Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Hussain Dalal, Darshan Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Supriya Pilgoankar, Rajit Kapur
Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK
The director duo better known for one-of-a-kind films like Shor in the City and Go Goa Gone have a style and pizzazz that is definitely watchable. Unfortunately in the case of ‘A Gentleman’ that’s all they want to focus on.
A hitman with a dual life is quite a familiar one. We have seen Ben Afleck in a similar role but here the sensibilities are totally different. Sidharth Malhotra plays both nice guy Gaurav, a corporate exec and hothead Rishi , a killer with a beard- One person with two different identities. And he wants to live an honest domesticated life with Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandes).
These kind of roles are really difficult to pull off – especially when they are not written with the understanding of the real time difficulties of leading a dual life. Rishi, in fact, is in the process of getting out of the undercover organisation, Unit X, he is a part of but the commander (Suneil Shtetty) sends Yaqub (Darshan Kumar) after him and thereafter ensures a cat and mouse chase, action, violence and shoot-outs- but none of them is fashioned with any great conviction. They may be slick but they don’t feel consistent or believable. The film is designed as a thriller, but the thrills on display are neither unique nor gratifying.