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Bedlam in Budapest

Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Deepa Gahlot

Force 2
Director:
Abhinay Deo
Cast: John Abraham, Sonakshi Sinha, Tahir Raj Bhasin and others
Rating: * * ½

It’s kind of cutely old-fashioned—in this day of sophisticated communication technology, there is much passing of notes in China. Later, in Abhinay Deo’s Force 2, an Indian intelligence (RAW) agent sends his buddy information hidden in code in a book!

It’s that kind of film— believe the cloak-and-dagger or leave it.  John Abraham co-produces the film and reprises his role from Force, that of the surly cop, Yash. Because he can, he takes his shirt off as often as he can, flashes a glimpse of his legs too—no sign of the expressions though. He is even more trigger happy than he was in the last film, and blames his extra craziness on the death of his wife five years ago.

In Force 2, Indian undercover agents in China are being bumped off. There is a mole in their midst, and to give Yash and RAW officer KK (Sonakshi Sinha) a chance to kick about in picturesque locations, the fellow happens to be in that city.  Shiv Sharma (Tahir Raj Bhasin) is a smart, cocky guy with a mission. As he takes Yash and KK on a merry ride, he sneers, “A winner amidst two losers.”

Dressed in shapeless pant suits, KK is given a tough look, but a Miss Kitty kind of sidekick roles, where she is constantly stating the obvious and asking what to do now! Worse, for all the posing she does with guns, she has a phobia about using them. KK is just the token action heroine we can do without, thank you.

Force 2 is brisk and efficient within its hackneyed frame, and has a villain who chews up the scenery every time. Setting a film in a pretty place, automatically means one of more of those chase scenes over rooftops, cobbled streets and through people’s laundry lines. It’s all silly, ‘timepass’ fun—even the peculiar instance of a Latina double agent, dancing to a Hindi remix number (Kate nahin kat te) in a Budapest night club, and demanding a night with Yash as payment! The only funny scene in an otherwise humourless film.

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