Aiyaary Review & Rating|
Aiyaary starring Manoj Bajpai, Sidharth Malhotra, Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Rakul Preet Singh and Pooja Chopra in pivotal roles is written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. Neeraj has collaborated with some of these actors in his previous successful films like Manoj Bajpai and Anupam Kher and is working with Sidharth Malhotra for the first time. The film was scheduled to release on Republic Day 2018, but it was postponed multiple times to avoid a clash with big films like Padmaavat and Padman.
The film tells the story of Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpai) who is a high ranking military official and the mentor of Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra). They have a huge fight after Jai finds out the details about Abhay’s deals with the government and runs away with private data. The rest of the film is the chase between the two characters and how they use their tactics to win and how other characters get involved in this cat and mouse chase. The film also features a love story between Jai Bakshi and Sonia Gupta (Rakul Preet Singh) which faces danger when Jai runs away from the army.
Sidharth Malhotra’s acting has improved from his previous films like Baar Baar Dekho and A Gentleman but is nowhere near perfect. He seems miscast in the role of an army officer, which will definitely hurt the film's performance at the box office. Anupam Kher and Pooja Chopra have small roles but do their job with the utmost dedication which shows on the big screen. Despite the film being a male-centric one, Rakul Preet Singh has been given a good amount of screen time and she looks really good, but her performance too is not up to the mark.
Manoj Bajpai serves as the saving grace of the film and delivers the best performance throughout the film. His quick and witty replies even in the most serious of situations will be loved by the audience. Naseeruddin Shah too outshines and delivers a powerful performance. The supporting actors like Kumud Mishra, Adil Hussain, and Vikram Gokhale have been cast perfectly.
Neeraj Pandey’s work has been loved by the audience and critics for films like A Wednesday, Special 26, Baby, Naam Shabana, and more, but with Aiyaary, the director falls in the trap of making his film visually pleasing than on being strong on the content. Cinematography by Sudheer Phalsane is picture perfect and captures the locations and visuals perfectly. But the plot of the film is bland and fails to connect with the audience and serves as nothing but a sloppy thriller.
Leaving aside the main storyline which has many plot holes, the film also has an unneeded love story between the characters of Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh which serves no purpose to the main plot.
Editing by Praveen Kathikuloth is very bad and the length of the film is far too long to be interesting. The pacing of the film is also very slow and fails to keep the audience intrigued to find out what happens next. There is not much scope of music with this film as it is a thriller, but Ankit Tiwari’s songs sometimes break the flow of the film.
There was a high expectation from Neeraj Pandey but he disappoints with this film, as he is known for films with tightly knit plots and perfect editing. The first half of the film is very slow and the second half gets a little bit better towards the ends.
Verdict: Aiyaary fails to meet it's expectations and the story does not do justice to the group of talented actors working in the film. This film was not worth the wait and can be missed.
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Aiyaary is the next directorial venture by award-winning writer-director Neeraj Pandey which stars Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet Singh, Manoj Bajpai, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in the lead roles. The film has finally hit the big screens after multiple delays and the audience is giving a positive response to it. Check out what the public has to say about Aiyaary
Neeraj Pandey has never failed to entertain us with his films. From his first film A Wednesday to Special 26, Baby, Naam Shabana and now Aiyaary, the director always makes films on interesting subjects and manages to make them entertaining in his own unique way. He knows what he wants from his actors and always gets a good performance out of them.
Even though people are not accepting Sidharth Malhotra in a role like this, it is Manoj Bajpai who is being absolutely loved by the audience. His character fo a senior military official seems to be connecting with the audience and keeping them gripped to the screen. Manoj Bajpai is a regular collaborator with Neeraj Pandey and has always been appreciated for his performance.
Pooja Chopra also has a small but significant role in the film and her character helps in moving the story forward. The background score composed by Ankit Tiwari is engaging and goes in flow with the film. Manoj Bajpai's comic timing is also being appreciated by the audience.
Even though critics have loved Neeraj Pandey's work in the past, Aiyaary is not being received well by the film critics. The subject that the film is based on is nothing new, unlike what he have come to expect of the filmmaker. The performances are not quite up to the mark and the film does not meet its expectations.
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What is Aiyaary all about?
Aiyaary is the next directorial venture by Neeraj Pandey who has made superhit films like A Wednesday, Baby, Naam Shabana and Special 26. He is collaborating once again with Manoj Bajpai, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher and is working with Sidharth Malhotra for the first time. It tells the story of two army officers, a mentor Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpai) and his protégé Jai Bakshi(Sidharth Malhotra) who have a fallout after Jai finds out a dark secret about the government and Abhay Singh.
Jai then steals some important data and goes rogue and it is now up to Abhay Singh to find him and stop him from revealing deep, dark secrets about the government. There is also a love story between Jai and Sonia Gupta (Rakul Preet Singh) which gets affected by all of the things happening in the main plot. The title Aiyaary means ultimate trickery and the film will see a lot of espionage and fun action sequences.
What to expect?
- Neeraj Pandey Directorial
Writer-Director Neeraj Pandey has proved his mettle as a filmmaker again and again. His first film A Wednesday is still considered one of the best films to have been made in Bollywood and the director went on to collaborate with Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Manoj Bajpai for films like Special 26, Baby, and Naam Shabana. After a long time, a film by Neeraj Pandey does not feature Akshay Kumar but has Sidharth Malhotra in the lead role, and people have a lot of expectations from the whole team of Aiyaary.
- Great Acting Performances
The film features a great cast of actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh who all have an impressive list of films to their name and have often worked together, building a strong on-screen chemistry. These actors have been a part of both critically and commercially successful films and a brilliant performance can be expected from them in this film too.
- Intense Thriller combined with a love story
Like a lot of Neeraj Pandey films, Aiyaary too tells the story which will thrill the audience and keep them at the edge of their seats. But it also has a love story between the characters of Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh, who are being paired up for the first time. This fresh pair will definitely excite the audience and drive them to the theaters.
- Patriotic film
The film is based around two members of the Indian army and has a patriotic feel to it. The film was designed to release on Republic Day, but unfortunately got postponed to avoid a clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
- Superhit Music
The music of the film composed by Ankit Tiwary is already a hit among the listeners. Songs like Lae Dooba by Sunidhi Chauhan and Yaad Hai by Palak Muchhal and Ankit Tiwari are on the top of the charts and will complement the story of the film perfectly.