Johnny Gaddar - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

It was refreshing to use my brain while watching a movie and finding out that the moviemakers have also done the same while making it. Not flawless, but completely entertaining, Johnny Gaddar is a must watch!



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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Four members of smuggling gang have a big job at hand. They have planned well to execute it. How the execution takes place is what the movie is all about.

What Worked

  • The different styles of camerawork used to differentiate between different segments of the narrative. Yes, it is a regular technique to do that. But, how the styles flow into each other without being overt is where the finesse of the makers lies.
  • The drone of a tone used by the police announcer on the wireless system is hilarious. He is giving news of accidents, etc in the most unemotional tone, signifying the triteness of it all.
  • The titles of the movie. A wonderful tribute to the genre and style of the 70s - in more than one ways.
  • Thank you, Mr. Cinematographer only your skill could make Pune airport look so pretty.
  • The way Vikram’s character smartens up and gains confidence as the movie progresses.
  • The way the intermission shows up on the screen - if a cinematic liberty has to be taken, this is how stylishly it should be done .
  • The camerawork from the water tank’s point of view in a very important scene.
  • The way the breaking of the glass is captured when a coffee table breaks.

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

  • Dharmendra! Him, the lines given to him, the actions given to him - judging the authenticity of money by listening to the flicks of the currency bundle? Please!!
  • Why would Vikram sit on the side of the train that is closer to the platform if he did not want to be discovered by the people on the platform?
  • How does Prakash know they are ‘his’ counterfeit currency notes?