Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, which was the solo Bollywood release this week, did not quite meet viewers’ expectations. Pandey, who is well known for his edge-of-the-seat thrillers, is back this week with a film that promises a strong plot along with some of most profound actors in the industry. With Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra, Vikram Gokhale and Rakul Preet Singh in lead roles, Aiyaary is based on a true story about the Indian Army. The film also casts Anupam Kher and Nasseruddin Shah in major screen appearances. Airaary had created quite a buzz among viewers ever since the release of its trailer and Siddharth Malhotra’s complaint about the movie sharing its release with Akshay Kumar’s Padman. The initial release date for movie was set to be on January 26 but it postponed twice after that. Sadly, the film dies not quite live up to the expectations.
Aiyaary revolves around the life of two Indian Army officers, Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) and Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) and keeps the corruption that prevails within the army at its centre. The latter elopes from the army upon discovering the flaws in the system and his mentor is set on a mission to chase him. The movie takes note of the generation gap and the ideological clashes that lie between the young and the old, but doesn’t go deeper into the issue. Like in all his previous movies, Pandey uses engaging visuals and dramatic effects to keep the cat-and-mouse chase engrossing in Aiyaary. According to Bollywood Hungama, Aiyaary suffers from a weak script and the director has failed to hold the attention of the viewers due to his clumsy writing. The film certainly possessed every attribute of a typical Neeraj Pandey film yet, it somehow failed to establish a massy connect.
According to IE, the Adarsh Housing Society scam projected by Pandey in the film wasn’t any impressive either. Aiyaary may have managed to convey its intended message to the viewers had it managed to gain some amount of pace. In terms of music, the song ‘Lae Dooba’ from the movie has made it to the radio charts and is popular among youngsters. By and large, Aiyaary is a big disappointment due the flaws in its script and also its lengthy run-time but we are yet to see how it fares at the Box Office.