Friday, 28 November 2014

Zed Plus :: Movie Review

Zed Plus is a classic, breezy, rib-tickling & meaningful Political satire that has come like a whiff of fresh air amidst the superficial potboilers that we are being subjected to watch these days and is a must watch for all real Cine-Maa lovers. Director, Chandraprakash Dwivedi has given Indian audience a masterpiece Political Satire which deals with the issues of a common man with a good dash of humor and entertainment which deals with the previously untouched intricacies and issues associated with the Z security provided by the Indian Government. The best part about the movie is that since the concept of the movie is totally fresh, it engages you into the proceedings right from the first frame but without thrusting itself upon you & entertains you to the core in the first half. No doubt, the movie dips a little in the second half & needed some editing there but still it is worth a watch for its simplicity & unique story telling. It is one of those rare movies which is able to convey the message that it wants to in a light hear-ted manner & without sounding preachy at all. 
STORY & SCREENPLAY                                            ::           The story of the movie has been penned down by RamKumar Singh where as the credit for the screenplay as well as dialogues has been shared by RamKumar & Dr. Dwivedi. They deserve a big round of applause for not only choosing this novel concept for the story but also garnishing it with exquisite dialogues n screenplay. It is basically a movie about characters, their mannerisms, their everyday banters and how the politicians can go to any extent mould each n every situation to work in their favor. The plot in itself is a very unique one and audience will enjoy every bit of it. Even the treatment by Dr. Dwivedi is commendable as it never goes on to being preachy and lets you take home your own insights. The Kashmir metaphor and the super-witty dialogues are the icing on the cake. “Sarkar Karti Hai, Janta Bharti hai”, “ Paisa Aur Power ka ye daldal chaashni hai, jismein ek baar doob jao toh log bade paer chaat-te hain” “Pichwade mein teer toh yaad aaye Peer” are few of the outstanding dialogues in the movie. The story is set in contemporary India in a small town of Rajasthan. A coalition Government, troubled by corruption and communalism, is on the verge of collapsing due to fights within the coalition partners. In this time of political crisis the Prime Minister gets a call from one of his coalition partners who offers him the “perfect solution”. The solution is that Prime Minister should visit a Dargah popularly known as Peepal Wale Peer Ki Dargah in Fatehpur – a small town of Rajasthan. Prime Minister should offer a “chaddar” and bow his head in respect of the Peer and the Government would be saved.  Having exhausted all options, the Prime Minister decides to pay a visit to Peepal Wale Peer Ki Dargah in Fatehpur. Suddenly a sleeping town wakes up to welcome the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister visits the Peepal Wale Peer Ki Dargah and “Luck by Chance” he meets a puncturewala – Aslam. The highest authority of the country meets the lowest denominator of the society. Some strange conversation follows between a Prime Minister and a puncturewala and entire nation is surprised to learn that a puncturewala has been given Zed security by the Prime Minister! What follows is a unique story of a common man with Zed security.

STARCAST                                                          ::                       Adil Hussain as the Puncturewala who becomes famous overnight has given a commendable performance. He ably emotes & changes his mannerisms whilst he goes through  the transformation of fighting elections from being a common man. Mona Singh is a revelation through this movie as the amount of confidence, she has displayed while playing this character is app laudable. Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the Prime Minister is a riot with his penchant for English and his lack for reading political situations. K.K.Raina has played the role of Prime Minister's main aide with utmost finesse. Rahul Singh who has played the role of Zed Plus security Incharge has done an outstanding job. His body language, mannerisms, dialogue delivery make him look like a real security incharge. Mukesh Tiwari as the jealous neigbour of Adil is a treat to watch. Sanjay Mishra as the terrorist living on the other side of the border is bound to bring smile to your faces. Amongst, the ensemble cast Shivani Tanksale, Ekavali Khanna have given noticeable performances.    

TECHNICAL FINESSE                                          ::                 The soundtrack of the movie has been composed by Sukhwinder Singh & Nayab who have used melodious traditional tunes in the album. The best part is that there are just couple of songs in the movie which come at the apt time without disturbing the narrative of the movie. The cinematographer of the movie is H M Ramachandra who has done a descent job behind the lens given the canvas provided to him. The movie has been edited By Aseem Sinha who has kept the runtime of the movie to 140 minutes. Although, his editing is taut & crisp but there are some scenes he could have done way with. As a co-writer & director, Dr. ChandraPrakash Dwivedi has done a commendable job as it is not an easy job to make a political Satire which sends across a message as well as make you laugh all through. He has proved his versatility as a director by making a movie which is totally in contrast to the last movie that he helm ed i.e. Pinjar. He has not only provided a novel cinematic experience to Indian Audience but also ably extracted the best from his cast n crew. 
CONCLUSION                                                        ::                        If you have a penchant for good cinema and brilliantly made Political Satires, don't even dare to miss this one. This one is bound to bring smiles to your faces.  

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