Along with fooling people, getting into altercations, fist-fights and wandering around aimlessly on the streets of Mumbai’s ‘high-risk’ areas, Fakeer (Ajaz Khan) dreams of becoming a taxi driver in Dubai, Chotu Mobile (Javed Hyder) wants to set up his own mobile shop and Sulaiman (Vicky Ahuja) aspires to become a politician. However, their destiny is determined by their controversial residential address instead of their desires.
The film is apparently based on real life incidents. Fakeer’s character is loosely based on Irfan Chindi, a resident of Nagpada, who reportedly became a police informer. He was stabbed to death on April 3, 2009.
Though the Mumbai underworld is used as a crucial backdrop for the film, it is essentially a tale of three friends, driven by unprovoked aggression. The Mumbai mafia becomes inconsequential as the film progresses.
While the underworld has always inspired filmmakers, films on police informers have been rare. Made with a humble budget, the film manages to showcase the dilemma of those who get caught between the cops and the gangsters. While most films in the same genre often sensationalize characters, Zubair Khan keeps it authentic. He justifies their anger, helplessness and vulnerability subtly. No time is wasted over building the characters. While it looks half-baked in the beginning, things fall into place perfectly towards the end.
Performances are effective. Ajaz Khan portrays every aspect of his character well. Sidekicks Javed Hyder and Vicky Ahuja deserve a special mention. They are brilliant. Aksshey Varma is impressive as the shrewd cop. Maarisha gets a small but significant role and she does it well.
Don’t go expecting deep insights into Mumbai’s dark underbelly as the film is essentially on friendship, survival and self discovery. The story is not about the rise or fall of a criminal, it’s about people who dream of a better future.
The film revolves around the lives of three friends-cum-petty crooks whose biggest crime is the fact that they reside in Mumbai’s notorious area, where nefarious activities of the organized-crime syndicates take shape.
The Times of India