Mission Majnu Movie Review: Weak Story Makes You Miss Sidharth’s Shershaah Charm | Bollywood

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Sidharth Malhotra in kurta pajamas, with koh-rimmed eyes, plays an R&AW agent in Pakistan who marries an innocent girl and uses her as a cover in his mission to expose a nuclear facility. Mission Majnu boasts a winning plot oozing with patriotism and heroism. It’s emotional, captivating and thrilling. But the experience is marred by too many easy coincidences and loopholes that are hard to ignore. Prior to Republic Day, director Shantanu Bagchi pays tribute to all heroes who don’t wear uniform and who sacrifice their lives for their motherland. However, the story, co-written by Aseem Arrora, Sumit Batheja and Parveez Shaikh, falters in several places and fails to hit Mission Majnu hard.

Mission Majnu is set in the 1970s and tells the story of Amandeep Ajitpal Singh disguised as Tariq (Sidharth), who is tired of being called the son of a traitor but now wants to clear his mother’s name. He is on a secret mission in Pakistan to expose a nuclear weapons program. He is joined by two more undercover Indian spies, played brilliantly by Sharib Hashmi and Kumud Mishra and it is their camaraderie that takes the film to the next level. Like any other spy thriller, there is a love angle, this time with the visually impaired Nasreen (Rashmika Mandanna) who has no clue about his mission. Back home in India, the government has changed and wants to mend their ways with Pakistan, but the R&AW chief (Parmeet Sethi) continues the mission with his men in the neighboring country. There is too much chaos, confusion that leads to a familiar climax but still gives goosebumps. When we learned that there are several R&AW agents living in Pakistan, the shooting that follows killing almost everyone on the radar is a pretty well-shot sequence. Special mention to the parts where Kumud and Sharib’s characters are targeted.

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Sidharth leaves you without complaint and is once again on top form, with a charming screen presence. Full marks for the way he chose the dialect and the way he emotes. Rashmika brings freshness to the film but doesn’t have much to do. With limited scenes, you can’t expect much from her character to advance the story.

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While Sidharth puts his best foot forward, after winning accolades for playing an army officer in Shershaah (2021), it’s Mission Majnu’s weak story that somehow hinders his performance and that’s quite disappointing. It’s understandable that an undercover cop isn’t supposed to adhere to set standards and behave as normally as possible, but I couldn’t wrap my head around the presence of so many frivolous dialogues and scenes to establish his character. Moreover, the way things happen – whether he lands at the brigadier general’s residence and tries to obtain information on where the Pakistan nuclear power plant is located or whether he boards the Samjhauta Express without papers or passport, pretending to be a Sikh and then a fight ensues on top of the train and finally managing a clean escape – all of this gets a bit too much to digest after a point. I mean, it sounds hilarious how creators equipped Tariq with this superpower to perform the most difficult tasks and act on them instantly. Whether it’s how an X-ray machine emits harmful radiation or how the foreigners still used an English toilet in the 1970s, you’d be amazed how he derives ideas from these situations that take him one step closer to his mission .

That said, Mission Majnu is an entertaining watch that somewhere just wants you to look at the hero in the frame and not wonder how things unfold on screen. The film is now streaming on Netflix.

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