This movies theme is heavily borrowed from the classic 1942 film Casablanca as is Director Vishal Bharadwaj’s style he heavily indianises the story for the Indian audiences like all his movies.
The year is 1943 and World War II is at its worst phase and all the countries in the world are at war. India meanwhile is fighting for its independence from the British Empire and the country is divided between 2 factions of Congress leaders where Mahatma Gandhi is leading with Ahimsa (Non Violence), whereas Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose believes that the British need to be fought and thrown out of the country and for that the people have to pay for their independence by volunteering themselves or if not by volunteering their wealth to help raise funds for the INA.
Meanwhile in Mumbai
Julia is a superstar in the movies known for her action roles and dare devil stunts. Her character is inspired by fearless Nadia a famous heroine of that period. She is in love with her producer Rusi Billimoria who is an heir of a well respected wealthy family, and who owns a studio and production house. He wants to leave his wife and against his family’s wishes wants to marry Julia.
On the other front Jamadar Navab Malik of the British Indian Army is fighting in Burma against the Japanese forces and is captured by the Japanese army as a POW and is handed over to Bose’s INA who convince him to join them and release him as their spy into the British Indian army.
On the third level wealthy Indians are pooling in their wealth as much as they can spare to fund the INA war efforts. While on a tour to entertain and boost the morale of Indian British troops in Rangoon Julia is escorted around with Jamadar Navab Malik who saves her life multiple times and she falls in love with him. How this love triangle unfolds and how it is connected with the INA is for you to watch.
What’s good –
Vishal Bharadwaj has written a good script which sows a seed of national integration. Also the chemistry between Kangana and Shahid Kapoor and Kangana and Saif Ali Khan is remarkable with both actors putting in a very good effort. Scottish actor Risk Hard McCabe as the British General is superb and funny. But it’s queen Kangana that shines and outclasses everybody by her adorable performance as kick ass Julia aka ‘Toofan Ki Beti’ and ‘Hunterwali’. The songs are good throughout the movie and apt to the situation and don’t seem forced.
What’s Bad –
The pace of the film and the script which is a remake of a 75 year old classic movie makes it a little confusing and boring for the main Indian audience which is usually not very well read.
Verdict-a rendition of a beautiful classic made very well and has absolutely great performances by the whole cast.
My Ratings 3* of 5 .