Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
Direction: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
The hardest thing about Tevar is reconciling the director with the film. Amit Ravindernath Sharma is an award-winning advertising whiz kid. Among his many triumphs is a commercial for Google about two childhood friends who lose each other during Partition and are reunited by their Google-empowered grandchildren. But Tevar shows only intermittent flashes of his enormous talent. An adaptation of the Telugu blockbuster Okkadu, Tevar is tiring, predictable, and largely banal.
Pintoo (Arjun Kapoor) lives in Agra. Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha) is a Mathura girl. Their paths cross when Radhika is being abducted by Bhahubali Gajendra (Manoj Bajpayee). Gajendra is your run-of-the-mill UP criminal politician. Gajendra sees Radhika and becomes mesmerised. She tries to get away. Pintoo comes to the rescue and they spend the rest of the film trying to outrun Gajendra. What’s interesting here is the idea of a psychotic killer being undone by love. Amit creates some striking sequences.
His supporting cast feature some real standouts. The camerawork by Laxman Utekar is distinctive. But the film remains tonally inconsistent. The result is a mishmash that left me exhausted and unsatisfied. However, I’m looking forward to Amit’s next film. Tevar is a bumpy start but I think more exciting cinematic adventures lie ahead.