AZAAN – Movie Review
Producer: M. R. Shahjahan, Shaju Ignatius and Sunaman Sood
Director: Prashant Chadha
Cast: Sachiin Joshi, Candice Boucher, Sarita Choudhary, Aly Khan, Ravi Kissen and Aarya Babbar
Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irfan Siddique and Shraddha Pandit.
Music Director: Salim and Sulaiman
“AZAAN” which means “THE CALL” has something out-of-the-ordinary to offer to the action genre. AZAAN undertakes a grave issue, a theme that has never been depicted before.
The is about the character Azaan Khan – a young upright army officer working for RAW (India’s Research and Analysis Wing) with a mixed lineage of Afghan and Indian parents, as part of his duties, gets drawn in to the murky world of espionage only to find his younger brother a suspected terrorist.
Uncertain between his love for his country and his brother, Azaan embarks on his mission of unraveling a conspiracy of science and technology, which turns uglier when he realizes that it stands to threaten the 1.2 billion population of one of the largest developing nations in the world – India.
On the brighter side, AZAAN is embellished with a harmonious musical score [Salim-Sulaiman]. The background score, also composed by the maestros, is electrifying. In addition, the stunts, chases and combat sequences are spectacular. Also, since the film has been filmed across continents, it boasts of some stunning and dazzling visuals, awesome job by the cinematographer. To cut a long story short, AZAAN comes across as an assemblage of several well executed sequences, but the sheen and shimmer cannot surrogate for a spellbinding screenplay.
A Thriller only works when the story has the capacity to glue the audience to the screen. That’s where AZAAN staggers. What you carry home are a few moments, which aren’t enough. The piece de resistance is undoubtedly that car chase and the subsequent crash in the pre-climax which is the USP of the movie. The conclusion, though well filmed, appears like a rushed job and also seems improbable. Nevertheless AZAAN should find some flavor with lovers of action movies. Dhinchak Mumbai will rate 2 and half stars out of 5