Director Anurag Kashyap exhibits a wonderful command over the cinematic medium and fine balance in treating such a sensitive issue. The story unfolds in a series of chapters, in which the Director weaves a tapestry by skillfully integrating all the plot threads. Though most of the actors turn out good performances, Kay Kay Memon and Pavan Malhotra stand out in their roles as the cop Rakesh Maria and Tiger Memon. Made in a documentary format, this film never goes overboard with violence or rheotoric, but successfully depicts human fallibilities in its many dimesions
The film begins with a police interrogation, where Gul Mohammed tries in vain, to inform the police about the impending tragedy. The first half of the film focuses on the blasts and the systematic police investigation which unravels the conspiracy and the people involved. The lengthy chase sequence where one of the suspects, keeps trying to escape getting caught, is both realistic and funny. In the pre-interval scene, the cop Rakesh Maria’s dialogues bring out the helplessness of a police force, trying to enforce the rule of law in an imperfect democracy. The post-interval portion focuses on the motives and events that culminated in the tragedy and places the issue within the larger context of cross border terrorism, hindu bigotry and muslim alienation.
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