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Rated NR · 140 min. · 2013

Action/Adventure, Drama


Ajay (Akshay Kumar) appears to be a straight-faced, clipboard-carrying bureaucrat in an ugly sweater vest, but he's really a nervy con man, conducting fake government raids in search of "black" money (from bribes and sundry corruption). His compromised victims never press charges. Based, loosely, I suspose, on truth, Ajay has a tight team, including Anupam Kher, who plays Bradley Cooper's shrink in Silver Linings Playbook. When Ajay acquires a steely-eyed police nemesis, played by the fearsome Manoj Bajpayee, things heat up, and Ajay plots one final score. Set in 1987, the film looks great, with giant mobile phones and traffic jams of '80s cars, and the camera prowls relentlessly through streets and alleys toward a beguiling twist ending. There's a nominal romance between Ajay and a neighbor (Kajal Aggarwal) who's so much younger that he should be paying her school fees, not eloping with her.
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Writer: Neeraj Pandey
Producer: Deepak Gawade, Shital Bhatia and Kumar Mangat Pathak
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kajal Aggarwal, Jimmy Sheirgill, Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Divya Dutta, Rajesh Sharma, Mukesh Bhatt and Deepraj Rana

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