CAST: Jaideep Ahlawat, Aakash Dahiya, Vansh Bhardwaj, Chandrachoor Rai, Shadab Kamal, Jatin Sarna, Nikhil Punia
DIRECTION: Zeishan Quadri
STORY: A group of Meerut rogues aspire to become crime kingpins and local politicos. But, a major kidnapping makes them lose their all.
REVIEW: The only respite in Meeruthiya Gangsters is the sly humour writer-director Zeishan Quadri laces his lines with. Barring that, there is hardly a show of his inspired writing. A bunch of dreamy-eyed local goons creating havoc – is a story we’ve often explored on celluloid and has now ceased to be as inventive or impressive as before. Drawing from the baleful sphere, Quadri dishes out an insipid formulaic story that follows the routine of staple gangster sagas in Bollywood.
Ever since Anurag Kashyap familiarised us with this sinister world in Gangs of Wasseypur, filmmakers have been churning out shabby clones of it. Since Quadri has been mentored by him, the loyal protege follows Kashyap’s blueprint to the tee, and knows how to add the much-needed fun to salvage his film.
For the first hour, cheeky dialogues create an appealing mirage but clenched-teeth swag, unnecessary kidnappings, needless buddy fall-outs and cop chases later, you feel drained. Quadri pilfers the essence of films we’ve watched and loved, but fails to bring in their stirring spunk.
The primary problem here is that it doesn’t remain dedicated to its central plot. The film allows its energies to meander into its superfluous sub-plots, which dilutes the drama of the story. The gang of six keep you entertained with their antics for a while, but there is a noticeable lack of intensity, which compromises the overall zest. For a crime saga, the film misses the mandatory grit.
Quadri adopts a non-linear mode of storytelling, which makes the narrative frequently lose plot. A few standalone scenes work, mostly the ones that render some comic relief, but the general lack of novelty makes it a tragic bore.
To their credit, actors like Jaideep Ahlawat and Shadab Kamal score and seasoned performers like Mukul Dev and Sanjay Mishra are adept, but none can lift the movie from its banal mediocrity.
Meeruthiya Gangsters has flashes of Quadri’s brilliance, but the underwhelming script squanders all potential.