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Aiyaary starts with great promise because of the brand value of its filmmaker. Sidharth Malhotra is earnest in his act and Manoj Bajpayee is near infallible. There was so much to do with the story but weak writing can achieve little in times when the story is the star of every show.

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Contrary to popular opinion, I didn’t hold Baby high in regard except for that one Butt kicking scene by Taapsee Pannu in Nepal. It was then that I first started getting troubled by the formula Neeraj Pandey whips in his movies. Thankfully, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was refreshing. But with this, which is probably his weakest work by far, Pandey goes for his most bankable actor – Manoj Bajpayee, using the expected tropes of blaring background music and a brisk shift in time. But this time, Pandey is far from clever. His wicked sense of cheekiness, that reflected in all his movies is conspicuously missing which makes me wonder whether that was an improvisation by Akshay Kumar, his favourite leading man. Akki has a peculiar dry sense of earthly humour which he gets to his chats and performances. But whatever, that’s about Aiyaary is a drag. There is flashback after flashback in parallel flashbacks, enough to the point of exhaustion. A warped screenplay, camouflaging its hollowness, putting up a cool act falls flat within the first hour. Aiyaary has nothing of its predecessors – smarts or fun. It is clear that Pandey has stopped having fun with his material.

A secret ops team from the army is headed by Colonel Abhay, played beautifully by Manoj Bajpayee. He has a suspected double-dealing agent at hand Major Jai (Sidharth Malhotra). It was a known secret that the unit, of discovered would be disowned. Jai lets out the unit and its discreet action to the media and his reasons for it never come off as even semi-convincing. There is ample corruption talk and given the limited chops of Malhotra, it is hard to buy it. His equation with Manoj’s character is never entirely explored. Manoj, if it weren’t for the good actor he is, had a caricaturist good boy part to fiddle with. He infuses vigour into the dull role. The conflict of Abhay and Jai is a half-baked act because clearly Jai isn’t disapproving of Abhay in any manner and yet he decided to wreak havoc in his life, needlessly.

When Pandey takes us to the eventual scene where Malhotra explains the actions of his character, you are bound to be left underwhelmed. There is little logic involved, and the dramatics of its climax is the exact antithesis of what Pandey symbolised as a filmmaker. 

I had a major problem with the female character, Jai’s love interest a software expert named Sonia. Since when has Pandey started casting female actors as props? Rakul Preet Singh has absolutely nothing to do in this film and that’s so impolite considering her South films are major commercial hits.

Aiyaary starts with great promise because of the brand value of its filmmaker. I won’t deny that even Malhotra is earnest in his act and Bajpayee is near infallible. I was hoping for big twists, breakneck speed of narrative but this one is completely devoid of material and is thus a complete mood buster for any cinephile. There was so much to do with the story but weak writing can achieve little in times when the story is the star of every show.

We rate it a 40% 

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