In Jawaharlal Nehru’s India, dams were symbols of national development and prosperity. Now they have regressed into theatres of inter-state dispute. In director Dilip Shankar’s movie, the dam becomes the subject of a mystery: what led to the collapse of a barrage that left over 400 dead and 35 villages submerged. As they say, dam the river, damn the people.
Few films have been as fantastically misnamed as Married 2 America. The film’s title has little to do with the narrative. The story begins in the USA but soon the action shifts to the badlands of Bihar. Anjali Malhotra’s attempts to trace her husband results in encounters with murderous engineers, ex-dacoits and bahubalis. The film gathers momentum but nobody is surprised when the real crooks are exposed and the way the plot reaches its climax.
Director Dilip Shankar keeps reasonable control over the proceedings. But the film lacks spark. Only the odd dialogue stays in mind – referring to NRIs as Non-Reliable Indians, being one of them. The producers have placed touching faith in Archana Joglekar’s acting ability but her middle-aged shoulders cannot carry the film. It is good to see Jackie Shroff act rather than peddle creams promising to cure aching joints.
Ashok Samarth, though, impresses as a goon with conscience. There’s not even a consolation item number by Shweta Tiwari. What we get instead is a film generously littered with cuss words and a titillating scene where a female cop feels up the leading lady. Single-screen theatres might yet find some viewers.
Looking into the causes of a dam burst, NRI architect cum engineer Ravi Malhotra goes missing in Bihar. His anxious wife Anjali travels to India in search of her husband. But her quest is fraught with danger. . . .