Though Vikram Bhatt's directorial venture Mr. X has released with a lot of fanfare, sadly the film doesn't live up to the expectations. In fact, if Mr. India is one of your favourite movies then you better stay away from this one because its not even close to being 21st century Mr. India as Emraan claimed while talking to us...
Before I go ahead and write the review of Mr. X, let me tell you that I do believe Emraan Hashmi is a good actor. As much as I want, he may never get rid off of his 'serial kisser' tag but that doesn't take away the fact that he can act and act really well!However, lately his choice of films hasn't worked wonders at the box office and I won't be surprised if that happens with Mr. X too. Starring Emraan in the lead alongside Amyra Dastur and Arunoday Singh, this sci-fi thriller is directed by Vikram Bhatt and produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt. Since the whole invisible element has been brought on the big screen after a long time, I was excited about watching this flick that too in 3D. Not to forget, The Dirty Picture actor had raised eyebrows when his first look from the film was released. Remember Hashmi's creepy bald avatar? That certainly raised my curiosity level. And then of course the B-town hunk had even told us during an interview, "I would say Mr. X is 21st century’s Mr India. Its darker, more edgier and more naughtier." How I wish if it was true at least a wee bit if not entirely...
What's it about
Raghuram Rathod (Emraan Hashmi) is an ATD (Anti Terrorist Department) officer who is madly in love with his colleague Siya Varma (Amyra Dastur). Amidst a romantic number, Rathod proposes Siya and the two plan to get married. But before their wedding, both of them have a mission to complete. Raghuram and Siya are asked to protect the chief minister whose assassination has been planned. Turns out its ATD head Bhardwaj (Arunoday Singh) who is the mastermind behind this assassination plan. He forces Raghuram to kill the chief minister and the latter does because that's the only way he can save Siya who has no clue about this whole drama. As soon as Raghuram Rathod executes the assassination, the whole ATD team wants him dead and they do come close to killing him. They blast the place where Raghuram is kept captive but miraculously the honest ATD officer doesn't die. Though his body is severely burnt and his cellular structure isn't the same, Rathod survives. He then contacts Popo ( played by AIB member Tanmay Bhat) who rushes to help Raghuram. Popo's sister, who works at a pharmaceutical company, comes to their rescue. Raghu is asked to gulp down a blue liquid which may kill him or better his condition. Obviously, the blue liquid works in favour of Raghuram's condition but it transforms him into an invisible man who can be seen only in day light or under the neon lights during the night. That's when the story of Mr. X actually takes off as Raghu decides to take revenge from Bhardwaj and his team.
Apart from a song or two, there is hardly anything which will keep you glued to the screens. The last half and hour of the film has been shot abroad and I have to admit, the locations very beautiful. Especially the house where Siya and Raghu stay together. As far as the performances are concerned, Arunoday Singh plays his part well and he stands out only because the rest of the star cast fails to impress with their act. The whole invisible act by Emraan Hashmi for the first 10 to 15 minutes is fun but then it gets really boring.
To begin with, I have to say the story of Mr. X will test your patience. Trust me, I felt like walking out of the theatre quite a few times. Not only is the story very confusing, after a point it just doesn't make sense. As I said in my quick review, there is romance, action, drama, random lip-locks, songs- too much happening at the same time. It's all just a mess. Emraan Hashmi as Raghuram Rathod is decent. But he doesn't pack a solid punch with his act solely because his role isn't well defined. Even the dialogues given to him aren't whistle-bajao types. Coming to Amyra Dastur, she looks pretty in every frame but as an ATD officer she isn't convincing at all. I remember watching Taapsee Pannu in Baby. Though she had a very small role, Taapsee proved her mettle as an actor and played the role of a secret agent to perfection. With Amyra, the problem is she fails to get into the skin of the character. Usually, an Emraan Hashmi film is high on music but the same cannot be said about Mr. X. Teri Khusboo by Arijit Singh is a decent hear and so is Tu Jo Hai by Ankit Tiwari. But nothing extraordinary in the music department that I can boast about.
Buy a DVD of Anil Kapoor and Sridevi starrer Mr. India this weekend and watch it with your family because spending a single penny on Mr. X is a crime!
0.5 out of 5
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