Vidyut Jammwal is undoubtedly the most unique action star in India currently and his breathtaking stunts are the reason why producers approch him for the action films. So, naturally his Films are made for action lovers and not for content lovers. With a surprise success like Commando, he set his image and he is carrying that since then. He had done some action oriented films post Commando but none of them has been impressive enough. Those two sequels to Commando haven’t scored merits even though they tried to make it more high-octane in action zone. Well, now i can say that what those two films tried to do, i mean to bring superb action sequences without going over the top, Sanak has achieved it.
Sanak : Hope Under Siege is an action-thriller film, summarizing the emotion and journey of a lone hero, who fights overwhelming odds in a restricted environment, to save his wife and other unfortunates, helpless hostages, from the perils of evil. The first half of Sanak is promising as it offers some really good action fights and thrilling moments. But sadly it loses the momentum in the second half where it should have gathered more pace and tighter grip. The screenplay isn’t illogical like we see in most of the massy action films of bollywood (inspired by south action) so yes it’s commendable in that sense. It is also boosted by brilliant action sequences and those aren’t over the top, thankfully. You will enjoy it just the same as you would enjoy any Hollywood action entertainer.
Sanak is heavily dependent on Vidyut Jammwal’s image and he too doesn’t disappoint much while carrying the entire film on his shoulder. His action stunts are surely watchable or should i say, that’s the only watchable thing in the film. Chandan Roy Sanyal makes a scary villain unexpectedly but that’s more because of the characteristics he follows, not that he had done some outstanding job or something like that. Rukmini Maitra looks beautiful and that’s the only requirement her character had i guess. The second female lead is Neha Dhupia who plays a cop but lacks action and impactful presence. The supporting cast is okay, dialogues are nice sometimes and cheap otherwise, cinematography is fantastic during action scenes and the technical aspects are decent.
What Sanak lacks mainly is, the unique writing. There is nothing new in the script nor it tries any new techniques. It just follows those old methods so after a while we start feeling lazy about the whole thing. Director Kanishk Varma didn’t take it to ‘B Grade’ level and that’s his biggest achievement. Who knows, how bad it would have looked with mindless action and senseless storytelling as we see in mass-oriented films. Overall, it’s fine action spectacle to spend a good festival weekend so don’t Miss this Disney+ Hotstar’s latest release.
RATING – 3/5* ???