The talented director Mohit Suri (Zeher, Kalyug, Woh Lamhe) who’s been on a hit directing spree is back with Awaarapan. Here he tackles the sensitive subject of Human Trafficking and its connections with the underworld along with an addition of spirituality. The movie stars the blue-eyed-boy of the Bhatts, Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Saran, debutante Mrinalini Sharma and Ashutosh Rana.
Shivam (Emraan Hashmi) works for Malik (Ashutosh Rana) an Underworld don. One day he’s asked by Malik to keep an eye on his mistress Reema (Mrinalini Sharma) and when informed of her infidelity, is ordered by Malik to liquidate her. Shivam is suddenly haunted by his tragic past
involving his ill fated love story with Aliya (Shreya Saran) and the decisions he takes from this step take him down a path of redemption, rediscovery of the spirituality hidden within him, violence and sacrifice.
The story has been inspired by the korean movie ‘A Bittersweet Life’ (2002) as well as Rakesh Roshan’s 1997 flick Koyla (Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Amrish Puri). But Mohit Suri’s take on the movie is radically different and is extremely watchable. The screenplay is taut and never gets tedious or dull at any point. The characters are well written and have been properly fleshed out. Even the songs form a part of the movie as they blend in with the narration except the 1st song Mahiya which needs to be edited out from the movie. The cinematography is extremely stylish and Hong Kong looks good. The songs have been picturised very well.
Emraan Hashmi successfully sheds his Kissing Hero tag and effortlessly slips into the role of a bandit haunted by his past. Mrinalini Sharma makes an impact on her 1st acting performance (Earlier seen in Apaharan as the nightclub dancer). Shreya Saran stands out with her
innocent looks and endearing performance in her few minutes on screen. Ashutosh Rana is back after a brief hiatus and captures all the nuances of his character perfectly. Ashish Vidyarthi however is wasted. Purab Kohli is equally chilling as the psychotic Munna. Shaad
Randhawa, Salil Acharya and Rehan Khan can be added to the ever growing list of upcoming talent.
The music of the movie is melodious and haunting especially To Phir Aao and Tera Mera Rishta.
However the movie faces a few problems as well. The storyline is too dark and disturbing and is not for those who wish to watch something lighter. Even the violence while important in the movie is extremely graphic and intense to watch.
Overall Awarapan can be rated as a superior and polished product from Vishesh Films.Rating: