Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) alias Goldman is India’s Most Wanted criminal, who is being protected by the ISI in Pakistan. When deep cover RAW agent Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan) gets to know that Iqbal will be attending his son’s wedding at a plush hotel despite the misgivings of his ISI protectors, he informs his superior Ashwini Rao (Nasser) about it.
Ashwini promptly activates a mission to apprehend Goldman and bring him back and dispatches a team comprising Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal), a former Army Special Forces operative-turned-government assassin, explosives expert Zoya (Huma Qureshi) and another undercover operative Aslam (Akaash Dahiya) to collaborate with Wali and execute the mission.
However, we all know what happens to the best laid plans and when the operation is botched and the Indian government washes its hands off the matter, the four hunters turn into the hunted as Goldman vows to pay them back in blood and tears.
Nikhil Advani attempts a tight and gripping story about undercover agents pretty much like Hollywood’s Zero Dark Thirty. However, it’s the stress on the emotional angle of every character that gets in the way making the film appear prolonged. But that doesn’t take away the fact that he still gets a startling drama which will make you sit at the edge of your seat for most parts.
It’s the story-telling technique of Nikhil in the first half that deserves to be applauded. He proceeds to the crime scene within the initial 15 minutes and rewinds the incident giving it an edgy and pacey build up.
His strength also lies in his casting. Right from having Rishi Kapoor for a fashionably loud, and volatile Iqbal Seth who breathes life into his character to Irrfan Khan who can literally sleep walk into any character under the sun, every character is impactful. Arjun Rampal has excelled himself by leaps and bound and makes a commendable effort of an ex-army man turned RAW Agent delightfully. South actor Nasser fits the bill perfectly and brings the much needed weight to his character. Chandan Roy Sanyal as Iqbal’s bhanja (nephew) is extremely impressive.
There are certain scenes in the film which are exceptionally shot and demand a round of applause. Especially the song sequence over the crime scene of Shruti Haasan who plays a prostitute from Pakistan sheltering Rudra. The cinematography work throughout the film is brilliant as it convincingly establishes the coarse background of Karachi, the gangster stables etc.
Had it not been for a jingoistic speech towards the end and the highly melodramatic familial sagas of each and every character along with predictable turn of events, D-Day could have been a flawless nail-biting thriller which it was throughout the first half. But despite its flaws, the movie still deserves a watch.