'KnockOut' is a fast-paced thriller that happens in real time. In just two hours - 11am to 1pm - an enigmatic vigilante pulls off an incredible, mind-blowing coup and a new chapter of Indian history is written.
Sanjay Dutt plays a new age lone ranger who has the latest weapons and gadgets at his fingertips and is a man who trusts and depends on no one. Working alone, he effortlessly uses his wit, his skills at hand-to-hand combat, and his love for stealth technology, to manipulate and trap his elusive target.
The target, played by Irrfan Khan, is a street-smart investment banker who has made his way to the upper echelons of power. A man who unwittingly holds the key to India's destiny, Irrfan is a man consumed by his own obsessions, an extremely clever and unstoppable foe. Through a brilliant play of truth and pretense, Sanjay strips Irrfan of his arrogance and attitude, opens his heart and confounds his brain, locking him in a tangle beyond redemption... a tangle which can only be unraveled one way... leading to the biggest 'counter-heist' in the history of this nation.
Hot on the trail of these two men is a hardnosed television journalist, played by Kangna Ranaut. She will stop at nothing... or so she believes, till she is faced with the ultimate call of conscience. Choosing between another man's life or herself... Choosing between the country or herself. And each time she rises to the occasion, showing that the new India has its heart in the right place, its soul intact.
As the film reaches its action-packed climax, every citizen of this country becomes a witness to the live action that unfolds before television cameras. For a nation that has endured political thieves for six decades, this counter-heist of a massive scale wakes them up in a way nothing has ever done before.
The film ends in a huge wave of euphoria. The mysterious vigilante fights and wins an impossible battle, a battle that raged not just in the streets of Mumbai but also in the minds of the whole nation. True to style, he manages to walk off into the celebrating multitudes, his identity forever hidden... maybe to strike another day... and India awakens to a new beginning.
You can sense the refined power in his leonine walk. You can discern the simmering emotion contained in his eyes. He is an irresistible predator - a formidable man - capable of deep stillness and explosive action; a man familiar with sophisticated weapons and the devious ways of his enemies; a man with an impossible mission who knows that time is not on his side. If all goes well, in a short span of two hours, a new chapter in Indian History will be written. But that's the catch - 'if all goes well'. He is smart enough to know that nothing ever happens exactly as planned. The next two hours will be the most unpredictable; most event - filled two hours of his life. There are only two possible outcomes. He will either win or die in the attempt. As a true warrior - he has come prepared for both.
He is a survivor in a world of runaway desire. A world that looks glossy on the surface - sexy cars, sexier women, designer watches, luxury villas... a world of senseless fulfillment, endless greed. Somewhere in his journey towards success he suppressed the frail voice of conscience and moved on, never looking back. Now, in the late morning hours as he walks with a spring in his step, little does he know that his nemesis waits for him - in the shape of a nameless foe who will turn him inside out and take him on a journey into realms of the unknown. A tormentor turned protector who will finally become his mentor and herald a new beginning in his life. Little does this investment banker to the rich and mighty know that history will be made in the next two hours - and either he will play a critical part in it - or become history.
Stunningly beautiful, immensely talented, this lady has a power and quality of her own. Driven by a desire to know the underlying truth, she will stop at nothing, and nothing can stop her. She too is destined to play a critical part in the unpredictable events that will happen. For long she has harbored a vision of a new day and age. Little does she realize that her dream is about to be fulfilled - in a manner so wild- it's beyond her wildest dreams.
At the very top of the food chain - beyond the reach and grasp of the common man - are India's political leaders. A law unto themselves - unchangeable, irredeemable, they live lives of unimaginable wealth and luxury. They have no natural enemies left, for they have bent and twisted the system completely to suit their purposes. No one can raise a voice against them, no one can question their manic lust for power.
Yet, when things seem too right, they can go suddenly wrong. Gulshan has a hidden nemesis who will rise out of nowhere - a predator from the depths - who is hell bent to right a deep wrong... hell bent on dealing a 'Knock Out' blow to the very system itself.
We all think we know who we are until fate throws a challenge so huge it will bring out either the best or worst in us. Sushant's life was proceeding smoothly. A senior cop, mildly corrupt, who generally enjoys life - he is thrown into a situation so deceptively dangerous, he doesn't know everything will spin out of control in a short time. He hasn't the faintest clue that an hour from now Fate will put him in a spot where he has to come face-to-face with his inner self and recognize the stranger within who bears his name.
The worst killers wear Prada; look like scientists have the precision mind of an engineer and a heart of polished granite. Apoorva is a specialist in the art of killing people. Like his unseen enemy, the protagonist, Sanjay Dutt, he too is ready for any of two outcomes. He will go about his work with single-minded devotion in an explosive battle on whose outcome the destiny of a nation hangs in balance.
Bannered under Sohail Maklai Entertainment Pvt Ltd, 'Knockout' is directed by Mani Shankar. The action thriller will hit the screens on 15th October.