- Movie: Dhaakad
- Star Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Divya Datta, Saswata Chatterjee
- Director: Razneesh ‘Razy’ Ghai
- Rating: ⭐⭐
Kangana Ranaut plays Agni, an agent on the hunt for an unscrupulous sex trafficker in Razneesh Ghai’s Dhaakad. Agni glowers her way through unending destruction, as fiery as her name and likes of strolling into tinderboxes while waving a lit match.
Agni’s mission takes her from Budapest to Bhopal, with a pit stop at a coal mine along the way. Rudraveer (Arjun Rampal), a silver-haired sadist who is matched in savagery by his lover Rohini, is the target (Divya Dutta).
Fazal (Sharib Hashmi), a local contact with a gorgeous daughter (Dishita Jain), introduces Agni to Rudraveer. Despite this, the heinous duo is astonishingly easy to track down.
In Ghai’s 131-minute action saga, any light touches are wholly accidental. One of them reaches the point where Ghai’s torture porn is no longer shocking. Another has to do with a lullaby that has haunted Agni since she was a child, adding to the film’s overall sedative impact.
Dhaakad takes little effort to credibly localize its themes, while being inspired by multiple Hollywood blockbusters about superhuman spies who single-handedly take down criminal enterprises. The film exists as a showcase for its heroine’s fighting spirit, filled with natural-born killers who maim and slay for the fun of it.
Kangana Ranaut can only show off her physical vitality and athleticism while playing a shoddily conceived character who is more overt operative than covert operator.
Dhaakad Review Verdict:
Dhakkad lurches from one Agni-on-fire moment to the next, with no time to die or even love – one of the saddest scenes deals with the monomaniacal operative’s incapacity to respond to male appreciation.