State of Siege: Temple Attack
If you are reading this review, God has been kind! We have survived another week and deserves some timeout for ourselves. And what better than watching the new set of releases that are out this weekend. So sit back, allow us to help you choose from the new lot. And with that I have just finished watching State of Seige 2 on Zee5. While the first movie dealt with the attacks of 26/11, the second in the franchise deals with the temple attacks of 2002 in Gujarat. I for one had kept my expectations low with this one, does it manage to impress, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Based on true events, State of Siege 2 follows the story of a group of gunmen attacking “Krishna Dham” in Gujarat. It is upto a set of NSG to save as many lives as they can. The story follows your regular template of a rescue mission with gunmen attacking to free their commander and NSG trying to prevent collateral damage. I am not entirely sure if the makers have taken a creative liberty with the facts, but it seems a fictional account based on true events. Nothing very novel in the story but still quite engaging. It is the screenplay though that is fast paced and manages to hold your attention. Right from the opening gun battle to the action shifting to Gujarat, the writers waste no time in unnecessary build up. Once the attacks begin, you are definitely into the battlefield yourself as the proceedings anger you but also leave you hooked and booked. The buildup during the atracks is pretty well done. In other words, the first hour is supremely thrilling and engaging. Come the second hour, the grip on the narrative is loosened, although not to an extent of losing the plot completely. But there are several cliched and silly moments that make you question the writing. To be fair, the screenplay is still gripping for most parts, but not as much as the first hour. This culminates into a finale that is a touch underwhelming. But nevertheless, a good screenplay particularly in the first hour.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are adequate and decently well penned. The BGM is definitely pulsating and does well to create an atmosphere of intrigue and tension. Some of the action sequences are well executed. Director Ken Ghosh has done a terrific job in keeping things tight. His direction is pretty good that will keep you engaged throughout.
The performances are pretty impressive. Manjari Fadnis as Saloni definitely leaves a mark in a cameo. The pain that she conveys through her eyes is amazing to watch. Abhimanyu Singh as Abu Hamza and Mir Sarwar as Bilal are both excellent. Akshay Oberoi is good in a very small cameo. Parvin Dabas as Col. Nagar and Gautam Rode as Major Samar are pretty good, so are Shivam Bhaargava, Harshh Singh, Rohan Verma and Samir Soni. Kallirroi Tziafeta as Angela definitely leaves a mark, so does Anushkaa Luhar and Pavleen Gulati who are both very good. Mridul Das as Farooq is simply outstanding. He angers you and terrifies you which means an excellent job done. Chandan Roy is decent though his character does question the writing to an extent. Dhanveer Singh and Abhilash Chaudhary both leave a mark, so does Mihir Ahuja. Vivek Dahiya has impressed me a lot. As the NSG commando, he has a towering onscreen presence and I see him in potentially lead roles in future too. He is brilliant. And I was happiest to watch Akshaye Khanna on screen. As Major Singh, he is extremely at ease and natural onscreen. I wish to watch more of him going ahead too.
State of Siege 2 is supremely thrilling, particularly in the first hour and is definitely worth a watch over the weekend. Available on Zee5.