A GENTLEMAN IS A FILM THAT WILL MAKE YOU DISS ANYONE WHO IS REMOTELY ‘GENTLEMANLY’
How I wish the headline would’ve sufficed for the review, but since I sat through the film, I needed to vent out the feelings I’ve been holding in for more than two hours. After reading this review, which I promise will be more entertaining than the film, you will realise that A Gentleman: Susheel, Sundar, Risky is not a movie worth your time, money or your existence; not even if you have absolutely nothing to do. Staring at the ceiling fan will be more worthwhile than watching the film.
The drill of reviewing a film usually begins with a detailed discussion of the characters and the plot. In this case both didn’t exist. So that’s that. I am guessing the makers of the film were going through, what we call, a creative block because they clearly went with Bollywood’s ongoing belief that glossing up the locales and the actors makes for worthwhile cinema.
If it was not for the decent cinematography, feasible comic timing of the supporting cast, the good looking lead actors and bearable action sequences, I would have probably walked out of the theatre. Not that having all of this made the film any less frustrating.
Siddharth Malhotra looks every bit desirable as Gaurav, but he didn’t need to act here. But when it comes to his role as Rishi, the transition from one character to another looks everything but smooth. Of course, regardless of what character he was playing, Siddharth did make me gasp for breath in the scenes where he went shirtless, but that’s just about it. Jacqueline Fernadez as Kavya looked beautiful but she has looked better. And despite the fact that she’s getting a hang of acting, she still has a long way to go.
If you’re still waiting for me to write something about the plot of the film, I got nothing! Rishi and Gaurav are simply two sides of the same coin. Rishi, a trained killer, dreams of a normal life that Gaurav almost has—a mansion in Miami, a stable job, and a normal lifestyle. The two other, and perhaps most important, wishes are of a “biwi” and “bacche”. And that’s what the film is ALL about—the male protagonist’s quest for an ideal life. Even Suniel Shetty aka Colonel fails to live up to our expectations. Colonel and his team are what’s standing between Rishi and the fairy tale-like life he wishes for himself. What follows next is a series of action sequences, comic instances, and a love story.
Raj and DK’s confusion in terms of deciding the genre of the film reflects throughout. In the first half itself, I began yawning and wanting to escape the theatre but my job had me stuck to the seat for another not-so-good hour. The second half literally came as a breath of fresh air because there was something happening in the film besides the random action and conspiracy. It is the second half of the film that brings to you the much talked about chemistry between the leads. The songs are the saving grace and so is the pole dancing sequence by Jacqueline. Of course, the supporting cast of the film needs to be applauded for theirs was the only part in the film which can be called incredible. Darshan Kumar seems to have taken over exactly from where he left in NH10. Hussain Dalal aka Dixit is Gaurav’s best friend and he makes you laugh out loud while Amit Mistry is a hilarious Gujarati Don based in Miami.
The film could have qualified as a one-time watch, but it failed and quite miserably so. In case you’re looking for 32minutes of entertainment in a 132minute long film, you could totally take the risk of watching the not so Susheel and slightly Sundar (thanks to Miami) film.