Cast: Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma, Rohit Haldikar, Upendra Limaye, Chhaya Kadam, Nikitin Dheer, Jisshu Sengupta and Sayaji Shinde
Manager: Mahesh Manjrekar
Rating: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
Don’t let the intro mislead you. Antim: The Last Truth, a gangster film directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, does not seek truth or any form of finality. If anything proves, it’s this: even in a movie where Salman Khan commits to sharing the limelight with another actor, it is he who is most certainly the one to bear the brunt of it all. chief. For the first time, it comes into play with the movie. Although the socioeconomic realities of rural Maharashtra reflect Antimony To a large extent, the film is molded into a conventional crime story, in which a less-than-criminal lawbreaker is defeated only to be thrown into a losing battle against a hardened cop. determined to wipe out crime and crime.
The mixture of concerns – the plight of the farmers, the greed of the industrialists, the futility of crime and the control of urban areas – is undeniable. It contributes to the separation of the movie just a touch of the hand with the police and the gangsters. However, the approach that Antimony In the final analysis, the method of taking is not only cliché, but in the final analysis it is also very bad anodyne.
The line between meaning and volume is really thin in Antimony. The film has almost nothing to do with the former and leans too much towards the latter. It is a departure from Mulshi . model, the 2018 Marathi film from which it was loosely adapted.
The balancing act that the rejig tries to do is some special because of the overwhelming presence of a superstar who is also the producer of the film that has to be incorporated into the script without altering the spirit of the story. Attempts to cast a black shadow on the final product.
As for Salman Khan’s credit, he was careful not to abuse the invincible, courageous criminal figure that was his stock in the trade. He brings a surprising degree of restraint to the character Rajveer Singh, a no-nonsense cop who has been suspended for two years from taking charge of law enforcement in a crime-ridden area of Pune.
There is no scarcity of horror movies in Antimony Nor is there a paucity of action sequences or heavy confrontations between the man in uniform and the Pune mafia bosses, who force the peasants from the land and rob them of their dignity. Especially in passages of the second kind, Salman has in his elements. He prepares in advance and poses but brings out his features with restraint.
Some parts of the script by Manjrekar, Abhijeet Deshpande and Siddharth Salvi deal with related themes. Other installments deal with the thorny issues at the heart of the story with the aim of softening the film’s core for the benefit of Salman Khan’s fan base.
A Sikh policeman’s arrival in Pune coincides with the migration of a farming family leaving the village of Mulshi. The patriarch, Datta Patil (Sachin Khedekar), a former champion wrestler, has been reduced to guard duty at the log house a mason built on land that had previously been forced to sell for cash. money.
The hot son of one-time wrestler Rahul (Aayush Sharma on a sophomore outing) clashes with an obnoxious real estate mogul before his father leaves the village with his family to work as a porter at the Pune marketplace. The boy, impatient and always quarrelsome, vented his anger on a bunch of goons at the uprooted farmer’s workplace.
In the process, Rahul and his childhood friend Ganya (Rohit Haldikar) earn the wrath of a gang led by one warden and the healthy attention of another gang led by Don Nanya. Bhai (Upendra Limaye, who was also in the original film) runs. in the role that Salman thinks Antimony).
A turning point in the first half propelled Rahul to the top of the underworld, triggering fierce gang rivalries that Rajveer exploited to confront and eliminate unwanted elements. The plot doesn’t have big surprises but the fact that it constantly underlines the fact that crime doesn’t come at a cost.
The young gangster played by Sharma struggles as his stock rises rapidly, but he is constantly reminded by the police that his days are numbered. Rahul is rejected by his own family, including his mother (Chhaya Kadam). The girl he has a crush on, Manda (Mahima Makwana in his Hindi big-screen debut), a tea seller in the market, also lets him run after her money.
Antim: The Last Truth is the kind of movie where there is no tomorrow in more than one sense. The main character has no future and that is confirmed time and time again. The film itself plays out in a way that shows that they need to try to pack as much as possible without sacrificing the advantage of Salman Khan’s star power.
Antimony occasionally slip into meta territory. Aayush’s character declares before a duel: “Main Pune ka naya Bhai hoon. Salman’s Rajveer Singh retorted: Tu Pune ka naya Bhai hain, main toh pehle se hi Hindustan ka Bhai hoon. The boundary between the star and the character disappears. This isn’t the only time erasing happens in 142 minutes Antimony.
With the understandable trained attention to Salman and Aayush, a number of characters, including the one played by Mahesh Manjrekar himself – the taciturn, alcoholic father of the girl Rahul wants to marry – are played very well. limited in an overcrowded scenario.
Sachin Khedekar has her moments but Chhaya Kadam, a proven actress, is a mere passenger. Additionally, Jisshu Sengupta, Nikitin Dheer, and Sayaji Shinde are stuck in a movie script that has little space for them other than fleeting appearances.
Aayush Sharma, who made his debut in 2018 in another Salman Khan (Loveyatri) production without creating many ripples, made a strong impression in Antim. The actor, who plays a con man in Kolhapuri chappals, does more than play a conflicted, lonely, ambitious crime lord who craves both domination and acceptance. That means all the heavy lifting must not be left to Salman Khan. But, Antimony is Salman Khan.
The extent to which Antimony performance will largely depend on how fans relate to his somewhat poor performance. There’s definitely some action scenes where the star hits her belt. Among them are an entry scene, in which Salman beats up a rapist and his henchmen in a flurry, and a fight scene before a pause that shows him and Aayush Sharma, both topless, locked up. in a duel.
These strategically spaced scenes pack a punch. On the whole, however, the film is just a knockout performance.