Movie Review: Knock Out (2010)
n contemporary cellular era when PCOs have almost become dormant, this film literally ‘showcases’ a fancy phone booth at central crossroads with swanky glass exteriors, newspaper decked interiors and (believe-it-or-not) a bulletproof bottom pane. Naturally the makers want to give an appealing appearance to the setting, since almost the entire film is stationed in and around the phone booth (of course, pun intended). Only if they had put as much effort in adding more appeal to the narrative, Knock Out would have been a watchable fare.
A man (Irrfan Khan) enters this phone booth to make forbidden calls and avoid getting traced. Supposedly an investment banker, he has an entire bank worth millions stuffed in his car parked outside the booth. Just when he is about to leave the booth, the phone rings and he takes the call. On the other end is an anonymous caller (Sanjay Dutt) who is keeping a close eye on the banker and holds him as hostage inside the phone booth at concealed gunpoint from the opposite edifice.
Soon police cover the area and a media circus follows. The media identifies the hostage as some Tony though Sanjay Dutt keeps repeatedly referring him by his alias ‘Bachu’ to an extent that you tend to assume that it symbolizes the ‘childish’ conduct of this cinema. Supplementary characters are stuffed in the form of a high-profile politician (Gulshan Grover) who asserts in his introductory dialogue that he doesn’t trust any human, though ironically he has a sidekick merely to read and remember the password of his Swiss Bank accounts. Then there is director-turned-actor Apoorva Lakhia who tries too hard to look cool as a cold-blooded encounter specialist but comes across as the best deadpan face since the advent of Himesh Reshammiya.