Parineeti Chopra Starrer is one of those movies you watch and don’t tell anyone about
Featured cast: Parineeti Chopra, Sharad Kelkar, Harrdy Sandhu, Rajit Kapur, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Shishir Sharma, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Deesh Mariwala
Director: Ribhu Dasgupta
What’s good: Theaters these days are equipped with superb padded seats for maximum comfort, providing the flexibility to sleep when you feel like it.
What’s wrong : Code name: Tiranga
Toilet break: Pick any scene and let it pee, come back and you’ll always be ahead of everything in the movie
Watch or not? : Only if your home’s air conditioning has stopped working and you want some alone time as there won’t be many people for it
Available on: Theaters (Fortunately!)
Duration: Run-you-still-have-time! 137 minutes
Ismat (or Kismat with silent K because there’s no ‘talent’ for doing something natural here) bumps into Ali Mirza (Harrdy Sandhu) in Afghanistan while catching the same taxi as they all shared the two a similar destination i.e. Pyaar Nagar and that’s where they go, as a passable song fast forwards their story.
Back at work, Ismat is actually Durga, an undercover cop sent by R&AW and she’s just using the sweet innocent doctor Mirza to her advantage. She wants to get rid of Khalid Omar (Sharad Kelkar) because he attacked the Indian parliament in 2002. What about those who are not added to attack from within? Upon reaching Omar, Ismat’s kismat causes her to coincidentally meet Mirza again in Turkey. She must choose between her love and her country and we all know what she had to choose.
Codename: Tiranga Movie Review: Script Analysis
Ribhu Dasgupta’s concept is brilliant and surely must have been a good one-line pitch, but the problems start when you start adding stuff to it. This movie boasts of terrorists who keep their picture as the phone wallpaper, it has a climax straight out of Call Of Duty (FPP style) which was much better handled in the climax of Force 2, reaching the main antagonist who is miles away while blindfolded just because you were in the same condition when you met him before and a lot of that stuff showing that no homework was done before to finalize this.
Speaking of “no homework”, isn’t it an irony how you build a story around the smartest research and analysis (RAW) wing in the country and you only did any research to do the same? These films mainly work on the brain and the muscles, both of which cannot be found in this one. Tribhuvan Babu Sadineni’s cinematography tries extremely hard to keep at least one department out of the chaos and it does it quite well. COD mess aside, in the end the camera work is smooth but Parineeti’s face is very conveniently covered by something or the other (burqa, a face covering mask) to let the body doubles do their thing work.
Because editor Sangeeth Prakash Varghese had so much to pack, the 137 minutes sure felt like 180-190 minutes with a longing to see “The End” chart.
Code Name: Tiranga Movie Review: Star Performance
There are scenes in which Parineeti Chopra acts like there’s no tomorrow and she now officially has Bollywood’s worst “smoldering face”. The need to constantly look and feel “cool” kills other important nuances of his character. Before this movie, I thought it was only me lucky enough to have a shitty love story, but you have to look at what even Parineeti’s Ismat and Harrdy Sandhu’s Mirxa are doing.
The superficial and confused antagonist of Sharad Kelkar never allows him to act optimally. Harrdy Sandhu had every chance to sing “Saari umar main joker jeha banya reha, tere piche eh zindgi circus ho gayi” but he didn’t and I’m deeply disappointed. After an impressive debut in ’83, Sandhu proved he’s better than that. Rajit Kapur & Dibyendu Bhattacharya add to the list of brilliant actors wasted due to a rudimentary plot.
Codename: Tiranga Film Review: Direction, Music
Ribhu Dasgupta’s post The Girl on the Train is back with this, making the Netflix movie look like it could win an Oscar. The formula has things from Baby, Ek Tha Tiger, Naam Shabana, Tiger Zinda Hai etc. but she falls far short of them when it comes to plot execution.
Gilad Benamram’s background score is not really well integrated into the proceedings to stand out. Ordinary.
Codename: Tiranga Movie Review: The Last Word
Ultimately, Parineeti Chopra’s code name: Tiranga is one of those movies that you watch and don’t tell anyone about.
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Code name: Tiranga released on October 14, 2022.
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