The story begins with Naxalite group leader Laxmi (Konkona Sen Sharma) telling police inspector Paaji (Kumud Mishra) in jail, “Jungle ka ek hi vasool hai.. Either hunt, or be hunted”. While running away from the jail, she kills all the policemen except Paaji.
Now the story moves forward 13 years, where Paaji along with his senior officer Gopal (Arjun Kapoor) is caught in the middle of the drug dealers business of the city. After an incident, both are suspended and they need crores of rupees to save their lives. A different part of the story begins from here. Gopal (Arjun Kapoor), suspended from the police force, plans to rob a van carrying crores of cash arriving to deposit money at a city ATM. He needs two crore rupees to save his life. But he has no idea that two other gangs are also on the same target. Everyone has their own ulterior motive. Unknown to each other, the three gangs come face to face.. Gopal, daughter of the city’s biggest mafia (Radhika Madan), her lover (Shardul Bhardwaj), high police officer Pammi (Tabu) and Paaji (Kumud Mishra). And then the series begins – of firing, of murder, of betrayal. Who survives in this bloody game, who loses the bet of life and who gets crores of rupees.. it will be interesting for you to know.
There is no doubt that Tabu has been the most impressive in this wide starcast. She is strong in the character of a corrupt boss lady. In a world dominated by men, she has the ability to make everyone dance to her tune. who delivers profanity-laden dialogues but also brings much-needed comic relief to the film in a witty manner. She has looked comfortable in her character. Konkona Sen Sharma, Radhika Madan, Shardul Bhardwaj and Kumud Mishra impress with their performances. The film mainly revolves around Arjun Kapoor, the director has also given him a chance to show a lot of expressions, where Arjun is seen to be honest about acting. Naseeruddin Shah is there for only a few minutes and his character is not very effective.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s son Aasman Bhardwaj made his directorial debut with this film. And he must be appreciated for this film. Aasmaan weaves together a world of multiple parallel stories and connects them all with a single thread. There are many twists and turns in the story, which are interesting. As deep as the first half starts, slowly the story seems to disintegrate a bit. But the second half is so strong that you overlook all the shortcomings. The second half has just the right amount of suspense, laced with a light dose of comedy. The special thing is that the film does justice to its title. Although sometimes the film tries to be too dark, but does not succeed there.
techno and music
Dog’s direction, screenplay and cinematography all support each other, that’s the best part. Editing by A Sreekar Prasad is very tight, which does not allow the film to deviate from the track. At the same time, Farhad Ahmed Delvi’s cinematography is quite exciting.
The music of the film is composed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The title track is penned by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, while the lyrics for all the other songs are penned by Gulzar. It would not be wrong to say that Vishal Bhardwaj’s music gives a height to the dark world of the film. The special thing is that all the songs blend well with the screenplay without stopping the pace of the film.
As a debutant director, Aasman Bhardwaj’s effort is commendable. With an intriguing satirical storyline and a talented cast, he has proved his mettle. Compared to the films made in this genre, ‘Dog’ is not very deep or complex. But no doubt it is fun. This film of 1 hour 52 minutes does not let your attention wander from the screen. 3.5 stars for Kutte from Filmbeat.