┬┤Lakeer -Forbidden Lines┬┤, marks the directorial debut for a second choreographer, Ahmed Khan, in two weeks. The comparisions with Farah will obviously be done but it will be unfair considering the lavish scale at which ┬┤Main Hoon Na┬┤ was made and the creative team available to Farah for help and instant brain-storming sessions, while not taking anything way from Farah┬┤s creative genius.
┬┤Lakeer┬┤ is about Arjun Rana (Sunny Deol) an underworld don with some principles . His favourites include brother Karan (Sohail Khan) who is not his real brother but has been brought up like one and sister Bindiya (Nausheed Cyrusi) who is not a blood relative but was brought up by Arjun┬┤s Godfather, who he refers to as ┬┤Baba┬┤.
There is a confrontation between Karan and Saahil, leading to Saahil getting seriously injured, more because of Karan┬┤s friend Ronnie (Apoorva Agnihotri). In a fit of anger Sanju beats up Karan by mistake who has to be admitted to the ICU. The obvious confrontations between Sanju and Arjun take place. Sanju is no match for Arjun but when Arjun Rana comes to know that Bindiya is in love with Saahil and its actually Karan and his group that is wrong the movie moves on to an unexpected sort of a climax.
While Ahmed has shown a lot of promise, blending college sequences, underworld lifestyle and some brilliantly choreographed songs like ┬┤Paigham┬┤, ┬┤Rozana┬┤, ┬┤Nachle┬┤ and ┬┤Shehzaade┬┤ he has too many songs in the second half and ┬┤Offho Jalta Hai┬┤ has to be deleted as it slows the pace of the movie. Some of the sequences are quite impressive - Sunny breaking down after the climax, his action sequence as he tackles a gunner single handedly, John sermonising his brother about being rash and uncivilised. Sohail┬┤s change of face and many other scenes.
Amongst the cast members Sunny is the lifeline of the movie, be it his ruthless action sequences, his shouting dialogue delivery (that draws a lot of applause from the gallery) or his emotional sequences. Once again he shows his full range as an actor.
John has shown that he is not all about torso baring and sizzling sequences. His restrained acting and screen presence confirm that he is a star and not a flash in the pan.
Nausheed Cyrusi though irritating in the beginning manages to give a good account of herself. Sunil Shetty is erratic, good in some parts and ordinary in others. Sohail knows what acting is all about but should work on his dialogue delivery which is not audible at times due to the fast pace at which he delivers it.
Johny Lal┬┤s cinematography is impressive and the action sequences by Abbas Ali Moghul are a highlight of the movie.
On the whole ┬┤Lakeer -Forbidden Line┬┤ is Sunny Deols show all the way and its only his absence during a substantial part of the second half that will be responsible for the movie not doing well in some circuits, though it will do well in North, East and Central India.