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Lanka Review

Movie Name: Lanka
Actors: Manoj Bajpai, Arjan Bajwa, Tia Bajpai, Yashpal Sharma, Manish Choudhary, Yatin Karyekar, Shveta Salve
Director(s): Maqbool Khan
Producer(s): Vikram Bhatt

Editor Review: Lanka Movie Review
Lanka will burn just like the real Raavan' s Lanka at box-office. The good performances by the lead actors are completely wasted. Rating: *1/2
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Filmmakers have been burnt badly while trying to adapt Ramayana into modern times. The best example being of Mani Ratnam, whose magnum opus, Raavan proved to be quite a disaster. While Raavan focused on the main story of Ramayana i.e. Ram vs Raavan, Lanka focuses on the story of Vibhishan and Raavan. The film is about the falling out of two good friends over a girl. One of them is on the right side and the other on the wrong. Who will prevail in this modern day adaption of the epic?

Jaswant Sisodiya (Manoj Bajpai) is like an uncrowned king of a village in Uttar Pradesh. He does what he wants and when he wants. He has a right hand man (Arjan Bajwa) and he is the only for whom he has some sort of affection. A female doctor in the village, Anshu (Tia Bajpai), is his keep and every night he goes to her drunk and forces himself on her. She is trapped by him and wants to get out.

Arjan Bajwa feels sorry for her and wants to help her get out. However, he also loves Jaswant a lot who is like an older brother to him. Can he commit the ultimate betrayal for the sake of good? Can he help Anshu escape the clutches of Jaswant and start her life again?

Lanka has all the elements to make an interest film; love, lust and betrayal. However, the final product is a big letdown. The great concept has failed to transform into a good film. Lanka has too many flaws in the script. The presentation and the character development are good but if the story has gaping holes the rest does not matter much.

The biggest flaw with the writing is that they have failed in creating many good confrontational scenes. Only a few scenes in the film stand out, but the rest are not at all effective. There are too many loopholes and the climax is clich├ęd. The topic of the film is such that the writers could have written some gutsy scenes. However, they have backed out from writing anything outrageous and have followed a beaten down path.

The dialogues are good in the film. The lack of imagination by the writers is clear in the fact that this story is based in Uttar Pradesh. There are so many films that base such stories in Uttar Pradesh. Are there no other states in the country or are all those states crime free? Another drawback is the horrendous pace. The story just does not move forward. One can' t wait for the end.

The direction by Maqbool Khan is decent. He manages to establish all the characters really well. However, he lets go of this advantage by taking too many cinematic liberties. Some issues depicted in the film seem illogical. Another plus for the director is his handling of all the characters. The main leads do a good job under his guidance. Some scenes also shine through and display his skills really well. However, Maqbool' s should have paid more attention to screenplay and should have speeded it up by removing unnecessary scenes.

Manoj Bajpai proves to be as solid as ever. Hopefully, he can make a comeback in the film industry and live up to the potential that he had once shown. Tia Bajpai is also good and proves that she is not just a pretty face. Arjan Bajpai gives one of his best performances. He might be praying that people forget his performance in Tell Me O Khuda after this. The rest of the cast is also solid.

The cinematography is good but there is not much scope for it in a film like this. The editing is also decent. The editor did not have much scope to speed up the pace of Lanka as it was flawed in the screenplay itself. The music is good but sadly, it has not been promoted and not many know about any of the songs. The production value is decent.

With Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl taking up all the space in most newspapers, nobody even knew about the release of the film. This will severely hamper the prospects of this film. Lanka also does not have a star that might bring in some crowds. It will struggle to make a profit. It will prove to be a loss making venture for the producer.

Rating: *1/2

Verdict: The good performances in Lanka are wasted because of the poor screenplay. The BQ (Bore Quotient) of the film is too much to handle.

Reviewed by: Harshal Anand

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Lanka Reviews by Twitter Users:

Bharathi Pradhan reviewed on 2011-12-12 at 06:10:43Z

A woman is treatd as a physical objct until a gud-heartd guy enters d scene.Wt nxt? Lanka -

Bharathi Pradhan reviewed on 2011-12-11 at 17:21:07Z

Lanka xposes d evils of rampant chauvinism & contmpt 4 women dat stil exist in small twns.

Bharathi Pradhan reviewed on 2011-12-11 at 06:02:46Z

Lanka has an appealing simplicity & Manoj Bajpayee cums up wd a grt performance.

Tobi-Wan reviewed on 2011-12-11 at 03:37:04Z

Lanka : Movie Review: Lanka evokes no emotions, except feel sorry for tremendously talented actors like Manoj Ba...

Bharathi Pradhan reviewed on 2011-12-10 at 17:02:54Z

A damsel in distress is kpt in captivity by a small town tyrant fr his physical pleasures.Lanka review

maqboolkhan reviewed on 2011-12-10 at 14:57:49Z

Lanka started with 3 stars with ur review and ended with 3 stars with Nikhat TOI

Bharathi Pradhan reviewed on 2011-12-10 at 14:40:27Z

Manoj Bajpayee fits d role of d ruthless, sensual, unprincipled Sisodiya like a glove in Lanka.

Bharathi Pradhan reviewed on 2011-12-10 at 11:20:39Z

An attmpt 2 xpose d sordid practices in small twns & d cruelty of d powerful,ends in2 a sad,sluggish saga.

Hot Hot Bollywood reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 15:12:03Z

Review: Watch ' Lanka' for Manoj Bajpayee: Otherwise Bollywood writers use flashbacks more for the sake of style ...

DesiMartini reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 14:33:00Z

1st review of Lanka - " Good storyline with average execution" Rating: 2 STARS out of 5

Jaitrali reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 13:48:46Z

Lanka is not targeted to the mass. Its a brilliantly directed movie, full of substance. I give Glam Sham 1/2 Star on its review

Jaitrali reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 13:48:46Z

Lanka is not targeted to the mass. Its a brilliantly directed movie, full of substance. I give Glam Sham 1/2 Star on its review

wogma reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 13:00:49Z

Lanka: Abt woman abuse w/o role for woman. Dull narrative, despite over-dramatization, which Bajpayee tries to hold

Magik) reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 11:36:54Z

here' s my review of the shittiest film of 2011, so far: Lanka

Shweta Parande reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 11:08:31Z

LANKA Movie review: Brotherhood has a new shame

Jaitrali reviewed on 2011-12-09 at 09:13:33Z

Lanka is not targeted to the mass. Its a brilliantly directed movie, full of substance. I give Glam Sham 1/2 Star on its review

The noimad reviewed on 2011-12-08 at 20:18:50Z

Music doesn' t strike a chord though lyrics are su...

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