Ayushmann Khurrana Packs a Punch in This Cat-and-Mouse Chase Between Trigger-Happy Men

Everyone has a gun in their hands. Everyone shoots. Why? Nobody knows? And each time, a bad man is killed. This is precisely what an action hero is. High in action, not just from the hero but even the villains, director Anirudh Iyer’s film has several logic-defying moments. While most of them make you doubt your IQ, you tend to get past them and enjoy the action and fun unfolding of on-screen events. Steeped in dark humor, An Action Hero has witty dialogue, one-liners, and comedic punches that strike the perfect landing. Sometimes even better than the titular action hero in a fight sequence.

Starring Ayushmann Khurrana as action hero Maanav Khurana, the film casts him as that “star” who just rejected a gangster biopic because he wants to stay away from “bhai log and underworld”. Ironically, he turns to Haryana, and while enjoying his new post pack-up trip, he ends up accidentally killing a Vicky Solanki, younger brother of a notorious gangster and Jat neta Bhoora Solanki (Jaideep Ahlawat), who wants now avenge his brother ‘murder’ and kill Maanav. What then ensues is a cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of the UK (you see how the film moves from Haryana to Mumbai to London) with a group of happy gunmen, all aimlessly tugging at each other to climax. which leaves you bewitched.

Iyer, who also wrote the story, took things far beyond our imagination when he didn’t leave us questioning too much. For example, Maanav and Bhoora are flown to London in minutes, and you keep wondering if they didn’t need a visa or pre-bookings? Does Maanav still carry his international passport in his pocket? How is Bhoora even allowed to bring guns into London? In London, Ayushmann so easily takes the London police on a ride, pulling off an escape.

There is a line in the movie: “Action hero ko gussa aata hai toh public ka paisa vasool hota hai”. Ayushmann pretty much sticks to that sentiment, and his conviction in the action scenes shows it. Seeing an actor step out of their comfort zone and try something new and challenging is always a treat for the eyes. Apart from the new chiseled look, he also has some great one-liners to flaunt, such as “Ladna mera kaam hai, shaunk nahi” and “action hero hoon, taakat ka istemaal aakhir mein karta hoon”. Ahlawat with its Haryanvi dialect is once again a master class in acting. Even in the scenes where he just stands there, not saying a word, you get his menacing vibe.

An action hero packs a punch when it comes to showdown scenes between Ayushmann and Jaideep. Otherwise, it remains largely your masala potboiler where hero and villain fight for reasons they know best. The film, which I found lacking in content, makes up for it with a lot of humor through lighter exchanges of dialogue between the enemies, which makes this action thriller a bit funny. Imagine there’s a scene where Bhoora is sitting above Maanav pointing a gun to his head and giving him some sort of lecture on “how audiences make stars, so if they say actors should sing, dance or even agree to pose for Une image’. Neeraj Yadav’s storyline is engaging and gives you an adrenaline rush in these well-choreographed fight sequences. Kaushal Shah’s cinematography is also credited with capturing the campaign so well and I liked how it fit effortlessly into the storyline.

Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat in a still from the film.

One aspect where the film went a bit too far, although I’m not complaining, was the way it showed TRP-hungry news channels and TV presenters with their high-pitched voices calling out Bollywood. Using the popular #BoycottBollywood hashtag seems like a smart way to subtly tackle the current scenario in the entertainment industry. One of the presenters so perfectly mimicking a popular voice on news channels that kind of started his own battle with Bollywood, sparking genuine laughs.

Speaking of laughs, don’t miss the pleasantly surprising cameo of a hilarious, oh-so-spontaneous OG action hero. And of course, special dance sequences from Malaika Arora and Nora Fatehi that may not add much to the story but definitely up the glam quotient.

Watch An Action Hero for some brash, raw action, and if you like cat-and-mouse chasing, you’ll find this mad dash just as funny.

Source: www.hindustantimes.com


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