Another weekend ticks by in which there are no major releases. The weekend that primarily relied on the Family Man Season 2, only for it to be pushed to Summer of 2021, has now very few new releases. One of them is The Power on Zee5 starring Vidyut Jammwal. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
The Power is the story of a family of gangsters and the eventual tussle of power. While I was watching it, I could not help but think that the story is loosely based on the classic The Godfather. Not to say that it is copied and it has its fair share of mind numbing originality too yet a few scenes and sequences seem to be inspired. The screenplay is pretty routine and fairly predictable despite being fast paced with plenty of twists and turns. I cannot help but think that the mystery element could have been retained only to reveal right at the end. The film still was going decently well up until the last 30 minutes wherein there were plenty of jump cuts owing to some make shift editing. Not sure if the film ran out of funds. The screenplay is a bit mixed here, it is not so bad neither is it excellent, it is just about average. Also a few scenes could have been edited out for a crisper viewing experience.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are filled with melodrama whereas they could have been way more subtle. The music is decent, so is the BGM. A word on the action sequences which are a let down. If you have Vidyut Jammwal in the frame, you expect fast moves. Instead what is served to you are slow motion sequences with just bad editing. Director Mahesh Manjrekar has done a decently good job. The average writing is saved in the direction department to a point where he doesn’t let the drama drop.
There are a host of actors here. Mahesh Manjrekar is excellent as Thakur. Sonal.Chauhan as Chandni looks pretty and impresses in a cameo. Sachin Khedekar as Rana is good. Salil Ankola as Robert has little to do. Shruti Haasan as Pari is decent. Prateik as Ranjit is a little inconsistent, some scenes he excels others he is clearly uncomfortable and found wanting. Yuvika Chaudhary as Shaila is excellent and wish to see more of her. Mrunmayi Deshpande as Ratna is such a natural actress, simply outstanding. Jisshu Sengupta as Ramdas is simply brilliant and you enjoy watching him onscreen. Vidyut Jammwal as Devi has done a good job here too. His acting chops are getting better with every film. All other actors are decent.
The Power is a pretty decent watch although it is a routine story and something we have already watched before. Available on Zee5.