Starring – Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Manjari Fadnis
Director – Saurabh Shukla
Producer – Arindam Chaudhuri
Banner – Planman Motion Pictures, R-Vision India Pvt Ltd
Genre – Comedy, Social
Music – Jatin Pandit, Jaspal Moni
By Kreative Access Media
As soon as I heard that ‘I AM 24’ is a Saurabh Shukla film and stars the talented Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey and Neha Dhupia, I was sure that I am definitely in for a treat watching this film. They are gonna make me laugh and at the same time think about a poignant message. And I was right, the film did make me laugh and also had a message, but at the same time it disappointed, because of a low-paced screenplay, a little over acting by Ranvir and a few senseless moments that it created.
The film was shot way back in 2007 which was quite evident as ‘Partner’ was being screened at Fun Republic. It spoke of the age when Internet Chat rooms were quite popular and most people lied about their physical appearance and bank balance to get a date. Shubendu Roy (Rajat Kapoor), a struggling writer is called ‘Raja Harishchandra’ by his room-mate cum friend Gagandeep Singh (Ranvir Shorey). He never lies and so does not has work. Frustrated by his friend’s accusations on his truth leading them to poverty, he enters an internet chat room and makes a much younger girl friend.
The universal phenomenon of Truth Vs Lies is presented by director Saurabh Shukla in an urban backdrop. Had the film released 5 years back, it had the chances of connecting with the audiences, but today people are way past the concept. There are also major flaws in the story. Shubendu claims to be a writer of famous films and his girl friend plays naive. I mean she could have easily googled the name of ‘Lagaan’s writer and found out that Shubendu is lying.
Shukla tries to make a light hearted comedy and succeeds to a certain extent but the basic plot and screenplay lets his down. Rajat Kapoor looks wierd with a half shaven head and seems uncomfortable. However, he does manage to act well. Ranvir Shorey was OTT at a lot of places but he was the one who got out most of the humour. Neha Dhupia looked stunning and did charm. Manjari Fadnis was fit for her role. Vijay Raaz was an interesting watch. The rest of the supporting cast was okay.
Technically, the film was pretty average and has nothing much to boast about. Overall, the film is far behind today’s time and people might not connect to it.