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Movie Review: D-Day (2013)

★★★½☆
Box Office: Flop


Bollywood has repeatedly glorified the inglorious exploits of the Mumbai mafia, often framing tales of courage and sacrifice of the infamously notorious kingpin with very little focus on how he’s still far from paying the price for his gruesome crimes.And, hoping to set this right is director Nikhil Advani, who takes heroic liberties with his sensational movie to frame India’s most dreaded criminals.

Although his name is evidently changed, everything else – from his trademark sunglasses, to his loud garish dressing, to accurate references of his earlier misdeeds – clearly identifies who Nikhil is targeting.And, he’s amply backed in this mission by a riveting cast, an impactful story, and a snappy edit that’s textured aesthetically.

It’s edgy. It’s gritty. It’s something purists might find tough to stomach. Yet, it’s something that can’t be ignored.

9 years ago Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan) was sent into Karachi, Pakistan by the Chief of RAW Ashwini Rao (Nasser) to report the activities of the Most Wanted Man in India.9 days ago Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) Indian Armed Forces, MARCOS unit, Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) RAW Explosives expert and Aslam (Akash Dhaiya) a petty thief from the streets of Mumbai, recruited by RAW infiltrated Pakistan to join Wali Khan and carry out the mission to bring back The Most Wanted Man in India.

The man who was going to break all ISI protocol and security and attend his own son’s wedding. The man who could on that day be abducted and brought back to India to face justice.1 day ago everything went according to plan until it all failed. The team sent in to bring The Most Wanted Man in India, did the unthinkable – They carried out the most daring operation and almost got away with it. Almost because, something went horribly wrong.

Reviews:

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Positive Reviews
4.5 “D-DAY is a clear winner. A thriller worth every penny.”
Glamsham
4.0 “D-DAY is what a well-made thriller ought to be — taut, transfixing and spellbinding, with an astounding finale. Don’t miss this high-octane thriller!”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “D-Day has all the right ingredients that make it a memorable film.”
Rediff
4.0 “D-Day is an acutely accomplished work of art.”
DNA India
4.0 “Without an ounce of jingoism, the film’s plain, non-judgmental storytelling with a thought provoking narrative is ace.”
Koimoi
4.0 “D-Day throws light on those unsung heroes who sacrifice everything, even their identities for the nation.”
Zee News
3.5 “Catch it – this ‘D’ company denotes both debate and desh-prem.”
Times Of India
3.5 “D-Day is unique and very well-crafted in it’s own way.”
One India
3.0 “This is a film good enough to merit a trip to the multiplex. “
NDTV Movies
3.0 “This one is worth your time if you’re fond of the crash, boom, bang genre.”
Sify
3.0 “The film is not bad, but if you are expecting this to be Bollywood’s answer to Steven Spielberg’s Munich, you shall be disappointed.”
Movietalkies
3.0 “Had it not been for a jingoistic speech towards the end and the highly melodramatic familial sagas of each and every character along with predictable turn of events, D-Day could have been a flawless nail-biting thriller which it is throughout the first half. “
Nowrunning
3.0 “Had it not been for a jingoistic speech towards the end and the highly melodramatic familial sagas of each and every character along with predictable turn of events, D-Day could have been a flawless nail-biting thriller which it is throughout the first half. “
Daily Bhaskar
Average Reviews
2.5 “Despite a thick canvas, the film loses the plot and pace in between. It’s a one-time watch, do not go with much expectation.”
India Today
2.5 “Despite its flaws, “D-Day” is a film that works.”
Blog Reuters
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