By Troy Ribeiro Film: Antim, The Final Truth (Running In Theatres).Duration: 140 minutes.
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar.Cast: Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma, Mahima Makwana, Sachin Khedekar, Rohit Haldikar, Sayaji Shinde, Jisshu Sengupta, Chhaya Kadam, Upendra Limaye, Nikitin Dheer, Waluscha De Souza and Varun Dhawan.Rating: ***1/2
Director Mahesh Manjrekar’s film ‘Antim, The Final Truth’ is a crime drama that centers around the circle of destiny.The film, which is based on the Marathi film “Mulshi Pattern”, tells the story of Rahul Patil, aka Rahulya who is a farmer’s son and joins hands with the ruthless underground to survive.
After seeing his father Datta Patil, a farmer and a one-time renowned wrestler, go bankrupt, Rahul is forced to rebel against Salvi, a local corporator.Rahul’s daredevil attitude impresses Nanya (Upendra Lilimaye), a small-time gangster.
Rahul’s rise to the top in Pune’s underbelly draws Rajveer Singh (Salman Khan)’s attention.He realizes that the cops cannot control the gangsters and decides to say, “Hum kuchh, karenge, dimag se” (I won’t do anything but if it’s something, I’ll use my head).
He then quotes the Mahabharata to bring down the “do-take-ke gunday” (those small-time goons).Rajveer Singh plots to start a gang war as a convenient excuse to not get his hands dirty.
The film is a true Aayush Sharma masterpiece.He is a great screen presence and delivers his part with panache.
He is a noir character but he makes you feel invested in him.Rohit Haldikar plays Ganya, his childhood friend.
Salman Khan is presented with flamboyance as Sardarji, a helpful police officer.This fanfare introductory scene lacks shine and sparkle.
He does not look like a fully redeemed force, but he seems to be perfectly suited for his role.
Mahima Makwana plays Manda, the tea vendor and Rahul’s love interest.
She is earnest and promising but only gets a limited amount of screen time to show her histrionics.
Sachin Khedekar and Upendra Limaye play the roles of Inspector Uday and Nitin Dheer.
They are all in top form and deliver convincing performances, making their characters believable.
Walushcha de Souza dances in traditional Maharashtrian attire, to the item number “Chingari”.
This is far from traditional, but it is refreshing.
Varun Dhawan is heard in the song “Vighnaharta”.He is not an asset to the film but an eyesore because he wears his shoes while dancing to an auspicious number at a Ganpati Mandap.His shoe is distracting.
The plot features many face-offs and action sequences that have been well choreographed.Salman Khan’s fights are mostly shot in slow motion to disguise his waning spirit.
Salman’s fans will enjoy a naked-chested, muscle-flexing scene and a fight against Aayush.This policeman-gangster fight is fleetingly reminiscent of Amitabh’s fight against Vinod Khanna, in ‘Amar Akbar Anthony.
The film is mounted with great production values and touches your heart.
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