- Posted January 17, 2013 by
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Mumbai Mirror Movie Review
Rewind to a few days earlier and the story is laid out before us, Abhijit Patil is a cop (Sachiin J Joshi) who lives by his own rules, from drinking on the job to sleeping with women to placing illegal bets to staging encounters. He has got his own posse to help him in his operations and his uncle, ACP Gaitonde (Mahesh Manjrekar) to watch his back.
One of the defining character traits of Abhijit is his inability to stand violence against women; this coupled with his maverick attitude puts him in the bad books of bar king, Shetty (Prakash Raj). As the story progresses, Abhijit inadvertently finds himself in the middle of two seemingly different shooting incidents, one of which takes away the life of his close friend and colleague. Put in charge to investigate the case, he defies his principled partner, Inspector Manish (Prashant Narayanan) to avenge the death of his friend which subsequently leads to a CBI Enquiry and his suspension from the police department. It is at this point that Abhijit realizes that everything is not how it seems and that he was made a scapegoat to cover up the operations of a covert drug cartel. What happens next is for the viewer to discover.
Coming to the analysis, the script is the strong point of the film with well developed characters and well defined motives. This helps in laying down a good base for the story and keeps the film from going off the track. The female characters, however, are underwritten. Nevertheless, it has some good twists and turns and makes for engaging viewing for the most part of it.
Coming to the acting, the whole cast has been utilized brilliantly with Prakash Raj, Prashant Narayanan and Mahesh Manjrekar standing out for their contribution to their respective roles. Aditya Pancholi makes the character of the bookie, Durrani, his own. Sudesh Berry goes just a little overboard with his CBI Officer act but certainly constructs a quirky and memorable character.
Debutant Gihana Khan plays the role of the vamp convincingly and Vimla Raman turns in a decent performance as the news reporter and the hero’s love interest. As far as Sachiin J Joshi is concerned, he plays out his nuanced role earnestly, he could have avoided the once in a while super cop routine, but kudos to him for enacting a character that beats but gets beaten up as well.
Now for the technical department, the intro song choreographed by Chinni and Rekha Prakash is awesome and the ‘Marjawa’ track by Sonu Niigam stands out among the songs. While the cinematography ranges from good to average, the screenplay and editing may pull the film down. With a winner for a script, a better output from the technical department would only have contributed to making the film better.
However the team has to be commended for some compelling sequences, the first being the one leading up to the interval and the second being the one leading to the finale. They also deserve kudos for not succumbing to the ‘Dabangg’ or ‘Singham’ syndrome and portraying a more realistic and believable police department.
Barring some avoidable flashbacks and a few loose ends, Mumbai Mirror is definitely watchable for its great script and superb performances. It is 3.5/5 for Mumbai Mirror for investigating a decaying law enforcement system pushed to bask in the silent approval of its questionable ways.