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High Jack is original and fun (Review)

Friday - May 18, 2018 8:00 am , Category : ENTERTAINMENT
  High Jack  is original and fun (Review)
High Jack is original and fun (Review)
Film: "High Jack"; Director: Akarsh Khurana; Starring: Sumeet Vyas Mantra Mugdh Kumud Mishra; Rating: ***

The last time we saw a plane full of terrified people being hijacked by a bunch of terrorists in that wonderful and brave film "Neerja" we came away a bit shaken.
If we look at "High Jack" as a satire on airborne disaster films we could come close to the absolutely irreverent mood that the film adopts to everything in-flight. From an androgynous airhostess (Chaitanya Sharma) to a female pilot (Sonali Sehgal) who is asked by a pseudo-terrorist Do you know how to land a plane? -- sexist innuendo not missed by the lady at the receiving end -- "High Jack" spares nothing and no one. Eventually it becomes a casualty of its own carefully-cultivated irreverence.
Into its web of wackiness falls a busload of characters so high on everything from hope to dope you can t but help wonder where all this is leading to. The chaos of mid-point crisis awaits. To begin with the characters boarding this bumpy flight are introduced to us accompanied by waves of tongue-in-cheekiness.
I instantly took to the most sexually stimulated couple the Tanejas on board played by Kumud Mishra and Natasha Rastogi. This Taneja chap played with brilliant vigour by Kumud Mishra is a bit of a busybody. He has his fingers in everything. He is a lecher and a sexist and most important of all he is a Pakistan hater who won t allow his wife to have Lahori chicken. Taneja can t stop heckling the self-styled celebrity cricketer on board (played by Priyanshu Painyuli) as a "gaddaar" who was caught match-fixing.
Eventually of course like everything else the couple too goes overboard. By the time Mrs. Taneja starts touching our hero Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas) inappropriately everything on this freaked-out flight gets inappropriate.
Director Akarsh Khurana has zeroed in on a sound idea -- the employees of a bankrupt airline hijacking a plane to teach their Mallya-inspired boss a lesson. If only the humour had been more sustained and the narrative less bumpy and bloated.
It all kind flattens out into a noisy mess towards the end. A kind of what-if-Neerja-had-no-script rudderless romp into air turbulence. But nonetheless it is fun while it lasts because some of the actors seem to have a blast. The others seem to have come along just for the fun. And we can t help getting their point of view completely. "High Jack" is a fun for a while. Before it loses its plot.

--IANS skj/pgh/

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