Rashtra Kavach: OM Movie Review: Aditya Roy Kapur-Sanjana Sanghi’s Actioner Turns Out To Be A Decoy

Rashtra Kavach: OM Movie Review: Aditya Roy Kapur-Sanjana Sanghi’s Actioner Turns Out To Be A Decoy

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Rating:


1.5
/5


Star
Cast:

Aditya
Roy
Kapur,
Sanjana
Sanghi,
Jackie
Shroff,
Prachee
Shah
Paandya,
Prakash
Raj


Director:

Kapil
Verma

The
bullets
in

Rashtra
Kavach:
OM

are
as
redundant
as
the
film’s
plot.
One
of
them
pierces
the
hero’s
brain
but
voila,
he
is
only
down
with
amnesia.
Another
one
hits
a
character
on
her
shoulder
and
she
is
found
to
be
perfectly
standing
besides
the
hero
in
the
next
frame.
No
wonder,
the
villain
instructs
his
boys
to
hit
the
main
protagonist
with
guns
rather
than
using
them
to
shoot
him!

“I
am
not
sure
about
death
Sir,
but
I
am
death
sure
about
Om,” Jai
Rathore
(Ashutosh
Rana)
tells
his
senior
in
one
of
the
scenes
in
the
film.
Well,
we
agree
with
him
after
a
full-blown
assault
on
our
senses
for
around
two
hours
and
fifteen
minutes.


What’s
Yay:

Aditya
Roy
Kapur’s
perfectly-chiselled
abs,
an
action
scene
or
two


What’s
Nay:

Story,
direction

Story

Story


Rashtra
Kavach:
OM

begins
with
a
covert
operation
on
a
battleship
going
awry
which
leads
to
para-commando
Om
(Aditya
Roy
Kapur)
losing
his
short-term
memory.
After
being
in
coma
for
almost
three
months
and
not
losing
an
ounce
of
muscle,
the
man
springs
into
action.

While
he
doesn’t
reminisce
his
family,
bosses,
colleagues
or
his
mission,
he
finds
himself
tormented
with
memories
of
him
as
a
young
boy
witnessing
his
house
being
engulfed
by
fire
and
his
nuclear-scientist
father
Dev
(Jackie
Shroff)
being
forcibly
dragged
away
by
two
men.

Soon,
we
learn
that
the
missing
Dev
has
been
declared
as
a
traitor
for
fleeing
with
the
blueprints
of
an
avant-garde
defense
technology
called
Kavach.
Om
sets
out
in
search
of
his
father
and
bring
back
the
‘Kavach’
safely
to
the
country
because
Rakht
rahe
ya
na
rahe,
rashtra
hamesha
rahega
.’

Direction

Direction

After
working
as
a
steadicam
operator
on
films
like

Baaghi
3
,

Housefull
4
,

War
,
Thugs
Of

Hindostan

to
name
a
few,
Kapil
Verma
makes
his
directorial
debut
with

Rashtra
Kavach:
OM.

Unfortunately,
it
isn’t
an
impressive
one.
The
Aditya
Kapur-starrer
is
a
hotch-potch
of
several
action
films
which
you
have
watched
in
the
past.

With
a
plot
that
is
as
flimsy
as
a
shred
of
cloth
which
clings
to
Kapur’s
biceps
before
it
flies
off
in
the
air,
Verma
barely
has
his
grip
on
the
directorial
reins.
Further,
writers
Raj
Saluja
and
Niket
Pandey
throw
in
twists
that
are
laughable.
There’s
no
shield
to
protect
you
from
dialogues
like
Hope
is
dope

and
Om
khud
ek
backup
hain
.’

Hard-core
action
entertainers
can
be
fun
to
watch,
but

Raksha
Kavach:
OM

barely
scratches
the
surface
in
that
genre!
Further,
the

Baaghi
3
-inspired
climax
reminds
you
that
this
film
has
been
bankrolled
by
Ahmed
Khan.

Performances

Performances

Aditya
Roy
Kapur
bids
goodbye
to
best
friend/
alcoholic
roles
and
jumps
into
the
mould
of
a
supersoldier
for

Raksha
Kavach:
OM.

The
actor
goes
shirtless,
shoots
with
a
machine
gun,
pulls
down
a
chopper
and
even
channels
his
inner
Hulk.
Sadly,
the
ridiculous
script
barely
gives
him
a
chance
to
come
out
of
his
one-note
expression
and
reduces
him
to
an
eye
candy.

Sanjana
Sanghi
gets
to
do
some
kicks
and
punches
until
the
makers
recall
that
the
film’s
title
has
‘Om’ in
it.
Director
Kapil
Verma
refrains
from
developing
a
full-blown
romantic
track
between
Aditya’s
Om
and
Sanjana’s
Kavya
amid
all
the
chaos.
Small
mercies,
we
tell
you!

Jackie
Shroff
and
Ashutosh
Rana
try
to
make
the
most
out
of
what’s
offered
to
them.
Prakash
Raj
seems
to
be
echoing
our
sentiment
every
time
he
screams,
‘dammit’
when
things
don’t
go
his
way.
Prachee
Shah
Pandya
plays
the
kheer-cooking
mommy
dearest
and
gets
to
add
to
some
‘sob-sob’
moments.

Technical Aspects

Technical
Aspects

Vineet
Malhotra’s
cinematography
barely
adds
any
tension
in
the
air.
Kamlesh
Parui’s
editing
works
for
the
film.
The
action
sequences
impress
in
parts
and
pieces.
The
VFX
of
the
film
doesn’t
light
up
your
eyes.

Music

Music

Elnaaz
Norouzi
walks
in
for
a
forgettable,
glamorous
number
titled
‘Kala
Sha
Kala.’
The
rest
of
the
tracks
too
fail
to
register
on
your
lips.

Verdict

Verdict

After
blowing
up
some
shacks
in
the
midst
of
the
jungle
where
some
illegal
activities
were
taking
place,
Aditya
Roy
Kapur’s
Om
walks
into
the
frame
with
a
bunch
of
rescued
kids.
When
Kavya
(Sanjana
Sanghi)
rebukes
him
for
the
same,
he
replies,

“Mission
sirf
maarna
hi
nahin,
bachna
bhi
hain.”

This
review
is
exactly
that!

We
give
1.5
stars
out
of
5
to
Aditya
Roy
Kapur-Sanjana
Sanghi’s

Rashtra
Kavach:
OM
.

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