Director: Anil Sharma
Starring: Utkarsh Sharma, Ishita Chauhan, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty, Ayesha Jhulka
Screenplay: Anil Sharma , Sunil Sirvaiya and Amjad Ali
Story: Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma and Rockstar Entertainment’s GENIUS is a love story, packed with action, emotions and patriotism. As the film starts, we come to know that Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma) is an agent whose last mission failed after his entire team was shot dead by a gangster called MRS (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). His girlfriend Nandini (Ishita Chauhan) has been called back from the US to be with him as he thinks he’s responsible for what all happened. One fine day, he sets out on a stylistic rampage to take down MRS who killed his colleagues. Suddenly, the story goes on flashback where we see Vasudev in a totally different avatar. He’s a priest now. He loves chanting Sanskrit hymns and has immense love for Mathura and Vrindavan. As if it wasn’t enough, Anil Sharma throws an unnecessary dancing number. Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma), an orphan from Mathura, is a genius who shows up at a top-flight tech institute, and falls into full stalker mode as he spies on his pretty co-student Nandini ( Ishita Chauhan). Later we see him as the student-turned-RAW agent and when Nawazuddin shows up as the bad guy in black, wearing a hat and armed with a gun, you think ah, some relief at last. Alas, the highly talented Nawaz is reduced to striking poses, and, in about the only moment that you can take away shakes his waist, throws out his arms, and gets on to the dance floor. In the rest, he growls and grimaces. Neither the first half not the second half is entertaining.
Technically the film is okay, cinematography by Najeeb Khan is worth mentioning, Editing by Ashfaque Makrani is okay. Dialogues are also okay could have been way better, Music by Himesh Reshammiya is okay, not up to his standards.
Performances wise Utkarsh Shrama is good for his first movie, but due to a very confusing plot it does not serve him well. Ishita Chauhan is also good considering it is her debut movie as well. Even with the talent of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, he could not take the film anywhere. Other actors like Mithun Chakraborty and Ayesha Jhulka are there to support the film and they are able to do their work as expected out of them.
Director Anil Sharma who made his name by making many good movies in the 80’s and 90’s tries to repeat the same in this film it has everything from romance to action to suspense to what not but creates a rather confusing film.