Cast: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani, Mohan Lal, Sameera Reddy and Kangna Ranaut
Producer: Ratan Jain
Music: Wajid Ali
By Prerrna Seth/ Kreative Access Media
A rip off of films like ‘The Bullet Train’, ‘Speed’ and India’s very own ‘The Burning Train’, Priyadarshan’s ‘Tezz’ is a film with a confused genre that has nothing to boast about apart from the item number ‘Laila’ that apparently was an afterthought and a couple of honest performances by Boman Irani and Sameera Reddy.
The film is about a group of illegal Indian immigrants in the UK who counter attack the government on been thrown out of the country. They put a bomb on the London-Glasgow train and demand for a huge sum of money as compensation for the lost years of their lives.
The main issue with the film is that in the verge of making it an action packed thriller, Priyadarshan fails to focus on what could be the essence of the film that, around which the story revolves. The emotions behind the train bombing are just sprinkled for the sake of it resulting in a disconnect between the audience and the film.
The team promoted the film as an out-an-out action flick, saying that it has got a very international feel and the stunt master hired is the one who did stunts for ‘Bourne Identity’, but the action too seems fake as the basic story has no novelty and many loose ends.
Talking about the performances, Ajay Devgn tries to give his best and is successful. Anil Kapoor too is good in the film. While Zayed Khan cannot act, Kangna Ranaut has very little to do. She is okay in the climax. Who impresses more is Sameera Reddy and Boman Irani who do an earnest job. Both the actors gave their heart and soul to the film.
The talented Mohan Lal seems to have been wasted. Avika Gor is a pleasant watch while the rest of the supporting cast is decent. Mallika Sherawat’s ‘Laila’ is quite the highlight of the film instead of the action.
Though, the film is really fast paced, the cinematography is decent, the music okay, what it misses is a soul. The train bombing being the central plot, more of the film is about a cop chasing the criminal. But scenes that make the most impact are the ones that include the train sequence. The dialogues are pretty average and at times make you laugh at an emotional scene too.
Director Priyadarshan, here completely misses the point and just to make it an action Masala entertainer goes off track, unlike the train that finally is saved from being exploded. Whatever saving grace of the film is lies in the performances. Overall, Tezz’ is an average film with above average performances.