Maximum (2012) WBRi Movie Review: Kabeer Kaushik's Bollywood Crime Thriller with Naseerudin Shah & Sonu Sood

Maximum (2012) Bollywood Hindi Film PosterKolkata June 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Mumbai and the nexus between the underworld and the cops, a complicated screenplay, indiscriminate shooting, blood and gory sequences are all present in Maximum, Kabeer Kaushik’s latest movie. The movie opens with Sonu Sood playing a dandy officer who represents the typical hard-hearted, practical and no- nonsense cop. He goes about on a shooting spree on almost all days. Like the conventional Mumbai cop, he has his fair share of interest in attending dance bars and has a good rapport with the bar dancers, who give him valuable information in the hope of staying safe from local thugs and goons who are present practically everywhere. As a family man, he proves to be a mediocre father and a less devoted husband, while his wife is only restricted to the kitchen chores and blurting out sentimental stuff  whenever she comes in her husband’s vicinity. This is practically all she has to do in the movie!

The story proceeds showing Pratap Pandit (Sonu Sood), an increasingly popular police officer, at loggerheads with the designated encounter specialist Arun Inaamdar (Naseerudin Shah). Both are in a rat race and want to strip each other from their popularity, resulting in murky happenings. Moral depravation has reached its lowest ebb and both the cops leave no stone unturned to realize their ambitions, little knowing that they are turning everyone else against themselves, and they would soon be engulfed in the very own conundrum which they have created.

Trailer: Maximum (Hindi, 2012)

The film has shades of Shimit Amin's classic "Ab Tak Chappan" starring Nana Patekar produced by Ram Gopal Verma, and RGV's own iconic "Satya". The movie does not conjure up anything new and relies on the same hackneyed and monotonous lifestyle of the Mumbai police forces which we have been repeatedly fed with over the last decade or so.

Sonu Sood’s acting capability is, of course, beyond doubt, but the loose storyline gives him almost nothing to showcase his talents. Naseeruddin Shah, a prolific veteran actor, has little scope to showcase his acting prowess either and mainly gapes at the camera with a malicious expression that tries to stir the audiences with the impending sinister going-ons. Nasir’s screen presence is, of course, impressive. Neha Dhupia is inconsequential in the movie and her importance is ironically in succumbing to a bullet from the rivals of Sonu Sood. Amit Sadh, as a crime reporter, always seems to cling on to Sonu Sood wherever he goes to undertake an operation. Vinay Pathak, as an Uttar Pradesh politician who is inclined toward Pratap Pandit, fails to convince the audience.

Overall, the movie falls short of leaving an impact and confounds by its rather large plot loopholes. It is not strong enough in portraying the real-life problems and moral degradation that one faces when involved in killings and shootings of criminals and the cloak of defensiveness with which such people cover themselves while treading the path of mayhem and political atrocities.

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