The Badlands of the Gangster
'Prassthanam', adapted from the 2010 Telugu film with the same name has a 'Godfather'-ish tone, multiple, layered narratives and an exciting backdrop of the badlands of Uttar Pradesh which are entertaining roght from 2018, with the gripping web series "Mirzapur", and as recently as Ayushmann Khurrana's "Article 15". And after all of it, I am feeling let down.
The film is visually constructive. Its architecture too is admirable. But the film doesn't put its taut ensemble cast consisting of Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff and Chunky Pandey to a good use. All of them, except Manisha Koirala's wonderfully styled look, look, sound and are dull. Ali Fazl and Amaira Dastur do put effort in their roles, and that must be admired since theirs is a clichéd libe story still resonant to an extent.
'Prassthanam' is not bad at all. But it is exhausting and it fails to delivers as much as its narrative could have. It's a 2.5 out of 5 for 'Prassthanam'. Make sure you exit the theatre in the noisy portions.