Saturday, February 6, 2010

Review of Bollywood Movie Striker

Title: Striker

Director: Chandan Arora

Cast: Siddharth, Aditya Pancholi, Anupam Kher, Padmapriya

On February 5, 2010 Chandan Arora’s “Striker” was released in theaters. The movie stars Siddharth, after four years since last appearance in “Rang De Basanti”. Striker is a medium budget movie. The story of the movie is set in the nineties Mumbai underworld and also related to post-Ayodhya communal riots of 1992. Surya (Siddharth) is rebellious young boy but his ill health is his main problem. He can not attend school properly. It was his elder brother who introduces him to carrom and from a very young age he develops a liking towards carrom and becomes a very good carrom player. However, Siddarth dreams to go to Dubai and earn money. He works for three years and gathers enough money to go Dubai. But the employment agency who was supposed to send him to Dubai was a fake one and it took away all his money. This brought him to Jaleel (Aditya Pancholi), one of the most notorious gangsters of that area who also runs a carrom betting racquet. Eventually, Surya beats Jaleel and comes out as a winner. The movie starts with a very promising note. The story was good in the beginning but it failed to hook the audience for a long time. After a promising start the story goes horribly starts to follow the regular Hindi movie cliché type of story telling and this became the major problem with Striker. You will enjoy the beginning of the movie but as it goes on you will start to loss interest. It is a movie that has been stretched out for nothing. Chandan Arora is a very experienced director. He did movies like Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh (2005) and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon (2003). He also edited Company, the famous movie of Ram Gopal Varma. Chandan Arora’s story telling style is very swift. However, the Striker story is nothing very extra ordinary. So, it failed to captivate the audience. However, some of the scenes in the movie were very well shoot that the carrom rounds between Surya and Jaleel were very intense then the movie also captured the nineties in a very detailed and also captured the underworld and people. Overall Striker could have been a decent movie if Chandan Arora paid more attention to the script.

Director of Striker film Chandan Arora is a fan of football. If he is the supporter of Chelsea or Arsenal then he should not miss tomorrow’s important match between Chelsea and Arsenal.