Thursday, 6 March 2014

LAKEER KA FAKEER, is a small budget movie which released in June 2013 but sadly i could not watch it as the movie did not garner Pan India release. I just saw it on DVD, a few days back and could not stop myself from penning down the review of this flick. The theme of this movie revolves around underworld albeit through the eyes of three friends who get caught in nefarious nexus only because of the area and surroundings where they reside. It stands out from the normal Bollywood gangster movies, being a rather dark and gritty look at how the crime erupts in Underworld of Mumbai. This is a film that brings very distinct points to its subject matter in comparison to previous films dealing with similar themes. The film is not about underworld , its about a guy who finds himself trapped in the crossroads of mafia as well as cops once he decides to become an informer. Its about the pluses and minuses of being involved in such a terrible world. The best part of the movie is its authenticity along with its treatment as after a certain period of time, everything on the screen seems so natural that you dont feel like as if you are watching a movie. And, for this full marks go to its director i.e. Zubair Khan who has made sure that everything right from locations, characters, dialect is so picture perfect as if its happening in real.  

SCRIPT & SCREENPLAY                :          The story as well as screenplay for this flick has been jointly penned down by the duo of Salim Sheikh along with Zubair Khan who have written a subtle script and concentrated more on sketching the characters especially the three main protagonists of the movie. You wont find those typical bolly heroes or anti-heroes in this flick. The characters are all simple having dreams of making it big one fine day but the biggest hurdle that stands in between is their address where they reside which is known for nefarious activities. The story of each character is presented through the eyes of Fakeer ( Azaz Khan ) in a unique way. The film clearly shows that anyone who enters this world will end up living under constant threat for his life and eventually find himself killed in the most dire of circumstances.The success, the friendship, the love the film's hero finds, all of it is lost in one unfortunate chain of tragic incident. The movie also touches the issue of exploitation of small time crooks who are lured by so called big fishes right from Cops to politicos to Smugglers. Kudos to the writers as although, the movie revolves around three characters only but still it manages to hold your interst throughout.

STARCAST                                                      :               Performances wise, this movie is a treat as most of the artistes are at their natural best and it doesn't seem as if they are acting. I have seen Azaz Khan ( Fakeer ) doing some negative roles in other flicks but here he looks to be totally a different actor. He has given a superlative performance as right from his expressions, body language to dialogue delivery, he seems to be in best of his elements. Javed Hyder (Chotu Mobile), whom we have seen doing small roles & in fact he has featured as Junior Chunky Pandey in movies of late nineties surprises you big time in this movie. Apart from his intense acting, he scores heavily in some comic scenes too. But, the surprise package is Vicky Ahuja who has played the character of Suleiman. He is an actor who i feel has not been utilized and has got real potential in him. Aksshey Verma, who has essayed the character of a cop looks every inch like a typical shrewd cop. Maarisha, too deserves a special mention as she has really impressed in her brief appearance.   Here again, the credit goes to Zubair Khan for extracting the best from his artistes who at least i could never imagine had the potential to carry a movie on their shoulders.     

TECHNICAL FINESSE                                    :                           The music for this flick has been composed by Dilshad which is on an very average scale. The cinematographer of the movie is Sanket Shah who has done a commendable job and has captured unfussy, grounded images with the right amount of light required for each frame as per the screenplay. The editing department has been handled once again by duo of Salim Sheikh & Zubair Khan who have done exceedingly well but i feel they could have restrained on blood gory violence and excessive usage of cuss words. Now, coming to the captain of the ship i.e. director Zubair Khan, he has done an excellent job keeping in mind the resources that were available with him. His hold on the subject and especially on the area where he has shot the movie seems to be tremendously good as he has shot the movie exceedingly well. We have seen ample number of movies made by various makers on underworld but his take is very different as the tale of underworld is intertwined through the incidents happening in lives of three friends. Zubair Khan has tried to keep proceedings as authentic as possible and has been successful in it to a big extent.

WOW MOMENTS                                             :    The scene where a techie Geek, approaches Chotu Mobile to buy an Apple handset and the conversation that they have will make you go roaring with laughter and is one of the most hilarious scenes. Also, the scene where Maarisha tells Azaz about her exploitations during her previous jobs has been shot well and is quite intense.

CONCLUSION                                                        :     It is a real hard hitting movie which covers various sides of human emotions especially of three friends who are victimised and fall prey to negative situations only because of their adventurous attitude & the area they reside in. Although, made on a modest budget with no star value, the movie still manages to catch hold of your eyeballs throughout its runtime.

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