounding up of a suspect. His name is Sameer ( Ayyub), and he says he is not a terrorist.

The first feature of documentary filmmaker Dakxin Bajrange is an idea that has been explored before. We are given, in addition to Sameer, who is presumed guilty unless proven otherwise, a tough ATS cop (Datta), a feisty reporter (Patil), and a town under attack.

There is something in this film. A certain knowledge of the area: most of the film is set in Ahmedabad. The idea that, sometimes, terrorists do not spring from the ether; they are born out of circumstances. And a couple of well fleshed out characters, especially that of Sameer. The talented Ayyub, whom we’ve seen earlier this year in Tubelight, makes a meal of his young college student forced into a difficult situation not of his making. And there’s a young character who is oddly affecting, even when you can see where his arc is headed.

But the rest of it is thin and predictable, barring a thread. Even this, the alert viewer can twig on to well in time. Patil’s reporter is exaggerated; so is the cop, though Datta’s innate abilities are never in question.

Worthy attempt, but the raw edges show.

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