Movie : Department (Hindi)
cast & Crew :Amitabh Bachchan,Sanjay Dutt,Rana Daggubati,Madhu Shalini,Lakshmi Manchu
Music : Bappi Lahiri
Cinematography : M. Ravichandran Thevar,Siddhartha More,Zaryan Patel,Sapan Narula,Harshraj Shroff
Director : Ram Gopal Varma
Producer :Siddhant Oberoi,Amit Sharma
Written by : Nilesh Girkar
Editing : Vinay Abhijit
Studio :Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Distributed by :Uberoi Line Productions
Release date : May 18, 2012 (2012-05-18)
Watched Theater : PVR Cinema, Hyderabad.
Rating: 2.25 / 5
Ramgopal varma new Hindi Film Department Movie Review:
Eccentricity is the name best associated with filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma whose maverick methodologies increase film by film. And with his latest release Department his absurdity seems to be touching new heights as he defies all rules, all conventions of filmmaking technique. A big cast, a thrilling storyline and a big release, would it work? Let’s wait and watch.
The Government forms a new entity called “Department” to finish the underworld by stepping over the law’s boundaries. The first half of the film is a crap, where Inspector Mahadev Bhosle (Sanjay Dutt), the boss of Mumbai’s Department and Rana Daggubati (Shiv), goes on killing bunch of underworld goons. While these hard-hitting actions goes on, the first half desperately makes you wait for Amitabh Bachchan’s (gangster-turned-politician) entry. Surprisingly, even after the Big B pops up with his larger than life screen persona, he fails to save RGV’s last attempt. While the raw action is on, Daggubati comes across a shocking truth about his bro-like Sanjay Dutt. What’s that? Watch out to learn the hidden truth.
Amitabh Bachchan’s deadly avatar in the film is sure to impress you all. He induces life in the film with his power-packed performance. The tall and beafy Rana Daggubati has no better job except beating up the goons throughout the movie. His cold expressions and unpolished Hindi is a sure let down. Sanjay Dutt represents an ultra dynamic character, whose power lies in his dual personality which he very successfully hides. Madhu Shalini deserves a compliment for her bold and tough role in the movie. Madhu plays a tough competition to all the men in the movie. Unlike, Lakshmi Manchu and Anjana Sukhani, Madhu Shalini won’t go unnoticeable. Vijay Raaz performs well, but lacks meat. Abhimanyu Singh’s awful clothes might have set a trend in fashion elsewhere, but he just isn’t a fashionoclast. Abhimanyu looks more like an animal, than a human in the movie.
Technical and other Departments:
With Department Ram Gopal Varma introduces a new filmmaking technique called Rogue filmmaking where no professional cinematographers and customary cameras are involved. Hence he goes around sets plunging his cameras on crotches, cleavages, inside lungis (male bottom garb), sliding from bottom to top, spinning around, humping, thumping and almost every possible thing by the end of which you are either suffering from vertigo or feeling nauseas.
Despite having a plot that had enough masala to make for a taut thriller, the various characters that keep interfering in the film and the multiple and needless twists that keep coming about fused by the eternally high on pot camera person, the film fizzles out in the very first few minutes. At a point of time it almost appears as if RGV is deriving some maniacal/sadist pleasure in playing around with the sensibilities of his audience. The music is the biggest disaster of Department. Nathalia Kaur’s item number’s more hideous than hot. Also, the remixed Namak Halal song “Thodi Si Jo Pee Li Hai” is another big failure.
Department is all about hard kicks and punches. Though the film promises the viewers with raw action, at times it gets over dosed and looks pointless. RGV’s obsession with the camera is evident in the film. The tight close-ups and minute-detailed scenes of violence is a continuous distraction and mindless. In short, the camera work throughout the film are all an assault to the eyes. The film lacks a good script and too many sub-plots adds confusion to it. The dialogues are mindless due to poor direction.
On the whole, DEPARTMENT is neither novel, nor experimental, but a return to the tried and tested formula. Its a Disappointing one!