Review of the Genius film: the film is the debut feature of the son of Anil Sharma. In the film, which comes from a former masala filmmaker who covered it all with a thick layer of noisy and strident patriotism, Utkarsh manages to do what the heroes of the 70s and 80s build in their careers.
Genius movie cast: Utkarsh Sharma, Ishita Chauhan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mithun Chakraborty, Zakir Hussain, Abhimanyu Singh, Ayesha Jhulka
Genius movie director: Anil Sharma
Genius movie rating: Nil
A young idealistic techie turned RAW agent faces an astute ISI agent, and then. In the universe of the veteran filmmaker Anil Sharma, it is a fact that the Indian will win. He is the man who made Gadar, Hukumat and Elaan-e-Jung, remember?
Genius is the debut feature of Sharma’s son. In the film, which comes from a former masala filmmaker who covered it all with a thick layer of strident patriotism, Utkarsh does what the heroes of the 70s and 80s build in their careers: a little bit of everything: comedy, romance, action and song and dance. While, of course, saving your country.
There is no harm in rejigating masala, but not if your style is outdated. And not if the lead comes out strictly normal, hitting so high above his weight, that he ends up feeling sorry for him. In 2018, this film seems redundant, and in too many places, frankly problematic.
Vasudev Shastri, an orphan from Mathura, is a genius who appears in a high-flying technology institute, and falls into full stalking mode as soon as he spies the beautiful co-student Nandini (Chauhan). This group, as in the bad old days, can never be seen inside a classroom, circling outside instead, participating in paralyzing activities that a real blue IITian would faint.
We came to hear how the Vedas were completely scientific, stopping to make the kind of connections between hard science and the nonsense that non-scientists have been throwing at us in recent years. Rocket science? Why, just read the `shastras’.
The student turned into a spy has such an IQ that a group of agents waits, breathless, while defending himself from a ‘badaa cyber attack’ in response to the command of a panicked superior, ‘binary code ko break karo!’ . And when the interval occurs, these words appear: ‘Genius starts’. No, it’s not a joke.
When Nawazuddin appears as the bad guy in black, armed with a hat and a gun, you think ah, a little relief at last. Unfortunately, the super talented Nawaz is reduced to flashy poses and, the only time you can take off, shakes his waist, spreads his arms and climbs onto the dance floor. In the rest, he grunts and grimaces.