REVIEW – Mission Istanbul – A flight of imagination on a fight against terrorism
The Cast & Crew
Zayed Khan ,Vivek Oberoi, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Shriya Saran, Sunil Shetty, Nikitin Dheer , Shweta Bharadwaj, Abhishek Bachchan
Directed by Apoorva Lakhia
Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Sunil Shetty,Shabbir Boxwala
Written by Apoorva Lakhia
Story: Suresh Nair
Dialogue: Raj Vasant
Music by Anu Malik, Shamir Tandon, Mika Singh, Chitrantan Bhatt
Cinematography Gururaj R. Jois
This is director Apoorva Lakhia’s take on terrorism showing the gory face of terror, the mask of inhumanity and the ugly side of destruction. This is a fast paced action thriller with exotic locales and superlative stuntmanship.
Vikas (Zayed Khan) is a well known TV journalist in India. Owais (Suniel Shetty), heads an Istanbul-based television news channel Al Johara, which telecasts news and messages of terrorists. Owais makes Vikas an attractive offer to head the channel and he accepts the offer as a way out, because he was facing a divorce from his wife Anjali (Shriya Saran).
Once Vikas goes to Istanbul his life has changed forever. Owais is killed and Turkish commando Rizwan (Vivek Oberoi) tells Vikas that he too would be killed by terrorists, if he decides to quit. Both of them are dragged into the vortex of International terrorism and their only way of survival is to fight terror with terror.
Vivek Oberoi and Zayed Khan produced very competent performances in their action oriented roles. Shriya Saran is her usual self, but her part is too small to show any histrionics.. Shweta Bhardwaj does well in the live-wire stunts.
Suniel Shetty as usual gives an adequate performance in his cameo.. Nikitin Dheer is electric and effective. He looks a very promising prospect in Bollywood. Shabbir Ahluwalia did a fabulous job. Abhishek is in and out in his special appearance.
The story is a straight gambit to involve action and the screenplay is gripping in tune with such genre of films. The direction is good, but too many cinematic licenses have been taken to make the narration credible.
The action sequences have all been splendidly composed and will attract the stunt buffs. The cinematography is simply exhilarating and breathtaking. The music is average, but the audiography enlivens the visual narration.
Employing look-alikes of George Bush and Osama bin Laden in the film is a good ploy. Inclusion of real life incidents gives a docu-film feel. The fight between the two protagonists and an army of terrorists is too cinematic to be impressive, except for the slickly shot action scenes. The production values are on par with the international standards.
After Shoot-out at Lakdawala, the director Apoorva Lakhia’s view of international terrorism through Mission Istanbul is worth a dekho.
3 out of 5