Johnny Gaddaar (2007)

A must watch thriller
Director Sriram Raghavan’s debut film Ek Haseena Thi, starring Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar was average at the box-office but won rave reviews from the critics. After three years of hiatus, the director is back with yet another suspense thriller titled ‘Johnny Gaddar’.

Cast: Dharmendra, Neil Mukesh, Rimi Sen, Vinay Pathak

Many films that released this year are inspirations of Hollywood movies or Bollywood classics. Johnny Gaddar is no exception. The title of the film is Raghavan’s way of paying homage to veteran director Vijay Anand. Some of the script is borrowed from James Hadley Chase novels and the Big B starrer Parwana, which is clearly revealed in the movie as Johnny is show watching the movie and takes inspiration to double cross his business associates.

Johnny Gaddar isn’t a whodunit thriller. Actually the title reveals the mystery. A gang of five semi-criminals hatch a plan to make quick money.The toughest among them travels from Mumbai to Bangalore with two and a half crore in cash. From the onset, we know that Johnny is the gaddar. But we don’t know if and how he will get away with it. What follows is clever cat and mouse game in which Johnny, through wits and dumb luck, manages to stay just a little ahead of his friends.

Director Sriram Raghavan is in Harry Potter language, a master of the dark arts. His last film, Ek Hasina Thi ended with Saif Ali Khan being eaten alive by rats. Johnny Gaddar isn’t wholesome entertainment either – there’s blood, action, lots of dead bodies and one excruciating torture scene.
But Johnny is a far more fun than Hasina. Sriram, a devotee of Vijay Anand and James Hadley Chase, has created slick pulp fiction.

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