Well Folks, there you have it - A complete knock-off, of the famous Hollywood Movie, “Phone Booth” Starring - Colin Farrell, Keifer Sutherland and Forrest Whittaker.
Though the Film’s main plot is similar to Phone Booth, it incorporates a bit of, Bollywood's own, “A Wednesday”. Director Mani Shankar tries to recreate the effect of ‘A Wednesday’, but to little avail.
Tony Khosla (Irrfan Khan) is an investment banker who transfers the illegal money of politicians to secret Swiss Bank Accounts. He enters a phone booth to get his unscrupulous activities done without getting traced. Things take an ugly turn when he answers a call from an unknown number. On the other end of the phone is a sharp shooter, (Sanjay Dutt) who's hell-bent on redeeming Bachu (Tony) of all his wrong doings. This soon becomes 'breaking news' thanks to reporter Nidhi (Kangna Ranaut). A chaotic situation arises as one-by-one, the media, police, politicians, and certain revenue officials get involved.
The movie tries your patience during the Second-half and drags on a bit, with the interactions between the Sharp Shooter and Tony getting a bit hackneyed and corny, the icing on the cake being a super-cheesy dialogue by Sanjay - “Dimag aur dil mein se, hamesha dil ki sunna. Kyunki dil left mein hota hai lekin right hota hai”. However, Sanjay Dutt is the only saving grace for this half of the movie. His performance is superb and consistent, right from the start till the end of the film.
The casting, however is appropriate. Sanjay Dutt seems to be in top form after MUNNABHAI. Irrfan is like a chameleon. You can cast him in any role and he blends in perfectly. Kangna does a decent job but her diction is faulty in places.
Gulshan Grover plays the corrupt politician with natural flair and ease. Sushant Singh is very good and does a convingcing job as the Cop. Rukhsar is good in a very brief role and Apoorva Lakhia does a Guest Appearance as well.
All-in-all, Knock Out is a watchable film but definitely fails to deliver the substance and punch it was meant to deliver, especially in the Second Half.