Director : Shanker Raman
Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Pankaj Tripathy, Aamir Bashir, Ragini Khanna,
Genre: Crime thriller
Shanker Raman who debuts with the film “Gurgaon” nails it at the first go. Right from the beginning to end, the films explains the psychotic human behaviour. Raman, who has written feature screenplays for films like “Autumn” and “Frozen” which are non-mainstream family dramas with a political touch to it and with “Gurgaon” the expectations have only doubled.
The film is a story which is inspired by true events. Pankaj Tripathi who plays Kehri Singh is an enigma laced in personality. Like the saying goes “Actions speaks louder than words” , here his expressions and body language do all the talking and he excels every bit of his character. He leaves no stone unturned to get into the skin of the character. As a real estate baron, he wants to see Gurgaon as a place of art. But it’s the past that haunts him the most. He turns a killer when he assassinates his own daughter in childhood. Ragini Khanna who plays Preet Singh, his adopted architect daughter has done a commendable job. Though her role has less screen presence, she shines every bit of it. Infact she is the key element for the series of events that occur in the movie. There is no denying fact that, with talent she will carve a niche for herself in the coming years. Akshay Oberoi who plays Nikki Singh is intense. He is less cordial and openly insults his sister for being “picked up from a rubbish heap”. His intense persona and facial expressions are an icing on the cake. Also the subtle nuances add flavour to the film. The premise has some parallels with Kashyap’s “Ugly”. Vivek Shah’s cinematography is splendid, the lighting , shadows which depict the brooding resentment of Akshay Oberoi as Nikki Singh is bang on. Though the film is full of deadly assaults, bloodshed and the violence, it looks realistic. As Nikki’s trophy girlfriend Sophia, gorgeous Gujarati-speaking Anna Ardor is a perfect example of spoiled brats who belittle and abuse women. While this genre is generally ignored by many, one can watch the film purely for the director and Ragini Khanna. All in all it is a commercial art film which can be watched by adults and is definitely not a chidren’s watch. “Gurgaon” proves that “content is the king” and that you don’t require a certain kind of reputation to prove your mettle.