Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Mohanlal, Sameera Reddy
b! Says: *1/5
Action thriller ‘Tezz’, inspired by the Hollywood hit ‘Speed’, means to leave you on the edge of your seat. But Priyadarshan, a director who’s known making great comedy films, must have lost the brief during the making. How else do you explain all the unexpected (and unintentional) humour?
In an immigration raid, Aakash Rana (Ajay Devgn) is deported back to India from the United Kingdom, much to the dismay of his wife Nikita (Kangna Ranaut). Aakash then returns to London after a year and with the help of friends Adil (Zayed Khan) and Megha (Sameera Reddy), plants a bomb on a London-Glasgow train that will explode if the train drops to a speed below 60 miles an hour. Struggling to stop Rana in his tracks are railway control officer Sanjay Raina (Boman Irani) and retired anti terrorism officer Arjun Khanna (Anil Kapoor).
It’s hard to say who amused us most but there are a few worthy contenders. For starters, Kapoor has more lines in English than even the white extras, and whenever he’s in a scene with Irani, it’s almost like they’re trying to out-shout each other. Mohanlal, who has a rather long cameo in the movie, had us dissolving in a fit of giggles at every delivery. The songs in ‘Tezz’ are as necessary to the plot as a warm quilt on a summer day. Mallika Sherawat’s item number, in which she sports a hairstyle that reminded us of Simba the lion, is also painful to watch.
Of the cast, Devgn and Reddy are perhaps the most watchable. Some action sequences, including a bike chase, are executed nicely. The first half of the movie isn’t entirely unbearable but when motives are revealed and patriotism kicks in, you know there’s no saving this ship from sinking.
Give it a miss unless you’re happy to part with a few brain cells, that are bound to die a painful death while you watch this comedy disguised as a taut action thriller.