A thought provoking film with a feeble artistic finesse.

If you are looking for a typical Bollywood masala flick then you certainly shouldn’t waste time buying the tickets for this film. Touted to be a social-thriller this one comes from Rajkumar Santoshi's protégé Manish Harishankar. Starring Soha Ali Khan, the film happens to be a thought inducing flick albeit with feeble artistic finesse.

The story of the film revolves around three boys who give in to the pressure infused by the circumstances and turn to crime. These boys are no petty criminals, theft and robbery is just not their forte. They happen to be cold blooded murderers.

The film takes off with Neha Malini (Soha Ali Khan), the narrator of the film, who arrives in a remote village situated in Uttar Pradesh to reconstruct a falling government school. Neha happens to be an U.S.A return software engineer who now runs an NGO in India. On her way to the village she seeks help of three notorious boys- Awadhesh, Hari and Gorakh. Later it is revealed that these three are most wanted criminals of the village. As soon as Neha starts her work on the school building the story of the three boys unfurls. She comes to know of the child-trafficking, child-labor and child-abuse that is bread and butter for some in this tiny village of Uttar Pradesh. This village is perhaps a tiny dot on the Indian map but the mafia that run these rackets are hands in glove with the ministry. And when Neha gets embroiled in the case she only puts her life at stake.

U.P which is synonymous with many illicit affairs fits the bill perfectly. Speaking of the film, it has a well beginning which keeps the audience glued to their seats. However, post interval the execution fizzles out and the storyline comes to an abrupt end. There are few technical clichés but the story is something to look up to. Soha Ali Khan and Seema Biswas are natural but performances of Zakir Hussain and the three musketeers- Harsh Mayar, Shankar Mandal and Aditya Jaiswal- deserve humongous applaud and accolades. The music of the film is passive most of the times but the song 'Babuji' is a show stealer. It invokes compassion towards the three boys. The film has its moments of joy while the climax might leave you heartbroken and there are many scenes that are likely to give you gooseflesh.

Overall, the film sensibly captures the loss of innocence and agility of the teenage while addressing the social issues. However, if you are looking for complete masala entertainer, this one isn't your cup of tea. 

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