Dishkiyaoon is 1 hour 58 minutes long but after sitting through this film, I felt like making my way through a never ending drudge of murky and disarming quicksand of bad execution of an interesting screenplay. Yes the film’s screenplay does have its share of merits and the biggest of them being that this is a “more brains and less muscle” take on the gangster story but somewhere down the line, the screenplay gets so convoluted and the happenings so unnecessarily intense and murky that the pleasure of the story is perpetually lost. It would not be wrong to call this film a good idea gone waste because of some acute lack in depth of execution on part of the director.
Dishkiyaoon relates the story of Vicky Kartoos (Harman Baweja), a guy who wanted to be a gangster from his childhood. He is introduced to the world of crime by Tony (Prashant Narayanan) who in turns becomes his biggest patron. Vicky walks into the world of crime when a major shift in power is happening between two factions lead by Khaleefa (Sumeet Nijhawan) and Gujjar (Rajesh Vivek). Vicky creates an ingenuous plan to dethrone Gujjar which is hijacked by a close associate of Khaleefa and passed off as his own. Khaleefa takes it all and Gujjar is thrown into oblivion but Vicky also gains nothing and is thrown in prison for four years.
He meets Lakwa (Sunny Deol) there and after hearing his story, Lakwa decides to help him extract his revenge. Buoyed by his new found power and confidence, Vicky makes his way through the ranks of Khaleefa only to be stumbled upon at every step until his finally reaches his destiny where again his fortune swings the other way around. IN the meanwhile he also finds time to make out with a friend’s girlfriend which comes back to bite him bad in the end and also genuinely romance a girl named Meera (Ayesha Khanna).
The story has almost too much happening to be condensed into a 2 hour affair. The screenplay is loaded with subplots and at many junctures the subplots take the center stage leading the story away from its point. However within moments the screenplay comes back to sense and tries to screech back on track. Harman Baweja’s acting has not improved over the years and it works like a stickler for a great part of the narrative. When he shares the screen with a natural like Sunny Deol, his handicaps for a plethora of emotions is vindicated in the cruelest of manners possible. He is out shown by actors like Prashant Narayanan, who in his brief stay makes quite an impact. Anand Tiwari as Rocky Chutiya is another plus for the film. He is constantly irritating as his role demanded and leaves very little to complain. Sunny Deol has what can be at best sighted as a cameo but a very important one at that and he does well.
The film’s music is ordinary and the fact that songs and dance routines pop up every now and then is at best misleading. With so much happening in the plot, every time a song pops in, the audience has to re-concentrate and gather back exactly what was happening before we broke into some bloody dance. The editing is good and the cinematography is apt but nothing to write home about. The initial sequences where Sunny Deol and Harman have a communion seemed like being shot in some desolate warehouse, before we get to know that it is in fact a jail cell. That was flaw as far as the art department is concerned.
Overall, Dishkiyaoon had a lot of promise but it fails to deliver each and every one of them. With bad acting from the protagonist, the film ran out of options to recover. A massively laid out narrative and convoluted plot twists are also not the ones that go well with the Indian audiences unless the director’s name reads Abbas-Mustan. Thus Dishkiyaaoon can be summarized as an opportunity gone waste. It has a decent plot but the entertainment quotient leaves a lot to be desired.