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Plan
 
Producer: White Feather Films
Director: Hriday Shetty
Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Sanjay Suri, Dino Morea, Bikram Saluja, Rohit Roy,Priyanka Chopra, Mahesh Manjrekar
Music: Anand Raj Anand, Vishal Shekhar
Lyrics: Dev Kohli
Genre: Thriller
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 09 January 2004
Reviewed by: Vijay Venkataramanan  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
 
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Originality – you will not find in this movie. Logic – you must be kidding! Beautiful women in skimpy clothes – abundant. Style – with Sanjay Dutt, there is no end to it. Entertainment – tons of it.

There is a certain section of the audience, myself included, who take a sadistic pleasure in watching the unjustifiable glorification of gangsters. There is a shameless "cool" factor associated with gangster films made worldwide that just seems to click with male audiences. "Plan" is very clear as to who its target audience is – guys. And it caters to them in the most unapologetic manner.

We have seen the premise of "Plan" played out on numerous movies before, the most recent one being Guy Ritchie’s "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." But "Plan" is no "Lock Stock…" and Hriday Shetty is by no means a Guy Ritchie. Four friends played by Sanjay Suri, Dino Morea, Bikram Saluja, and Rohit Roy come to Mumbai from Allahabad. In a rush to make quick money, they find themselves in debt to Aslam Bhai. Now since we couldn’t care less about logic here, the remedy is quite simple – kidnap a rich guy and pay Aslam Bhai off with the ransom. But what if the guy you end up kidnapping happens to be Musabhai, Mumbai’s most feared gangster?

Slickly shot and edited, "Plan" overflows with style just like its predecessor, "Kaante." From the shot where Musabhai steps out of his Mercedes to the end, the film belongs to Sanjay Dutt all the way. Musabhai, unlike Bhiku Mathre or Malik Bhai, wears only Armani suits, a Rolex watch, and Gucci shoes. With an appearance like this, put together with an entourage of gundas around him at all times, it seems a little strange that the four losers from Allahabad wouldn’t have the slightest inkling to find out who this guy really is before kidnapping him. But who ever associated Sanjay Gupta with logic?

As expected, the women (Priyanka Chopra, Sameera Reddy, Riya Sen) only get to prance around to Anand Raaj Anand’s awful tunes. The four Allahabadi novices don’t really get any opportunity to act because for one, their characters don’t demand too much of it, and once you’re under the shadow of Dutt, it’s better not to take him on. Mahesh Manjrekar however does make his presence felt as the menacing Sultan – Musa’s arch enemy.

Though not as entertaining as "Kaante", "Plan" is not too bad a choice to kill an evening. If you’re sick of the mushy romances and so-called "realistic" films, try some typical masala with "Plan". Bindaas akkal nikaal ke dekho!

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