Mission Istanbul - Notepad

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
quick review:

This mission is filled with convenient coincidences & sprinkled with Apoorva Lakhia style gore. It pretends to be smart in the beginning and loses interest in that too post-interval.



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Plot Summary

Vikas Saagar (Zayed Khan), almost a divorcee is in Istanbul for a dangerous reporting job. Only the TV channel hiring him seems to be more than just another channel.

Note: There were a couple of scenes that just made me curious. One was where it seems like Zayed Khan is looking at a Vivek Oberoi's locket (at the cemetery), but the angle is just not right from where he is standing in reference to Vivek Oberoi. So, why did they make him look in that angle? Absolutely similarly, there is this 'mountain dew' scene where it seems like Vivek Oberoi this time is looking at Shweta Bharadwaj's cleavage, but the angels don't match up. Why give that feel?

What Worked

  • Some of the actions scenes were enjoyable for hardcore gore lovers. I'm not one, but could stomach what was shown here. And, whether I like it or not, I've always admired the destructive creativity. I especially loved the villain's affinity to break LCD screens!!

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

  • Why-o-why does a senior journalist like Suniel Shetty know how to shoot around and fight like a guerilla warrior?
  • The look Shweta Bharadwaj (Liza Lobo) gives in the camera after the party song. That's so soap opera-ish.
  • The whole 13th floor set was shoddy including the all-important lift!
  • What a lame excuse for Vikas Saagar to be chosen for the job by Rizwan Khan (Vivek Oberoi)!?! That he has computer-phobia!
  • The absolutely predictable cheesy gore used to get to the 13th floor! Shheeesh!!
  • How come the surveillance cameras know who the viewer is looking at and follows the object all along?!
  • The sudden infusion of attempted-comedy using Mountain Dew and George Bush. Seriously, what was all that about?! How did it fit into the story?
  • I found the gunman in the helicopter trying to refill his machine gun extremely amusing. Just to clear the air, I was laughing at the writer who wrote the scene not with him.
  • Did they just make the pen drive survive a swim in the sea?
  • The entire 'try to hide because my photo's in the newspaper' sequence was such a sham! They were literally painting the town red!
  • Did Vikas say "jacket" when he meant "cap" which by the way, he was going to wear to disguise himself!?
  • The dumb villains who take forever to walk and stall so that they can be beaten up!


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Did Vikas Saagar call his soon to be ex-wife, who he was trying to woo, 'dumbo'? Men! I tell ya...