The film is a cop buddy buddy movie which seems to be inspired many of it’s Hollywood counterparts like ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ series, Tango and Cash, Bad Boys, Rush Hour etc. Kabir (John Abraham) is a tough, straight talking cop, who doesn’t mince words or his fists while attending the call of duty and his new assignment is to find the top Indian cricketer Viraj (Saquib Salim) who is kidnapped by a cartel of bookies lead by a chilling villain played by Akshaye Khanna. The whole film is about Kabir and his new buddy partner, a rookie cop played by Varun Dhawan who is fun loving and his one liners really bring the house down. The villains henchman Rahul Dev has to be traced with the help of a pickpocketeer played by Jacqueline Fernandez. Finally after much action and drama the ace cricketer is finally rescued and he takes the Indian cricket team to a fabulous win over its arch rival Pakistan.
Though many films have been made on this background of betting in cricket like Jannat and 99, this film is more pacier and enjoyable.The music is very good with the item number ‘Ishq Ka Marj’ picturized on Jacqueline Fernandez being a hit song. The action scenes especially have been very well choreographed .The cinematography is super slick and very snazzy and the chase sequences and the Gulf and Arabian locales are picturized well. The editing is fast and crisp.
The performances by the lead cast are really impressive especially Varun Dhawan who is very likeable. John looks like a hunk and plays the tough fast talking cop very well. Jacqueline Fernandez does her cute act very impressively. Akshaye Khanna’s return to the big screen and especially as a villain is top notch. Saquib Saleem as the cricketer Viraj does well. Akshay Kumar is the secne stealer with his cameo. His hilarious sequence stays with the viewer even after the movie is over. Nargis Fakhri and Parineeti Chopra do well in their special appearance. Rahul Dev is very menacing. Mona Ambegaonkar does well in a brief appearance. Satish Kaushik’s “voice over” dialogues are very funny. Rameez Raja and Atul Wassan play themselves with elan.
The director Rohit Dhawan does his job well.
At the box-office
The film has taken a good start and sail through without any hassles!