'Aurangzeb' review: It is trying for too much
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Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj, Rishi Kapoor, Sasha Agha, Amrita Singh, Jackie Shroff, Tanve Azmi, Sikander Kher, Deepti Naval, Anupam Kher
Director: Atul Sabharwal
The Indian Express rating **
Somewhere in the too-complicated strands of Aurangzeb is a film struggling to cohere. This is what we have: too many subplots with threads hanging, criss-crossing a main plot that is over baked and undercooked. A nephew (Prithivraj) brought up by his chacha (Rishi) as he has serious problems with his loser father (Kher). Identical twins separated as babies, now grown into very different individuals (Arjun). Long suffering mother (Azmi) buffeted between the two. Filthy rich businessman (Shroff) with corrupt practices. Greedy female associate (Amrita Singh) with sharp claws. Good cops, bad cops. All roiling in Bollywood's new Wild West—the National Capital Region of Gurgaon.
The trouble with Aurangzeb is not that it isn't ambitious. It is, and that's good. Because after a long time there's a film which invites you to work on unraveling the threads. But right from its too-crowded epilogue, where information about the characters comes flying out at you, to its curiously impact-less lead player who sparks to life on occasion, to its long-drawn scenes where sometimes you feel the lines are being said only for effect and not because they have organically grown out of the conversation, Aurangzeb is trying for too much. This makes the film dense and uneven: some parts have power, the others are inert.
These locations in Gurgaon haven't been heavily exposed yet, but this mix of the builder mafia and collusive cops and poor farmers have a familiar ring to it. The view of the ultra-modern Metro cutting across a rapidly growing township which has both the feel of mall-and-multiplex American suburbia and empty stretches of agricultural land gives Aurangzeb its distinctive look. You wish more juice had come out of the sharp contrast, though.
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