Director: Ejaz Gulab
Writer: Nilesh Girkar (story)
Stars: Nana Patekar, Ashutosh Rana, Gul Panag, Govind Namdeo
Runtime: 1h 46min
Released: 27 February 2015
Synopsis: Home Minister Janardhan Jagirdarand chief Minister Anna Saheb are much concerned over the criminal activities of underworld dons Rawal and Rauf Lala. Rawal is operating from Bangkok while Rauf supervises his gang from Mumbai. The famous Encounter Squad is activated to counter the gangsters and restore peace in the area. The formidable Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar) is requested to take charge of the peace-keeping mission. At first he is reluctant but after continuous insistence, he agrees to launch a counter attack against Rawal and Lala Rauf gangs and the action begins.
After his wife is murdered, encounter specialist Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar) goes into self-proclaimed exile to ensure his son’s safety. But the home minister (Vikram Gokhale) wants him back on the job to tackle Mumbai’s escalating crime scene. Sadhu returns, only to find himself playing into the hands of the very criminals he had set out to kill.
review: Your heart goes out to Nana Patekar, who resurrects his role as an encounter cop and in doing so, lends utmost authenticity to his character. As a man torn between his duty as a cop and responsibility as a father, he singlehandedly strives to salvage what appears to be a poor remake of the gripping original (Shimit Amin’s Ab Tak Chhappan, 2004) with his tremendous screen presence.
However, despite Nana’s brilliance, the makers (who aren’t associated with the original) let him down with their predictable plot, sleep-inducing screenplay, cliched execution and repetitive dialogues. Other than unimaginative writing, poor build-up of negative characters, unflattering camera angles (supposed ode to Ram Gopal Varma?) and lack of plot twists, make this a crime drama a half-hearted attempt.
Of course, there are scenes that hit the bull’s-eye, like Sadhu’s rivalry and sarcastic repartee with his junior (Ashutosh Rana) and the precious moments he shares with his son. However, in the absence of a strong story, the film struggles to hold your attention. Also, cops, politicians, journalists, basically everyone involved in the film keep spouting the same lines, giving us a demo on how the words (system, force and mission) can be used in multiple ways… ‘System ko badalna hoga, system yeh kehti hai, system yeh, system woh…’ the obsession doesn’t end.
Despite its flaws, ATC2 can be watched, if you are a diehard Nana Patekar fan. On second thoughts, watching the original again would be a smarter move.