A GENTLEMAN: SUNDAR, SUSHEEL, RISKY... Wow!! That's something quirky and impressive as a title for an action packed thriller. Giving an impression that the erstwhile quirky quotient on screen - Raj & DK (GO, GOA GONE, SHOR IN THE CITY) may have gone beyond but alas, if only looks could have killed.
With only a beard to distinguish between Gaurav who dreams of a house, a beautiful wife, two kids and a dog (so precise!) in Miami and Rishi a hard core contract killer on the run both played by the handsome and suave Sidharth Malhotra, A GENTLEMAN could have been a tout thriller about mistaken identities but after a warm introduction and welcome, the gentlemen is seen lost in its obsession for stylistic flourishes and visual flair.
Running in two parallel tracks A GENTLEMAN is about how the simple Gaurav in office attire and the dangerously suave and handsome Rishi cross paths. But an action packed thriller cannot have just one actor, so we have Gaurav's love interest Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez) and of course the villain in Colonel Vijay Saxena (welcome back Mr. Suniel Shetty) who's trying to hunt Rishi down. What happens next finds the crux of this film.
First half moves decently with a jolt coming just before the interval pushing your expectations to higher level but it turns out to be a soda water fizz. The team of Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and Sita Menon credited to the story has nothing beyond the title and the initial introduction to add any more novelty to this film. Demanding a degree of suspension of your beliefs every now and then, the second half turns into a mess. You see scenes like Sidharth Malhotra having Ching's noodles after a vigorous workout... this is how forced branding, packaging kills your film.
Scoring high points in technical finesse and elegantly choreographed action sequences, Raj & DK fail to impress this time. The narration is feeble and fails in maintaining the excitement of the audience.
It's the charm of the handsome and suave Sidharth Malhotra that saves A GENTLEMEN from a complete disaster. He is almost in every frame and infectious throughout, especially to his fans. Jacqueline Fernandez looks gorgeous and her pole dance is highlight but her character fails to get the required graph. It is sad to see Bollywood's veteran action hero like Suniel Shetty wasted in his comeback. Darshan Kumaar shines in his role. Rajit Kapur and Supriya Pilgaonkar as Kavya's parents pass the muster. Amit Mistry is fine. Hussain Dalal raises some laughs due to the way his name gets pronounced in the film.
Sachin-Jigar's music disappoints and it is just added to complete the package. Other technicalities like Roman Jakobi's cinematography deserve special mention. Miami, Thailand and Mumbai are captured breathtakingly. Aparna Sud's production design is attractive. Aarif Sheikh's editing required trimming. Cyril Raffaelli, Parvez Shaikh, George Aguilar's action sequences are superb.
A GENTLEMAN is a stylishly packed action drama which is attractive but not enough to make you fall in love. If you love Sidharth Malhotra more than anything else in this world then the movie is for you otherwise be wise.