As Devgn says, “A game’s easy when you have nothing to lose.” Apart from a few credible action sequences, Tezz has nothing to offer and much to lose.
The plot: It’s the classic story of a man denied justice, out to recover his lost life and regain his self-respect. Aakash Rana (Ajay Devgn) is a young engineer in UK with hopes to make it big and settle down with his ladylove, Nikita Rana (Kangana Ranaut), a British citizen of Indian origin. But all’s not well in this lovers’ paradise as immigration issues spring up, forcing Aakash to give up his job and be deported back to India, only to return four years later seeking justice. However, his methods are a tad unconventional, bordering on terrorism, putting Counter Terrorist Command, Arjun Khanna (Anil Kapoor) hot on his trail.
The good: Tezz succeeds in living up to its name, by moving at breakneck speed. Thrilling cinematography by Thirunavukkarasu keeps the audience on the edge of the seat even if the special effects are amateur-juvenile. Action choreographer Gareth Milne, known for masterpieces such as Fantastic 4 - Rise Of The Silver Surfer, National Treasure - Book Of Secrets, packs it with high adrenaline action. Most commendable are the chase scenes with Zayed Khan and Sameera Reddy. Boman Irani strikes a fine balance between a concerned father and a Chief Railway Officer. His work, as always, is a class apart. Anil Kapoor also delivers a fine performance.
The bad: On a flip side, the plot is sidelined, the storyline focusing on action sequences that defy common sense. Jam-packed with cinematic clichés and gaping holes in the script, the writing (Robin Bhatt, Aditya Dhar) is consistently poor. The music score by Sajid-Wajid is dullish-average and Mallika Sherawat’s item song Laila seems forced and unnecessary. The scenes switch abruptly from present times to flashbacks and seem disjointed. Mohanlal’s dubbing and switches in accent make his large screen presence laughably weak.
Overall: For an action-starved audience this could be a teeny-weeny treat. After this thriller that fails to excite, perhaps Priyadarshan needs a tezz, long break to rejuvenate his system.
– Petrina, Khyati