India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Force: If only muscles could act


When a movie has at least three prominent product placements in the first ten minutes of a film, you are bound to cringe. Nishikant Kamat’s “Force” will make you wince, at least in the first half of the film, and not just because of the product placements. Thankfully, unlike most films, this one gets better — so there is hope yet.

Kamat, who earlier directed “Mumbai Meri Jaan” — on the Mumbai train blasts and its aftermath — now turns to the essential cop film. You know the drill — honest, upright police officer, out to finish the bad guys (the drug dealers in this case), falls in love with bubbly girl whose only actual function is two songs and being kidnapped by the bad guys, and lots of action scenes in deserted warehouses.

John Abraham plays Yashvardhan, the honest officer in question. Out to finish off all the drug lords in India, he comes across a man who claims he can provide him with information of drug lords all over the country. Without stopping to think, Yashvardhan goes out to finish them, never once questioning how one person knows so much about people the entire police force can’t seem to trace.

Of course, it turns out that the “informer” was just a henchman of another drug lord (played by newcomer Vidyut) who wanted to finish off his competition. When they finally realise their mistake, Yashvardhan and his team of three pursue the drug lord who is now on their trail.