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Squad Is So Awful It Hurts
Squad(Zee 5): It hurts . It really hurts to see young Rinzing Denzongpa’s career being crushed under the undiscriminating wheels of such amateurishness.
This is an unpardonably bad film. Those behind the making of Squad should be put in front of a firing squad. Those in front of the camera deserve our heartfelt sympathy. No actor, no matter how incompetent, deserves to be so brutally compromised. No film in recent memory has made such woefully inadequate use of a cast in desperate pursuit of some moments, some hope in the midst of the despair that shrouds this cadaverous compendium of the cretinous and the cacophonous.
The humourless action film about RAW-like agents rescuing a little girl from Georgia is shot with all the seriousness of a drunken monk trying to trapeze across a tumultuous river. There is no interest in seeing the proceedings plumb new depths every moment. It is like watching a car crash into a wall.
Debutants Rinzing Denzongpa and Malvika Raaj playing squad members have no opportunity to prove anything except that they are in the wrong fun. Seniors Mohan Kapoor and Pooja Batra try to have some fun with their roles as a couple of squabbling squad commanders with a chip on their shoulders. While Ms Batra takes her role seriously(the spectacles don’t really help) Kapoor tears into his part with wolfish delight. He is the only one who knows what he has gotten himself into.
Debutant Rinzing Denzongpa’s character Bhim suffers from a serious deprivation of motivation. He is on a mission to rescue a little girl. But he is afraid of children, he says. Why? Because he saw one die during a terror flush-out operation. The relationship that grows, or is meant to grow, between the hero and his vulnerable visitant remains a flickering possibility in this laughably loutish film .
The potentially interesting outdoor locations are squandered away with most of the heated discussion happening indoors.
Producer-writer-director Nilesh Sahay owes everyone an explanation on what exactly the purpose of Squad is supposed to be. Is it meant to be a joke? Or perhaps to show future generations how actions films are NOT supposed to be directed?