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Fight Club Review

Fight Club
Cast:Suniel Shetty, Zayed Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Dino Morea, Sohail Khan, Aashish Choudhury, Ashmit Patel, Rahul Dev, Yash Tonk, Amrita Arora, Diya Mirza, Neha Dhupia
Direction:Vikram Chopra
Production:Sohail Khan
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Fight Club Movie Review

IndiaGlitz  [Monday, February 20, 2006]

Nine guys, three gals and a zillion punches, flying kicks and fisticuffs in night clubs and a a fight club ring rattle and beat the screenplay senseless and shove it into the background like an afterthought.

This for-guys-only action fiesta from debutante director Vikram Chopra is about four college guys Karan (Dino Morea) Vicky (Zayed Khan) Dikku (Ashish Chaudhary) and Soumil (Riteish Deshmukh) who are thick buddies, and three of them have a job on the side. When the film starts, all lose their jobs, and they meet up to mourn the loss and drink up to the future. And suddenly, Vicky comes up with a bright idea to make money why not start a fight club where you can register on fight night with the one you hate most, whom you can fight one on one with other similarly obsessed people watching? Heck, they pay around a grand to two per fight! So, people will pay us up to beat each other senseless, is what Vicky reckons, and a  brief dipstick survey proves all four right! Lo and behold, Fight Club's premise is  ripped off conveniently from that Brad Pitt starrer of the same name.

But there's one bad egg who comes in, dreaming of not just beating but killing his opponent Mohit (Yash Tonk in an over-acted role), the brother of a dreaded former don Anna (Sunil Shetty) who's mended his ways just so he can be a role model to deter his kid brother from taking to crime. Little does Anna know that Mohit is well and truly on his way in the company of dangerous, drug-imbibing psychopath Dinesh (Ashmit Patel) who is the younger brother of another don, Sandy (Rahul Dev), who encourages the pot-smoking Dinesh.

One  fight club night in Mumbai, on a gleaming, heavy bike, a guy called Sameer (Sohail Khan) makes a filmy entry. He's here because he's mad and he wants to get even with Vicky, who used to tease him in school as Samsonite's fat suitcase just coz he was a tubby boy! Ever since I left school, I've been working out, and here I am today, to may you pay! I'm gonna beat you senseless! is his macho menacing promise to Vickey! That schoolboy aim of Sameer actually puts into perspective the importance that director Vikram Chopra gives to the fight sequences over and above everything else!

Before long, our four friends are forced to rush to Delhi where Soumil's uncle has been killed mysteriously in a land-grabbing murder that targets his club Crossroads.  And they've soon coopered Sameer's help, coz the goons of Sandy and Dinesh are muscling in, and they need to tip the scales in their favor.

In the process, Vickey and Dino and Sameer find their true loves, and the three leading ladies Dia Mirza, Amrita Arora and Neha Dhupia respectively find their true meaning in the film.

While the fights are choreographed well, and have a lot of style and panache, are shot well and edited slickly, there's nothing even remotely realistic about the fights. Even at the end of a vicious fight after countless roundhouse blows have landed fully, the worst you see is a small cut and a bit of band-aid! Come on get real, even though anybody knows that the gravity-defying Matrix-like aerial launches and flying kicks are Prime Focus special effects fare!

Characterization and look make Sohail Khan stand out taller than all the others. Zayed Khan and Dino Morea are competent, as is Riteish Deshmukh, who is cast true to his looks as a decent and basically non-violent guy who actually figures out who killed his uncle in the climax even as Anna is beating Karan and Vickey senseless. But Ashish Chaudhary, while funny initially, soon begins to irritate and jar. Sunil Shetty looks out of place and sorts here, and if it weren't for his earlier gritty fighting roles that are deeply ingrained in one's memory, he couldn't have carried this one off depending only upon current role and performanc

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