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    Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan, Gulshan Grover, Kangna Ranaut
    Director: Mani Shankar
    Producer: Sohail Maklai
    Music: Gourov Dasgupta
    Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani, Panchhi Jalonvi, Shellee


    One watches Knock Out with minimal expectations and it turns out to be a blessing in disguise as it ends up being a reasonably entertaining affair. In fact the first one hour of the film is so tout that you can't even momentary check SMSs on your cell-phone. Right from the moment a deal takes place between a businessman and a corrupt politician (Gulshan Grover) to the hint of an underhand deal by Irrfan Khan being thrown around to the point where he is taken hostage in a phone booth by a gun wielding mystery man (Sanjay Dutt), Knock Out demands your attention and gets that.

    From this point on, it's the curiosity of 'what would happen next' that ends up getting you totally involved in the film. The screenplay is well done here while the dialogues have a mix of humour (Irrfan) and authority (Sanjay) that make you go through those exciting mood swings. You wish to know the cause behind the hostage situation. Is it Irrfan's philandering ways, a stock deal going wrong, a jilted lover out there for revenge, a contract killing in the running, a joke being played or something far more serious? Truly, you are totally with Irrfan in this ride. This is where the film scores because once there is an emotional connect with the protagonist, more than half the job is already done.

    Of course there are filmy elements that come in as well, especially with Kangna appearing all dolled up as a journalist who is asked to rotate twice amidst a crowd of a few thousands so that Irrfan can have a 'better view' of her. Or the character of a cop played by Sushant Singh who is defeated at every juncture whenever he tries to come close to Sanjay. Though unbelievable, they only ensure that Knock Out stays true to commercial elements as well without turning into something too realistic a la A Wednesday.

    Its the second half though where the film looses the kind of grip it had showed for the first one hour. A couple of emotional speeches by Sanjay don't quite augur well with the otherwise thrilling mood of the film. Also, the instant hiring of contract killers who attack Irrfan appears out of nowhere and only extend the length of the film. Meanwhile, the entire cop-politician-bureaucrat nexus comes across as seen-it-evidenced-all affair.

    Still, the core intent of the film comes across quite clearly and barring a few hiccups in the second half; the film stays on to be reasonably entertaining. Moreover, performances by the two lead protagonists make the film a worthy trip as well. Despite the fact that Sanjay Dutt comes with the star power, it is Irrfan Khan who gets the best lines and the best moments. He goes through various emotions like turning aggressive to submissive to irritated to confused to guilty to someone whose self respect has gone for a complete toss.

    However, the way he approaches this part is appreciation worthy as yet again, you never ever feel that he is someone who is acting. He is an absolute riot in the way he interacts with Sanjay, especially in the initial parts of the film and gets the house down with his 'Touch Me Touch Me' act where he attempts to sway like Katrina. Kangna is okay in a role that actually didn't much from her while Sushant is effective in the screen time that he gets for himself. Gulshan Grover is as usual and could have played such a role in his sleep.


    Knock Out comes in a regular paper and plastic packaging


    The film's duration is 111 minutes


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    - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
    - Subtitles - English
    - Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo


    Rs. 299/=


    The title of the film is a complete misnomer as it doesn't give out any idea whatsoever around the film's theme which is that of black money being accumulated by politicians across the country. Director Mani Shankar though keeps it all simple without getting into the finest details around the entire network. One can't blame it for that because he did try to do that in his last release Mukhbiir which was a dismal failure. In case of Knock Out, he keeps things commercial which does help the proceedings in being closer to masses rather than intelligentsia. You can give it a comfortable one time watch.




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