Department Movie Review
Department follows Ram Gopal Varma’s pet theme of dons-versus-cops and has been shot with hand-held Canon EOS 5D cameras.
The Maharashtra government, concerned with the growing clout of the underworld, decides to constitute a separate Department to deal with the menace. It is in the purview of Sarjerao Gaekwad (Amitabh Bachchan) a don-turned-politician, now a minister. The special Department is headed by police officer Mahadev Bhosle (Sanjay Dutt) assisted by Shivnarayan (Rana Daggubati). Their target is don Sawathiya (Vijay Raaz) and his gang of goons. The don has two odd jobs(Abhimanyu Singh and Madhu Shalini). Will the Department achieve its goal of eliminating don Sawathiya? What is the role of don-turned-politician Sarjerao Gaekwad? Does he support the Department or the dons? These questions are answered in an action packed climax.
Amitabh Bachchan has a typical costume as a politician but his role is slightly bigger than a cameo and somehow he doesn’t make an impact. Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati appear as cruel as the dons mercilessly killing the denizens of the dungeons. Anjana Sukhani and Lakshmi Manchu are just ornamental props. Vijay Raaz is miscast as a don. Abhimanyu Singh and Madhu Shalini are listless. All others are either killers or get killed without the need for emoting.
The three principal characters do not have any dramatic confrontation and the entire focus is on action which means unlimited violence. Thus the screenplay is not taut enough to hold the continued attention of the audience. The unorthodox and odd cinematic angles somehow look out of place in the absence of a strong storyline. The item song by Nathalia Kaur is thrust into the proceedings and is more sleazy than erotic. The music and sound design are ok.
Ram Gopal Varma is known for intense gang war films like Satya, Company and Sarkar. Somehow Department is nowhere near those films. RGV raises high expectations with Department and thoroughly disappoints.
The Cast and Crew
Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati, Anjana Sukhani, Lakshmi Manchu, Vijay Raaz, Abhimanyu Singh, Madhu Shalini, Nathalia Kaur and others.
Production: Ram Gopal Varma
Banner: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Music: Dharam Sandeep, Bappa Lahiri, Vikram Nagi
Direction: Ram Gopal Varma
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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