Movie Review: Crook (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have often admitted that newspaper headlines citing a burning issue have sown the seeds of a film in their minds. And CROOK, directed by the talented Mohit Suri, deals with one such issue: Racism in Australia. Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn’t entirely new, since I – PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN explored the issue several monsoons ago. In fact, the issue has only got aggravated across the globe post 9/11. A film like CROOK holds a lot of significance also because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines to this day.

Known for high concept films, Bhatt brothers’ new outing CROOK, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. Sure, you expect more from the Bhatts since the makers of repute are known to call a spade a spade, but the problem with CROOK is that the message doesn’t come across strongly. That’s because it tries to strike a balance between a love story and the racism issue. In fact, it takes a really long time to catch the bull by the horns [read the racism issue] and when it does, it doesn’t leave a stunning impact. In fact, it’s all superficial. Also, the Bhatts are synonymous with lilting music in film after film, but unlike their earlier attempts, the music of CROOK lacks the quality to linger in your memory.

Emraan Hashmi doesn’t care if he doesn’t have morals. The world’s twisted, so why should I be straight, he rationalises and moves to Australia to make his millions, by hook or by crook. But he gets embroiled in the Indian-Aussie racial war and falls in love with Neha Sharma, a student activist who tries to bridge the cultural divide between the two communities. Will the self-confessed crook turn activist too?


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Crook-It’s Good To Be Bad – An honest unbiased effort”
3.0 “Watch it for its topicality and enjoy the upbeat audio track.”
Times Of India
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “CROOK has its moments, but they’re few and far between.It lacks the power that one associates with an issue-based film.”
2.0 “Emran Hashmi is more robotic in his expressions than you can ever be”
2.0 “Crook is neither good nor bad”
1.5 “CROOK: IT’S GOOD TO BE BAD is no good. “
1.5 “The title of the film ‘ Crook ‘ is as much unconnected to the plot as much as the plot is unconnected with its central theme of racism.”
1.5 “Crook: As Bad as it Gets”


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