Maximum – Movie ReviewJune 28, 2012
Starring –Sonu Sood, Nasserruddin Shah, Amit Sadh, Vinay Pathak, Mohan Agashe
Director – Kabeer Kaushik
Banner – Vainteya Films
Music – Amjad Nadeem, Devi Sri Prasad
Genre – Crime
Rating – **
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
Cop flicks seem to be the current rage in Bollywood. Where films like Singham and Rowdy Rathore have been doing great at the box office, RGV’s Department had to bear the flak. Now, amidst all these cop dramas comes Kabeer Kaushik’s ‘Maximum’, but mind you the film is nowhere close to the above mentioned flicks. ‘Maximum’, though is similar to Department has a completely different narrative. Where RGV’s film had OTT drama, Kaushik takes a little subtle route. Though there is enough encounters and ‘Maar Dhaadh’, ‘Maximum’ lacks the pace and thrill to keep the audience engaged.
The basic plot is of politics played within the Police department backdrop being Mumbai city. It’s the story of times when Encounter specialists had almost forced the underworld to take a back seat. But focusing on the fight with the gangsters is not what Kaushik intended to show; he portrays the dirty, unhealthy competition within the Police department. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? But the excitement ends right there. There is nothing that the film can brag of except for good performances.
Sonu Sood carries the entire film on his shoulders, a natural stunner. You can actually say that there was nothing in the film except for him. Neha Dhupia plays her part well but could not do much given the clichéd dialogues. Nasseruddin Shah was not utilized to his full potential. Vinay Pathak plays a diplomatic politician convincingly. Amit Sadh was a surprise. He sure can go a long way if chooses the right scripts. Anjana Sukhani had a blink and miss appearance. Aarya Babbar was surprisingly decent. The rest of the supporting cast was okay.
Deva Sri Prasad’s item number ‘Aa Ante’ is the only good thing about the music of the film and Hazel Keech looked cute performing it, though the choreography could have been better. Background score and cinematography are average. The film falls badly because of the been-there-heard-those dialogues. Also, a scene has an animated ‘Dabangg’ style Sonu Sood which was a good addition. The idea of a journalist sketching the face of Mumbai Police was interesting, but a potential plot let down because of a slow and boring screenplay is how ‘Maximum’ can be described as. And if you still want to watch it, watch it for Sonu Sood and Hazel Keech’s ‘Aa Ante Amlapuro’.