Movie Review: Department (2012)

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

For a really long time, he has been attempting the kind of movies he aspires to make, with not much concern for the BO. The uneven response to his last few films at the ticket window hasn’t shaken the confidence that viewers have in his abilities. His past few films were nowhere close to SHIVA, RANGEELA, SATYA, COMPANY, BHOOT, SARKAR, SARKAR RAJ and RAKTA CHARITRA-I, but regardless of the BO outcome, Ramgopal Varma is one film-maker who continues to make movies that he believes in.

Earlier, in NOT A LOVE STORY and now, in DEPARTMENT, RGV has dared to re-invent the cinematic language by changing the visual imagery. While the visual style is worth applauding and catches your eye instantly — RGV has filmed in angles not witnessed before in Hindi films — it’s the erratic and inconsistent writing that bogs down DEPARTMENT.

No one illustrates the underbelly of crime on celluloid as persuasively as RGV. The issue with DEPARTMENT is *not* the beaten to death genre, but the screenplay that has nothing novel to offer. Encounter specialists, ruthless gangsters, inter-gang rivalry, corrupt politicians… haven’t we had our fill already? One could never lay blame on RGV for taking the tried and tested route, opting for easy shortcuts while narrating a story. But, in DEPARTMENT, all you remember is style, while the substance goes for a toss.

Alarmed at the hitherto unseen escalation in underworld criminal activities some top officials including the home secretary, the home minister, and the director general of police hold a secret meeting in which they take a decision to create a new unit which is unofficially referred to as THE DEPARTMENT.

DEPARTMENT is a story of a terrifying power struggle within the bowels of the mother of all powers – the police DEPARTMENT.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “What Department delivers is yet another RGV product that takes Hindi cinema’s crime genre away from conventional storytelling.”
NDTV Movies
Average Reviews
Negative Reviews
2.0 “DEPARTMENT is neither novel, nor experimental, but a return to the tried and tested formula. Disappointing!”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “Losing the plot and three strong stars, Department shoots itself in the foot.”
Times of India
2.0 “Watch Department only if you are interested in another unconventional film by Ram Gopal Varma.”
1.5 “Department can leave you with a massive migraine attack, watch his earlier oeuvres instead. “
1.5 “Department falls flat at almost every department; so, needless to say, it’s a flick which can easily be given a miss.”
1.0 “Department is another failed RGV experiment”
1.0 “Avoid this one like the plague.”
0.5 “An assault from start to finish”
0.5 “Department is a perfect recipe for headaches”
DNA India

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