Sooryavanshi Movie Review
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Kumud Mishra, Javed Jaffrey, Sikander Kher and Nikitin Dheer
Director: Rohit Shetty
What’s Good: The only thing the movie is good at is building the expectation that it will eventually get better at some point (spoiler alert: it doesn’t!).
What’s worse: Mostly everything except what you’ve already seen in the trailer
Lou Break: If you take a couple, you will not leave anything that will affect your final decision for the film.
WATCH OR NOT?: If you are not a fan of Singham, Simmba, forget to start it too, but if you are a fan, watch them again
Available at: Theatrical release
Runtime: 145 minutes
Taking the wraps off the ’93 blasts in Mumbai, the story focuses on a large chunk of explosive material left over from the blast, paired with a few fugitives who managed to escape at the time.
The mission is taken over by Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar) by his superior Kabir Shroff (Javed Jaffrey), who although was the star of solving the ’93 bombing case, still regrets some of his choices.
Sooryavanshi, along with wife Rhea (Katrina Kaif) managing his family issues, investigates the missing RDX, about which he finds a leak, which could be used for several bomb blasts in Mumbai.
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With the help of his old colleagues Simmba (Ranveer Singh) and Singham (Ajay Devgan), Sooryavanshi races against time, hoping to stop the ticking bombs to avoid a deadly disaster.
Sooryavanshi Movie Review: Script Analysis
Rohit Shetty is caught in his own trap, he has made a film which he could have directed 5-7 years back even while sleeping and it must have been successful. But, unfortunately, that’s how time works, we are living in a world where movies like Singham and Simmba already exist.
Singham and Simmba’s intention to exploit the success popularity to introduce another cop into the universe appears so much that it steals the spotlight from Sooryavanshi.
It also exposes Shetty’s weak link in a brutal manner i.e. CGI puts your powerpoint presentation to shame. The very important helicopter chase scene’s VFX looks straight out of a low budget high ambition film.
All this only reminds you how Neeraj Pandey’s school of filmmaking is not easy to break. The 4-minute trailer badly dampens the excitement you want for a cop-cameo. If you have seen the trailer, you have already seen all the better parts of Simmba and Singham.
This is a classic example of a director refusing to change the winning formula and therefore losing the essence of originality. Simmba was quite different than Singham and hence it clicked beautifully.
Sooryavanshi is picking Akshay Kumar from Neeraj Pandey’s world and throwing him along lines worse than Housefull 4 in Rohit Shetty’s Car Flying Universe. He has also robbed a dedicated climax sequence with Singham stealing the limelight.
Everything about it is an unresolved mess, from the spark-filled didactic jingoistic scenes to Akshay’s annoying character-forgetting name (which is already hilariously helmed by Paresh Rawal in Awara Pagal Deewana).
Sooryavanshi Movie Review: Star Performance
Never thought Akshay Kumar would prove to be the pineapple of Rohit Shetty’s half-cooked pizza. His entire acting is divided into two parts, the first type you have already seen in movies like Baby, Holiday, Bell Bottom and the second type you have already seen in De Dana Dan, Phir Hera Pheri and Bhagam Bhaag.
Katrina Kaif in Tip Tip Barsa Pani > Katrina Kaif in full movie. She rarely adds any value to the story and seems to have shot it together with Salman Khan’s Bharat.
If you ask someone without any knowledge of Bollywood to watch Bharat, Sooryavanshi and show Katrina Kaif scene from either of the two movies, he will not be able to tell which movie it is from.
None of the supporting cast i.e. Gulshan Grover, Jackie Shroff, Kumud Mishra, Javed Jaffrey, Sikander Kher, Nikitin Dheer leave any memorable impression. Each of them is either wrong or lost.
Sooryavanshi Movie Review: Direction, Music
Rohit Shetty, in an attempt to give Sooryavanshi the best of both worlds (Singham and Simmba), fails to build up to his novelty factor. It has everything that Rohit always tries to run away from, shoddy VFX, lame dialogues, forceful emotions.
It’s like selling a prototype after the huge success of your Hero products. A classic case of the director refusing to change an already proven template, with the failed hope of creating similar magic.
My report indicated that Arijit Singh’s song was dropped from the film, but it was Naja instead, and it’s a very bad decision as it would have made things a little easier.
Tip Tip Barsa Paani is the best part of the film bringing back the old chemistry of Akki-Kat. The idea of syncing the sound of gunfire with the background score, though already tried, is clever and blends in well.
Sooryavanshi Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Sooryavanshi turned out to be a badly done spoof of many Rohit Shetty (and other similar templates) films. It shatters the expectations I never had after the 4 minute trailer.