MUMBAI: As the title suggests, Tezz is inspired by the
Hollywood film Speed, which in turn was inspired by
Hollywood film Runaway Train and the Japanese film,
The Bullet Train. Some inspiration is also taken from
popular American TV series 24, but that is where the
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut,
Boman Irani, Zayed Khan, Sameera Reddy, Mohan
theme was picked up by BR Films to make The Burning
Train which, though being a novel idea for the Indian
audience at that time and boasting of a mammoth star
cast, bombed badly.
comes at a time when English movies are dubbed in various
Indian languages and the subject offers no novelty.
What is more, the story is based on a faulty premise.
Devgn is an illegal immigrant in London but having married
a UK citizen, Kangna Ranaut, he is expecting legal status
soon. He is also a crusader for other illegal immigrants
who he feels have come to UK seeking a brighter future
and should not be sent back as the local authorities
have been doing after raiding their hideouts.
one such raid, Ajay Devgn manages to help Sameera Reddy
and Zayed Khan escape but he is taken away and despite
his explanation that he was married to a citizen and
was awaiting his papers, he is packed off to India.
With a feeling that he has been denied an opportunity
to make a life for himself, he decides to plant bombs
on a passenger train and extort a huge ransom from the
UK authorities! Now this is not the kind of story heroes
are made of - or films.
is not only the East India Company that an Indian has
taken over; they also are the main thrust behind its
police and railways. Once Devgn plants the bombs on
the train with 500 passengers on board, London police
needs to recall a just-retired cop, Anil Kapoor, to
handle the case. The head of signal system on the railway
is also an Indian, Boman Irani, and his pre-teen daughter
is on the same train too (that is the emotion quotient
in the film).
the ransom demand is being complied with, Kapoor is
busy chasing Devgn and his accomplices- Khan and Reddy-
and Boman Irani negotiates with Ajay Devgn. When Kapoor
is asked to come alone and deliver the ransom amount,
he goes with a fleet of police cars with sirens blaring
and cops in fluorescent jackets. Is he the best London
police have? As the alternative ways to save the passengers
are used, there is nothing that you have not seen in
a number of films. As Zayed Khan and Sameera Reddy have
been martyred in the cause of illegal Indian immigrants
in UK and having got his ransom amount, Devgn decides
to call off his threat and get back to his wife and
the child she gave birth to in his absence. But Anil
Kapoor has still to fulfil his obligation, which is
to apprehend Ajay Devgn and send the message that crime
may get you 10 million Euros but won't let you live
to enjoy it!
script is full of loop holes, lacks logic and is treated
equally shoddily by Priyadarshan. Initially, exchanges
between Indians and their British counterparts are in
English which later turn to Hindi and those uncomfortable
with English miss the very purpose behind the events
is out of sync and a Mallika Sherawat item number has
been forced in as if censors wouldn't pass a film without
one. If at all the film offers anything worth watching,
it is two chase scenes, one with Sameera Reddy and the
other with Zayed Khan. The cinematography is good. Boman
Irani, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan are passable; Anil
Kapoor and Ajay Devgn disappoint. Kangana Ranaut has
nothing much to do. Mohanlal playing a cameo as a cop
escorting a criminal on the targeted train is wasted.
is a poor film with disaster written all over it.
Ki Toh Lag Gayi is one boring charade