The ApunKaChoice movie review of Tezz. Welcome to Londonpur. In what seems like a turning of the tables on the once colonial British, Priyadarshan makes the capital of the gora log look like an Indian backyard in his actioner Tezz. The broody, vengeful protagonist (Ajay Devgan) who unleashes terror on the city by planting a bomb in London-Glasgow train is an Indian. The suave guy spearheading the counter terrorism command is an Indian (Anil Kapoor). The head of the rail network in London is an Indian (Boman Irani). And the special forces cop (Mohanlal) is again…you got it right…an Indian. Admitted that we are a patriotic lot, but Priyan…thoda limit mein toh rakhna tha.
Alright, we know Tezz is a Bollywood film and there’s no fun if we don’t see desi faces spouting lofty dialogues and acting as if the world’s fate rested on their timely decisions. Moving on, rather chugging on, we find some welcome respite in finely filmed and choreographed chase sequences featuring Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan. If Sameera is a speed demon on a motorbike, Zayed is a Parkour man, jumping over the hedges and ledges. What are they doing in the film? They help the sulky Ajay Devgan execute his mission to terrorize Londonpur and hold an entire city to ransom. Why they do it? There is a back story about Ajay helping them in an hour of need, but it lacks conviction and, frankly, you wouldn’t want to know it. Equally lacking in conviction is the reason for Devgan to go about bombing trains? An illegal migrant whose family life went for a toss after he was deported from England now returning to exact revenge, Dennis Hopper style, hardly makes for a convincing plot.
And there is also Kangana Ranaut (as Devgan’s wife), who’s thankfully shunted to the sidelines for most part of the plot, and then brought in the picture in the latter half in a reunion scene with Devgan and one can safely say their chemistry is thanda than Londonpur’s climate on winter solstice.
So what’s good in Tezz? -- the action, the stunts and the chase sequences. Action choreographers Gareth Milne and Peter Pedrero rise above the flimsy plot (which anyway isn’t original) and deliver some breathtaking sequences on the clean streets of London. The blowing away of a freight train, Sameera Reddy’s sinuous manipulation on the mobike, Zayed Khan’s simian leaps and jumps, Ajay Devgan’s powerplay, and -- lo and behold -- even the 52-year-old Anil Kapoor joins the adrenaline club with some neatly executed stunts. It’s in these moments the roller-coaster of Tezz hits the crest.
It troughs when the film meanders into unnecessary melodrama, trying to provide an emotive thread to the plot. The climax, too, is a bit outstretched and even leaves a room for the sequel. Aur Tezz, anyone!
Performances are good but nothing to go gaga about. Anil Kapoor is the best of the lot, followed by Ajay Devgan who needn’t have tried hard to look sullen and broody in the first place. He delivers a performance that’s strictly average. Zayed Khan does well by not trying hard to ‘act’, and Sameera Reddy impresses you with her derring-do.
The cinematography by Tirru is good, but the same can’t be said of the music by Sajid-Wajid. Moreover, just when Tezz hits the ground running, we are foisted with a Mallika Sherawat item number ‘Laila’. Coming in the middle of everything fast, this item only makes you furious.
Nutshell: Tezz is a bumpy roller-coaster ride with a predictable plot and gratuitous melodrama. The only saving grace is its action.