It’s a cop-out
Kabeer Kaushik’s Maximum, oscillating between docu-drama and action thriller, lands up somewhere between the two and nowhere in particular. The story is predictable, the screenplay lacklustre and the characters undercooked. There was potential for the film to be a taut cop drama — despite the seen-before encounter specialist angle — but it ends up as a cop-out. You’ll be counting the minutes before the film reaches culmination, one that’s far from
The story’s set in 2003, a time when Mumbai police had clamped down on the underworld. Leading the pack is Pratap Pandit (Sonu Sood), a famous encounter specialist who dominates the force. This is post Ab Tak Chhappan (although certain elements, like a don calling the sh
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All of this takes up the pre-interval portion. The problem is: you see it all coming. The concept of a cop going up against another cop makes for an interesting premise, but the films finds it hard to shirk off the ‘yet-another-Mumbai-based-cop-drama’ tag, mainly because you, more or less, know how things will progress. It doesn’t help that Inamdar’s character is sloppily sketched, and it’s the rare film you’ll find Shah to be unremarkable in.
Kaushik takes forever to establish the plot and a few interesting characters (a north Indian politician played by Vinay Pathak, and a young journalist played by Amit Sadh). And every time you expect the film to grab your attention, the narrative slips off. The director, whose debut film, Sehar is as watchable as his second film, Chamku is forgettable, shows command over the craft in individual scenes. But when it comes to narrating a cohesive plot, Kaushik falls short.
Sood is impressive as Pandit. Pathak is refreshingly cast as a politician with a sense of humour. The most impressive actor of the lot is Sadh, who plays a young out-of-town political journalist grappling with the city.
Ticking all boxes you expect from a film belonging to the genre, Maximum ends up as a ‘me too’ among many RGV-inspired films in the last few years, even though that may not have been the intention. Sadly, there was potential.
Film Maximum (Hindi)
Director Kabeer Kaushik
CAST Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Amit Sadh and Naseeruddin Shah
Verdict: sadly a drag
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