Director: Shravan Tiwari
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Abhimanyu Singh, Indraneil Sengupta, Raza Murad, Sayaji Shinde, and others
Where: In theatres near you
Rating: 3 and a half stars
The first thing with the title Aazam that comes to our minds is a story of underworld and a crime thriller revolving around various gangs. But this film has something more interestingly involved with the intriguing story – It is the fight for the throne. Who will be the successor of the head honcho from this underworld gang who is on his deathbed? Well, let’s not beat about the bush, coming straight to the inspiring succession battle of mafia don Nawab Khan which revolves around conspiracy, betrayal and deceit. It also has the murderer-police chase. The crux of the story is - who will be the successor to Nawab? And finally, how dirty can one go to get there?
Performances: Jimmy Shergill’s acting prowess brings in a subtle yet very strong thought process that may be running deep down him while performing the character of Javed. Jimmy has definitely evolved in his craft over the time. He has expressed his inner jealous expressions vivaciously while showing the cool on his face. He deserves a pat on his back for having chosen to play the lead in Aazam. Needless to say, Abhimanyu Singh, Raza Murad, Govind Namdev and Sayaji Shinde have performed as usual within the constraints of their characters as we have seen them doing multiple such roles.
Director Shravan Tiwari has succeeded in delivering and creating his own underworld revenge and successor drama with full justice. The gory bloodshed of murders one after the other has been portrayed exquisitely well.
There is suspense as to how the real murderer, sitting in the police station, achieves his motive. The entire film is intense with no heroine, no item numbers and songs, except for the title song, which is played on and off.
The dialogues suit the perfect vocabulary used by the gang members as it’s typical Mumbai colloquial. Jimmy Shergill and the other cast members use the slang which brings scintillating thrilling moments. However, the police authorities’ helplessness has been highlighted through their actions.
Kudos to the fast-paced editing and a tight screenplay that enables the gripping moments always in place. There is nothing much to offer with respect to music. The title song also fails to create that thrill. It is not catchy at all. But all in all, it suits the atmosphere as there is not much scope for any sexy, peppy, foot tapping numbers. All in all, Aazam is a good attempt as Shravan Tiwari has been true to the subject. The film is a one-time watch.