Ghayal Once Again Review: This Sunny Deol starrer is a sequel to the super hit film released in 1990 under the title Ghayal. Ghayal Once Again is a superhero action film and it takes off from where the last franchise left off. Snippets of the previous edition are used generously as flashbacks in this narration.
Needles to say, the film belongs to Sunny Deol all the way. It portrays him in a larger than life character. Here is how it goes: Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) was earlier accused of killing a corrupt businessman, Balwantrai. After serving his jail term, he is now an investigating journalist who co-owns a news channel called Satyakam. Though he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he is a dreaded man as he goes out of his way to personally clear out all the maladies that prevail in the system, especially corruption.
Ghayal Once Again starts off on a tacky note trying to establish the setting of the story and the characters. As the tale progresses, the film finds its focus when four college students stumble upon a murder. And then, the narrative picks up momentum and strides into the action arena.
As a debut writer-director, Sunny Deol is subtle, but gets quite blatant at times. He takes potshots not only at the system but also cleverly insinuates much against the powerful and the rich members of the city.
With a plethora of well-etched characters, up-to-date subplots, he delivers a fairly comprehensive tale with moralistic and inspirational messages like, “Galat logon se darna, galat hai” and “Agar hum sach ke saath hain, toh jeetne tak haar nahin maanni chahiye”. However, on the whole, Ghayal Once Again fails in terms of the dialogues, which are packed with cliched and outdated phrases.
Sunny has managed to extract fine performances from every actor. As an actor with brooding eyes, he emits raw emotions with ease. He is quite appealing in the action sequences and is efficiently supported by an able cast that includes; Narendra Jha as the business tycoon Raj Bansal, Om Puri as a former police officer, Harsh Chhaya as Aditya Raj Guru an editor and Manoj Joshi as the politician.
Soha Ali Khan in a restrained and nebulous character Riya, Ajay’s psychiatrist-cum-partner, is passable. Tisca Chopra as Raj Bansal’s wife and Zakir Husain as the police commissioner, in one-dimensional, stereotypical roles with limited screen presence, are wasted.
But the highlights of the film are the four new youngsters; Shivam Patil as Rohan Kriplani, Aanchal Munjal as Anushka Kriplani, Diana Khan as Zoya and Rishabh Arora as Varun Jain. They are bright, energetic, dynamic and sincere. The talent is very much on display in Ghayal Once Again.
The only light moment in the film is the song sequence “Lapak jhapak, lapak jhapak loa”, which is decently choreographed.
With a blend of wide angle shots and close-ups, cinematographer Ravi Yadav’s camera captures the film in minute detail. And his live frames seamlessly merge with the computer generated images.
The action sequences packed with fisticuffs and chases, are well-orchestrated on the streets, railways and malls of Mumbai. These backed with the motivational drive and adrenaline boosting sound effects, lifts the viewing experience.
Overall, “Ghayal Once Again” is a complex tale that is astutely handled. It will definitely appeal to Sunny Deol’s fans and those who enjoy action films.
Film: Ghayal Once Again; Director: Sunny Deol; Cast: Sunny Deol, Soha Ali Khan, Om Puri and Tisca Chopra.