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Dishkiyaoon review: Harman Baweja leaves as little impact as he has before

Seeking a comeback, Harman Baweja is given a stubble and an unsympathetic father and a misunderstood childhood. Despite all of this, he leaves as little impact as he has before.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta |
March 28, 2014 4:04:59 pm
Two and half hours later (the running time of the film), I’m equally clueless about many things, but mostly this: just why was it made? Movie Review Dishkiyaoon: Two and half hours later (the running time of the film), I’m equally clueless about many things, but mostly this: just why was it made?

Movie Review Dishkiyaoon 

Star Cast: Sunny Deol, Harman Baweja, Anand Tiwari, Prashant Narayanan, Ayesha Khanna, Aditya Pancholi;

Director: Sanamjit Singh Talwar

When a film is called ‘Dishkiyaoon’, you know that the people involved with it were clueless about what to name it. Two and half hours later (the running time of the film), I’m equally clueless about many things, but mostly this: just why was it made?

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It has no discernible story that I could see. Just a bunch of people trying their hand at ‘gangstergiri’, whipping out guns, and spouting ‘tapori’ dialogue. And spraying bullets, but not one of them with a ‘dishkiyaoon’ sound attached to it, which was the least they could do if they really wanted to match the title.

Viki Kartoos (Harman Baweja) wants to become Gangster Number One. To this end, he takes tips from his guru Tony (Prashant Narayanan: when will this actor get the roles he deserves?), and gets into a face-off with a rival goon, and his cohorts. Meanwhile, he has a little romance going with a singer (Ayesha Khanna), to whom he introduces himself thus : “ I am a gangster”. The girl, instead of being sensible and turning her back on him, turns her cheek to him.

Seeking a comeback, Harman Baweja is given a stubble and an unsympathetic father and a misunderstood childhood. Despite all of this, he leaves as little impact as he has before. Sunny Deol plays a Haryanvi ‘dada’, but doesn’t get to display his `dhai kilo ka haath’, sadly. He has a game hand, and is called ‘Lakwa’ just in case we didn’t get it.

This is the kind of film where everyone refers to themselves in the third person (“Gujjar ne kaha kaali diary mein likh dey” : Gujjar being a bad guy and ‘kaali diary’ a black notepad, got it?), and wanders about biding time till the next meaningless shoot-out and killing.

Who writes this kind of tripe? Someone please shoot me in the head.

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