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Action Jackson

Prabhu Deva, whom I admired a lot as the ace dancer of the world, after Michael Jackson, has come back as a director with another film called 'Action Jackson'. Wonder why you ask, it is because of two reasons:- 1) Ajay Devgn is playing the titular character, and 2) It has loads of action (evident from the trailers itself) and the cast of the movie dance like Jackson (I couldn't witness that in the 3-hours of migraine-inducing movie, though)

Without further yak-yak, let's analyze the plot. The film starts off with the entry of Vishy (Ajay Devgn) in his regular fashion that's combined with élan and style. For reasons unexplained till almost the interval, Vishy is at the target point of many goons who follow him left, right and center to bump him off. As if this wasn't enough, there comes Khushi (Sonakshi Sinha) who 'experiences good luck' in succession after seeing Vishy 'family jewels'. With this, Vishy adds one more 'stalker' to his list! It's only towards the interval that the audiences get to know that Vishy has a doppelganger by the name of 'AJ', who by profession is a killer. And then it becomes clear that the goons actually mistook Vishy to be AJ and hence followed him everywhere. And when AJ and Vishy meet, the former explains the reason to the latter and his friend (Kunaal Roy Kapur) that since he refused to marry the dreaded goon and mafia kingpin Xavier (Anand Raj)'s highly obsessed sister Marina (debutante Manasvi Mamgai), the goons are out to kill him and the love of his life Anusha (Yami Gautam). Tracking down AJ in India, Xavier sends his henchmen to India to kill AJ, which is when AJ devises a plot with the help of Vishy to destroy Xavier and his crazy sister Marina and protect his wife and new born baby.

Does the simple man Vishy say yes to be a part of this risk taking plan and go to meet Marina in a foreign country, does the dreaded villain Xavier get to know about the plan of the duo, does AJ get to save the love of his life and does Khushi become truly lucky and unite with Vishy again is what forms the rest of the story.

After directing the intermittenly likable 'Wanted', quite forgivable 'Rowdy Rathore', chirpy-sweet-old-fashioned 'Ramaiya Vastavaiya', regressive and stupid 'R... Rajkumar', Prabhu Deva has dished out yet another regressive and migraine-inducing 'Action Jackson'. For all the reasons, this film will surely be banned, if there are sensible people to do so. For the reasons are:- a) Which educated woman on this world will find a man's crotch lucky for her career and her life. Women council, please take some 'action' against this movie. b) Why should we get awestruck by a kid who asks,'how many alphabets are there in English language'. Suckers would get awestruck, not me. And for information, there is just one alphabets, which has 26 letters to it. c) And there is a lady (debutante Manasvi Mamgai) who removes her shirt at the drop of a hat. What are you, lady Salman Khan? At least Ajay Devgn has a legit reason for stripping, as he has developed his abs, you don't even have that! d) Which girl on Earth would tolerate all the atrocities of the hero, including him abusing her house, and still love her? Is she a slut? And the list goes on, and on, and on.

I have no problem with the film insulting our intelligence, even most of the Salman Khan starrers have committed such a sin, and I forgave these films. But what is appalling that women, in this movie, are portrayed as bimbos-with-a-tinge-of-slutty-attitude. This is the second movie after 'R... Rajkumar', where women are portrayed like this.

Story-screenplay (A. C. Mughil, Prabhu Deva) is non-existent. Dialogues (Shiraz Ahmed) are abysmal. Cinematography (Vijay Kumar Arora, R. D. Rajashekhar) is jarring and shaky. VFX (Prime Focus World) is laughable and non-sensical. Editing (Bunty Nagi) is choppy and lacks cohesion. Stunts (Ravi Varma) are non-sensical. Music (Himesh Reshammiya) is just forgettable. Choreography (Vishnu Deva, U. Jogasekhar, VJ Sekhar) is just appallingly atrocious.

Of the cast, no one acted well, especially Yami Gautam and Ajay Devgn.

On the whole, 'Action Jackson' is for those who swear by entertainers like those stupid 80's South-Indian movies or those stupid 80's movies of Bollywood or movies like 'R... Rajkumar'. Please avoid it.