Movie Review: Desi Kattey

Cast: Suniel Shetty, Jay Bhanushali, Akhil Kapur, Sasha Agha, Tia Bajpai, Ashutosh Rana

Direction: Anand Kumar

Production: Anand Kumar

Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes

Story: Two gangsters have a chance at a better life as sharp-shooters at the world championship. But will they leave their guns for real glory?

Review: This one rips into the heart of the hinterland once again – with homegrown bullets, gundas and of course, other desi toppings (read: item number!). Simply put, it’s a convoluted tale of two friends looking down from different sides of the same smoking barrel.

Two orphan boys Pali (Akhil) and Gyaani (Jay) grow up making desi guns for a living in a small town in UP, modelling themselves on their deadly idol, crime lord Judge Saab (Rana). The boys turn into underage gundays – ‘toying’ with guns and spewing gaalis. Soon the inseparable hot-guns grow up to be ace shooters who want to get their hands bloodied with a one-way ticket to crime-land.

Meanwhile, ex-army officer Major Suryakant Rathore (Suniel) spots their sharp shooting skills and wants to train them to be national-level champs. But Judge Saab averts their only shot at a better life by offering an entry into his paapi duniya. Will they choose a better life or go back to gangsta rap?

Anand Kumar misses almost every target at making even a fairly watchable film. Damn the cliches, the film shows no semblance of a coherent story or believable characters. It’s plagued with weak dialogues and poor editing. Even the few possible high moments are treated so idly that even with all that gunpower and bloodspray leave you unmoved. The boys try hard to strike an emotional chord with their ‘bromance’, but even that fails to trigger a reaction.

Ashutosh Rana performs well, Suniel Shetty adds weight, Jay displays some good moments (though not enough) and debutant Akhil tries too hard with his long tress-mess gangster look, but doesn’t get the act right. Tia and Sasha play the better halves, but the same can’t be said about their performance.

There’s a scene in the film where Pali shoots with his eyes shut during a world championship. I wonder if the team that created this film did it the same way – with their eyes half-shut.

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