Iqbal aka Goldman, clearly modelled after Dawood Ibrahim, is the most wanted man in India. Well, one thing is clear now. After ‘D-Day’, Nikhil Advani is undoubtedly going to be the most wanted director in the thriller genre.
After directing a typical Joharesque film, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and films like “Chandni Chowk to China”, Advani springs a surprise with a racy thriller packed with both edge of the seat anticipation as well as emotional drama.
Dawood has been a favourite Bollywood subject for years.This time, the script uses several interesting elements about him and weaves a clever, wishful, fictitious story that both thrills you and moves you.
The film opens to an action packed sequence playing to “Dumadum Mast Kalandar” ending in a stupendous shoot out that leaves you guessing the outcome. The entire first half leading to the interval is exhilarating as it takes you to each character’s life and well chosen locales of Karachi including the red light district of Napier Road, and the Empress Market lanes.
Four Indian R&AW agents are in Karachi on a mission to nab Iqbal (Rishi Kapoor) and hand him over alive to the Indian Government. Wali (Irrfan Khan ) runs a small barbershop as his undercover guise. He loves his wife and school going son and wants to whisk them away to London for their safety. Rudra (Arjun Rampal) chooses his hideout with a prostitute (Shruti Hassan) and ends up falling for her. Zoya’s (Huma Qureshi) marriage is on the verge of breaking down because of her work. Aslam (Aakash Dahia) has managed to infiltrate Iqbal’s circle as a driver.
The story deftly moves between what each one has on stake along with their own life viz a viz their strong allegiance to the country and their eventual deadly encounter with Iqbal.
The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Niranjan Iyengar’s lyrics simply enthrall and engage. One particular song,’Alvida’ stands out in its stunning picturisation on Arjun Rampal and Shruti.
Amongst the actors, Irrfan stands out as usual. Aakash Dahiya is good and the rest are adequate. Rishi Kapoor with his Dawood hairstyle and pink glasses, manages to mould himself in his threatening persona but gets a little ‘filmy’ towards the end.
If for nothing else, watch D-Day for one dreamy moment of seeing ‘Dawood’ seated between R&AW agents in the backseat of a car.