The Cinema Station’s Rating: Sleeper class journey (2.0/5)
The only thing common between Go Goa Gone, 99, Shor In The City, Happy Ending and A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky is their formidably talented directing team of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Well, to be honest even I was not aware of the fact and after learning so I really started expecting wonders from a film that had glossy faces and meaningless action written all over its trailer. Our gentleman, Siddharth Malhotra, is all the 3; Sundar, Susheel and risky, but sadly his film is not.
What kicks off with a weird car crash and a bunch of flashbacks with lots of characters does not take much time to get the action and bullets started. The film portrays two characters of Siddharth Malhotra, one sundar and susheel, while the other, yes you guessed it right. Risky ! The film takes a good deal of time to get us acquainted with its characters. What’s good about the characterization in the film is the impact the presence of so many stars on the screen creates, but what’s bad is that the film does not do much to make anything of it. On one hand, we have a charming protagonist playing 2 roles, Gaurav and Rishi (Siddharth Malhotra) supported a by a suave and impulsive Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez) and on the other, we have a team of some badass negative characters, Yakub (Darshan Kumar) and Colonel (Suniel Shetty). The film, according to me, was supposed to sell on the buzz of its star cast and the return of Suniel Shetty, because the story line and script hardly have any meat to offer in a running time of 120 minutes.
Music in the film is as unnecessary as an empty station. Despite a lot of drawbacks, the film actually builds its characters with a bit of finesse adding some efficient camera work to help things get a bit appealing. Another merit, which was almost a hooting moment for me was the one twist in the plot that makes me still believe in the writing abilities of Raj and D.K. As we progress into the second half things get a bit interesting as the momentary comedy helps you digest a tasteless meal. Hussain Dalal as Dikshit and Amit Mistry as an American based Gujarati don add a fun element to the script and manage a raw script score some laughs here and there.
A Gentleman gets most of its cinematic attributes right but demeans its qualities with a botched up script and a dull story telling method that makes the film want to thrive on just 2 minutes of a ‘WOW’ moment with some goofy comedy and Siddharth-Jacqueline romance. Sadly, none of it adds, to sum up a meaningful script. Well, it may have its gloss right, but the route this gentleman follows is not pleasant enough and definitely not advised. Though, if you would want to make a choice between Babumoshai Bandookbaaz and A Gentleman, I would urge you to save money for either Baadshaao or Daddy.