Action Jackson

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam, Manasvi Mamgai
Direction: Prabhudheva
Genre: Action Comedy
Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes

Story: A Don’s sister falls for his most trusted lieutenant. When he refuses to reciprocate, she vows to destroy him. Her lust and his scorn form the crux of this puerile potboiler.

Review: Welcome Vishy (Ajay), a self-styled Robin Hood, who picks up street fights with the local goons to earn himself some mega-bucks. He finds support from his chaat-eating sidekick Moosa (Kunaal Roy Kapur) who is more farcical than funny, part farce. Robin Hood’s life takes an amorous twist when he bumps into Khushi (Sonakshi), a ‘luckless’ media professional. If it is not corny enough to have the girl and the man’s names rhyming (Vishy and Khushi), things get completely illogical when the girl starts chasing the boy because she has spied on him semi-nude in her toilet break.

This film writer’s imagination is warped because Khushi is actually convinced that the hero’s half-naked presence is responsible for her changing fortunes. Want to tear your hair out in frustration? Wait, there’s more to add to this convoluted screenplay. Joining the confusion is one-glass-eyed don Xavier Fonseca (Anand Raj), who resides in Bangkok and deals in arms. His sexy sister Marina (Manasvi) falls in lust with her brother’s trusted associate AJ(can’t reveal his name, without giving away the suspense). Though Marina has the best car, clothes and cigarettes, she cannot canoodle with AJ because his heart lies with another pretty damsel Anusha (Yami).

Since hell hath no fury than a Marina scorned, the plot reigns mayhem as it moves from Pune to New Zealand, Bangkok to Austria and finally, to Mumbai with the hero being chased. Corrupt cops and identical twins tumble out of cupboards adding to the confusion. The action sequences have Tarantino’s Kill Bill influence. However, here the animation wipes jump out of nowhere almost startling you. Ajay romancing the sword in his bare-bodied avatar is exciting.

He pulls off the comic and the Bazooka killing-machine acts with ease. Sonakshi shimmies well to Himesh Reshammiya’s hit ditties — Keeda and Chichora Piya with Ajay, who tries to do better than stomp. Manasvi shows her shapely body in a bootylicious gangster song, while Yami charms with her girl next-door act. If you’re not looking for a mentally stimulating fare, enjoy this ride that is basically meant for the filmi keedas.

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