Wild Dog Movie Review: Nagarjuna Revvs Up The Action Genre

Nagarjuna's starrer Wild Dog directed by Ashishor Solomon is a must watch for all the movie buffs who love high-octane action. Read the full review here:

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Wild Dog Movie Review: Nagarjuna Revvs Up The  Action Genre

No  trial, no  jury, only  fury... That could sum up Nagarjuna’s role as the encounter-friendly cop from the imaginary anti-terror cell known as  National Investigation Agency(NIA). Nagarjuna, 61, looks at least ten years younger as he assumes the action-hero avatar in this brisk-paced anti-terror drama, which is always on the move.

There is hardly a moment in the 2-hour feast of fury where Nag playing Vijay Varma (a.k. Wild Dog) is not on his feet furiously chasing down and gunning one dreaded terrorist after another. 

Ali is a Bachchan fan and we get a bit of a break from the relentless pursuit of terrorist when Ali  recites Mr AB’s dialogues from Rann.  The rest of Nag’s team, like the chap who’s recently married and yet to go on a honeymoon,  is also vividly  sketched, although they have very little me-time in this action-packed adventure which moves from Hyderabad to Darbhanga to Bihar to Kathmandu to Nepal with a hurling celerity. 

The narrative gives us no time to think. There is  hardly a pause and thankfully no song breaks, as Vijay and his team chase the Yasin Bhatkal modeled terrorist to Nepal from where he must  be extracted without bloodspill. It’s all done in the spirit of a thrilling adventure. And that’s not such a bad thing. Just because a film owes its allegiance to newspaper headlines, it doesn’t follow that the content must preserve a  reportorial dryness of tone.

While ensuring we the audience remain hooked to the proceedings Wild Dog  also applies  a well-researched plot to the proceedings. For  example, while justifying his guerrilla operation to catch the main terrorist , Nag quotes examples from world  history.

 There is a constantly engaging pull-and-push between fact and  fiction, and that’s the film’s  USP. However a lot of righteous indignation   could have been avoided to make the  proceedings less self-important.  I found the  sequence just after intermission where the  principal terrorist Khalid( Bilal Hussain) compares the making of a bomb to his mother’s cooking to be  funny. Or that van with Nag’s team  at a wedding in Nepal pretending to be kebab caterers: the van has ‘Lucknow Kebabs’ printed on it. Really?!

My biggest problem was with seeing Islamic terrorists speaking Telugu. Though we are  warned  about the  linguistic liberty in the  opening credits  it still jars. I suggest  everyone get over these  hiccups of logistics and enjoy  Nagarjuna’s vibrant vibes as he shoots down one terrorist after  another, reminding us that the time for dialogue  (in Telugu  or otherwise) with  militants is  long over. It’s time for action. Nag style.

Sayami Kher playing the only significant female  role (Dia Mirza makes a serene guest appearance  as  Nag’s wife) comes into the film midway, all flaring nostrils and  blazing machineguns.Wish there was more of her. The background score(S Thaman) is aptly breezy  and uncomplicated. Like the  mood of  the  film.


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