Department: A Filmy Review.

On Saturday, May 19th, 2012


Department Promotional Poster.

This summer, we have been bagged with numerous films to fritter our laid-back hours and this week we are endowed with the most awaited movie of Ram Gopal Verma, ‘Department.’ The movie has been directed by RGV (Ram Gopal Verma) and has remained a major part of the endemic talk since the last one and half months. The film factor is based on the falling-out between the underworld mafia and the police department and their life style.

Just a few days before, the movie had released its official album and had gathered huge response from the audience for its rocking music.  And especially the gorgeous, sexy, damn hot and seductive Nathalia Kaur in the song ‘Dan Dan Cheeni’ is expected to be the centre of attraction for the audience in the movie. As RGV has always chosen underworld as the central thesis of his movies and with a success, this movie is also no way barred from the concept, but exclusive of any prior confirmation of success!

The stars like legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati, Anjana Sukhani, Lakshmi Manchu, Vijay Razz, and Abhimanyu Singh are seen in lead casts and Nathalia Kaur has come up with a guest appearance in the film.


Nathalia Kaur in ‘Department’.

Generally, when a film stars Big B like legendary actor, expectations run high from the movie. But no way the movie ‘Department’, seems to have stand up to the audience expectations. This has again proved to be a distress for the viewers and in spite of the big star casts, the film fails to electrify us.

Department is a fascinating action drama, a propos of a bloodcurdling story rooted in struggle for power. As per the story outlines, the government of Maharashtra forms a new secret agency called Department to put an end to the underworld, by going beyond the confines of law. The agency is headed by encounter specialist Mahadev Bhosle (Sanjay Dutt) and Bhosle takes in suspended encounter specialist Shivnarayan (Rana Daggubati) in his squad.

Both of them get bonded in a brother like relationship and together they enlist Sawatya (Vijay Raaz), a semi clad Mumbai Don, his ruthless subordinate D.K (Abhimanyu Singh) and his moll Madhu Shalini. But their relationship takes a break with the entry of the gangster-turned-politician Amitabh Bachchan who unveils a shocking truth about Sanjay Dutt before Daggubati! Watch out the film to know about the shocking truth behind the scenes.

Taking a close look over the film will make you responsive about the attempts RGV has made to give Department a same verdict like that of his own cult gangster film Company. Simply, you can say that this film is a remake of ‘Company’, but must not be mistaken that it is prioritized on cops’ standpoint. Because, the encounter specialists like Mahadev (Sanjay) and Shivnarayan (Rana) behave even worse than gangsters, getting indulged in serial killing attempts.


Big-B Amitabh Bachchan in the movie ‘Department.’

The film is all about hard kicks and punches and can cause a sheer headache for you. At times, the film seems futile due to overdo action and fails to keep its promise of raw action to the spectators. Sitting in the theatre you can evidently mark the mania of RGV with the camera, and the taut close-ups and minute-detailed scenes can make you irksome. Overall, it’s an absolutely poor camera work and is like beating up the eyes. The lack of a good script and development of many sub-plots make the movie fully confusing and exasperating, I mean the story concept proves to be like “A wild goose that flies over your head”!

If considered from the characters point of view, then Mr. Big-B is worth considering and maintains his numero-uno designation yet. He puts life into the film with his powerful performance and so the same too in the case of Sanju Baba who represents himself as an ultra-dynamic character, having tactfully concealed his real identity in the midst of his duo personalities. And what to tell of the tall, sturdy Rana Daggubati, who is no way proficient to do proper justice to his role, though playing a maverick cop!

Among others, Madhu Sahlini deserves a compliment for her audacious and hard-hitting role in the movie. She can’t be deserted like the other two female leads Lakshmi Manchu and Anjana Sukhani. Vijay Raj could have done better in performance, if had added more meat to his traits. Abhimanyu Sekhar Sing performs well though he is skilled of a lot more. But the script is to be held responsible for his character not being much powerful.

After all, we can conclude that ‘Department ‘can hardly taste the savor of success. Nothing is relishing inside the theatre, neither performance nor the script nor the camera work. Visiting the theatre is a complete waste of time, money and delight. The film seems to have no chance in the box-office!


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