Charisma of the actor who performs the central character is something that decides the faith of any mass masala movie. The biggest drawback of Tevar is that it doesn’t have an impressive lead actor and honestly speaking, I just loved the performance of Manoj Bajpayee as the antagonist. With a story that doesn’t have much to boast about its uniqueness, Tevar becomes a fairly boring experience for the viewer especially for those who have seen the better interpretations.

Pintoo is that crazy young lad from Agra who plays Kabbadi and hasn’t achieved much in life to impress his police officer father. One day on his return from Mathura after a wedding, he happened to rescue a girl from a faction leader Gajendar Singh. The reaction was instinctive from Pintoo but the consequences after that was quite dramatic and drastic. How Pintoo and Radhika (the girl) escapes from all the mess is what Tevar talking about.

There is a portion in the movie where Manoj Bajpayee’s character falls in love with Radhika and does things like proposing, day dreaming in a very unique way. Those 20 minutes of this two and a half hour boredom was arguably the best slice of entertainment in the movie. And at one point I even thought why someone doesn’t make a film with Manoj as the lead doing a quirky romance. Except for that scene and character, a larger chunk of the screenplay is half heartedly written with no charm and excessive drama.

As I said in the first sentence, Arjun Kapoor just doesn’t have that charisma to attract the audience and make them whistle. It’s something that he should learn from Salman Khan other than body building. Sonakshi Sinha is just doing some sneezing here and there. Raj Babbar, Deepti Naval and many more are there in characters that just don’t test them in anyway. With his intense portrayal, funny characterization and delicate mood changes Manoj Bajpayee easily becomes the star of the show. Shruti Hasan looked quite dull with her sleepy face in that item number.

In the making, direction of debutante Amit Sharma isn’t something that catches your attention with its uniqueness. The larger than life heroics and dramatic emotional scenes are visualized in the very same way we are used to see it. The screenplay based on Okkadu doesn’t really add something new to improvise with the content. Cinematography was good and the edits were also nice. Dialogues lacked charm. The music is okay and it was a relief to here the Shafqat Amanat Ali song even though it wasn’t that apt for the situation. Background music sounded over dramatic.

Appreciating the memorable performance of Manoj Bajpayee, my rating for the Arjun Kapoor starrer Tevar is 2/5. Having Salman Khan in dialogues and lyrics can’t help you unless your hero knows how to work on the screen presence thing.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


Categorized as Hindi, Review

By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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