Department - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

The perennial "right vs. wrong" debate is put up against a new-sounding "Smartness vs 'an A-Rated word'". This complex debate soon becomes incomprehensible as characters become more and more ambiguous. Vague characters can be interesting but the experimentation with the camera is too distracting for anything else to be processed satisfactorily.

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Plot Summary

Mahadeo (Sanjay Dutt) is asked to setup a department called 'Department' to cleanse Mumbai of its mafia - no restrictions - Just point and shoot!

What Worked

  • The absolutely vulgar item number. It worked in creating the disgust it intended to create.
  • One shot, where there is a tight closeup of Vijay Raaz, Abhimany Singh and Madhu Shalini
  • The way the character, Gauri is handled.
  • Amitabh's analogy with Buddha.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The first shot in slo-mo. Sets the tone.
  • The DVD print look which looked like it was being screened in the wrong aspect ratio - most likely because of the way the cameras were used.
  • Given the climax of the film, why would Mahadeo enroll Shiv (Rana Daggubati) in the 'Department' at all?
  • In one scene where members of the Department are scouring for a killer on the road, trying to identify him before he makes the kill, they discard one man because he is blind! Couldn't the assassin take on the look of a blind person!?
  • In the same scene, why was the phone slid into the victim's pocket?!
  • In the Yerwada blind school scene, how did Sanjay Dutt come through a window into a room in the school? In the shot before that he was in the school!
  • In the same scene, how come a gangster who was thrown on his back not get up while Sanjay Dutt is doing all the histrionics?
  • The bath-tub scene.
  • The shots where the camera is supposedly in the interior of a teacup/glass of water were outright hilarious!
  • Dance choreographers making an appearance in songs without any reason for them to be there.
  • Songs being in the film without any reason for them to be there.
  • The film being in the theater without....