‘Blank’ Review: Bollywood Has Started Naming Its Movies According To The Plot
Did you know that Sunny Deol has pictures of saag on his Instagram profile? Yes. Even his Insta page is much more entertaining than Khambata’s ‘Blank’. Karan Kapadia looks like a potent action-star for the future but he needs much better movies to make it big in the Hindi film industry.
You know how Bollywood operates, right? Countless individuals write scripts which are then taken up by production houses and turned into a visual spectacle. In ‘Blank’, you can see a director (who’s pretty good at directing action-sequences) who just wanted to make a great action-packed movie and to make his dream come true, he hamfisted everything that would let him direct a movie.
As you’re reading this, I know the questions that you might have. Why would anyone expect a Sunny Deol movie to have a coherent plot, right? Well, I expected nothing but I still feel let down.
I walked into the movie expecting a rate of 2 cringes per five minutes. About 15 minutes in, I watched one of the better directed fight-sequences in Bollywood. While Karan Kapadia doesn’t look the part, he kicks a lot of what-we-shall-not-name in a scintillating hallway fight. From the camera movement to the longer extended cuts, this sequences is what I like to call ‘a diamond in the rough’.
What do you call the useless content flab around these brilliant shot sequences? The actual plot of the movie.
Sunny Deol plays the role of an ATS chief whose son has been arrested by the police during a raid on a rave party. Why is the latter part of the sentence necessary? Because the movie spends good 20 minutes on that sub-plot. Do you know the effect it has on the plot? It does nothing. But you must be wondering why I’m telling you this, right? Why should I be the only one who suffers here?
I think it’s extremely profound that Bollywood has started naming its movies according to the script. We had ‘Zero’ in December, ‘Kalank’ in April and now we have ‘Blank’ in May.
A ‘terrorist’ has been detained by the ATS because the doctors have found a bomb attached to his heartbeat. There are 24 connected bombs across Mumbai and if this alleged terrorist were to die, all of these bombs will go off.
There’s a scene where the ATS team is raiding an underground bunker. This is one of those rare movies where you see an Indian team with full SWAT gear. The aesthetics and the fight sequences were absolutely on point, but these could have been short YouTube clips to be honest.
Sunny Deol does what he does best - become a part of a project that seems to be sinking and come out as the nice guy. The other actors produce a CID-tier performance but those crisp-shirts couldn’t help take my focus away from their faces which constantly had one expression.
The director, Behzad Khambata, has done a decent job. I couldn’t help but be disappointed with the fact that he decided to write the script as well. Even if a mediocre script was available to Khambata, we could have had a much better product overall.