Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Rana Daggubati
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
The government departments are always criticized for their slow approach but what happens when a particular department is given extensive powers, especially when it is the police department? This is what Ram Gopal Varma perhaps tried to show in Department. 'Perhaps', because he failed to show it.
The entire drama of Department is in its camera work which is simply confusing. RGV has a penchant for using too many cameras for any scene and from the most unthinkable of angles. This is a big hindrance to the entire story. The story, on the other hand, revolves around a cop Sanjay Dutt and his ally Rana Daggubati who go around town trigger happy bumping off anyone who is a 'criminal'.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan plays Sarjerao Gaikwad, a gangster-turned-politician who appears more like a funnyman than serious. This could end up as one of his most forgettable performances after Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
The storyline is as weak as the camera angles. There is nothing in the film which may give the audience something to feel good about. If one talks about the plot of Department, it is similar to that of Varma's earlier gangster films. However, while films like Satya and Company became milestones in Indian cinema, Department fails in all departments.
As for Nathalia Kaur, who gyrates on an item song, it could have been better had she not signed this film altogether. There is no acting, so as to speak of, but the actors cannot be blamed because with a faint script and dancing cameras, one cannot show one's talents.
The story of encounter specialists given powers akin to that of James Bond's rights have been tried and tested in Bollywood. RGV does nothing new on this front and instead, makes it more confusing.
There are others like Abhimanyu Singh (remember Bukka Reddy from Rakta Charitra?) and Vijay Raaj who are the only hopes in this dry land of guns, bullets and shrieks.
If the audience shrieks, there is nothing to be surprised of.