Sonu, Neha excel in actingBy K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: : Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak
Director: Kabeer Kaushik
Bollywood movie releases didn't fare well June 29th, 2012. Of the three movies out, two didn't get proper theaters for screening. The third one is director Kabeer Kaushik's 'Maximum' with an ensemble Bollywood cast of Nasseruddin Shah, Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak and others. 'Maximum' is a flick about two (police) encounter specialists and their killing spree. Inundated with encounters, the movie dwells on the aspect of one-upmanship between specialists creating a 'headcount' for selfish ambitions. The story is okay, but Naseer and Sonu deliver excellent performances with wonderful support from Neha Dhupia in the non-glamorous avatar of an encounter cop's wife. Item song and dance by none other than Hazel Keech in her scantiest clothes might be a bonus for some!
Two encounter specialists - Pratap Pandit played by Sonu Sood and Arun Inamdar played by veteran Naseeruddin Shah - wage a war on contract killers and suspicious criminals. Sonu is young and ambitious and boasts of 150 medals; Naseer is much senior and jealous of Sonu's 'head counts'. Naseer resorts to false encounters. Both enjoy visiting dance bars. Sonu enjoys the company of pretty dancers though he is quite fond of wife Supriya played by Neha Dhupia and their daughter. Enter Vinay Pathak as a Marathi politician from Mumbai and he completes the nexus of politicians with the police and the underworld. A diligent TV news reporter Ashwin is played by Amit Sadh tries to expose the nexus. The movie is set between 2003 and 2008 in Mumbai. Naseer takes revenge on Sonu who is suspended and miserable. Sonu's boss reminds him to think big, i.e. 'Maximum' power. Sonu sees potential with a lot of alcohol in his body.
The movie sort of creates a good blend of the usual Bollywood masala, violence, song and dance, romance and such. The cast shoulders the movie with excellent performance as the plot and story aren't new to Indian audience. Sonu might be see by some to emerge as a new Dabang of Bollywood. His performance is superb as an encounter cop as well as a good husband and father. Nasser is about okay in a villainous role. Vinay Pathak acts well as a wily politician. Neha Dhupia is perfect even in the role of a cop's wife. Amit Sadh fares well as TV channel news reporter. Kabeer Kaushik is a good director, but 'Maximum' falls short of providing total entertainment to the audience. The songs and dances just don't gel with the story. Pretty Hazel Keech fails to really impress as her song is in Tamil. The biggest drawback of the flick is in placing way too much emphasis and focus on counting/ statistics of encounters/ killings.
Overall, not a tardy flick and maybe worth watching for actors' performances!
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