THT Talkies: Style sans substance

Cash: Action

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Ritesh Deshmukh,

Zayed Khan, Esha Deol Dia Mirza, Shamita Shetty,

Ayesha Takia

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Showing at theatres near you


Rhea (Ayesha Takia) boards the first class in a plane in which the only other passenger is Danny (Zayed Khan). In the course of conversation, Danny starts telling Rhea a story about a 200 carat diamond which was discovered in 1836. The diamond is considered a bad omen as anyone who has owned it has been murdered. It once landed in the hands of a king who divided it into three equal pieces and distributed to his sons.

Two of the pieces have been found in Cape Town recently and the latest news is that the third one is also being brought here. These three pieces put together is worth millions. A top notch don has two of them and with the help of Angad (Suniel Shetty) he wishes to own the third one too.

Aditi (Dia Mirza) comes into the picture, Angad’s previous partner, with whom he has been able to do many feats and decides to call for this huge feat as well. But they realise that the task is too big for just the two of them. So Aditi asks Doc (Ajay Devgan) to join them. The team is complete when Doc calls Danny, Lucky (Ritesh Deshmukh) and Pooja (Esha Deol) to join them.

But when there are so many people after a diamond, there has to be somebody protecting it. That’s the job of Head of Security at the Indian Embassy, Shania (Shamita

Shetty). And she also happens to be Doc alias Karan’s girlfriend, but she is unaware

of the fact that he is involved in such activities. For her, he is just a writer.

This is the basic story — of two teams — one to steal, the other to protect the diamond in Cape Town, South Africa. There are a lot of stunts to hold the audience, yet some scenes look more like a mixture of English and Hindi movies.

The comedy is good. If you are looking for entertainment and action, leaving your brains at home, this movie is fine. The main story line is bleak and at the end you wonder what was the story all about.

As the promos have shown, style and glamour play a vital role in the movie. But for some reason, though the girls are decked up and look sexy enough, they are unable to bring the effect on the screen that one would expect from girls working for such groups. And as for Shamita Shetty,

she looks like a shorter version of elder sister Shilpa but minus the oomph and grace. Ritesh Deshmukh and Zayed Khan have done a good job, but Ajay Devgan and Suniel Shetty look a bit weary.

The stunts by Anthony Stone is what makes the movie interesting. While director Anubhav Sinha has made a movie that’s chic and stylish, it lacks substance.