Mukul Anand was a director whose films usually invented a lot of hype. Insaaf was supposedly meant to be a turning point for Vinod Khanna. Even titles stated "Reintroducing Vinod Khanna". The opening credits reminded me a bit of Shaft and I was expecting a tight knit action film with some neat performances and a moving story, however Insaaf disappointed!
The flick revolves around a law professor Avinash (Vinod Khanna). He is knowledgeable and qualified in his profession. On his first day of work he is caught cheating and he gets on the wrong side of some ego headed student who later harasses his blind sister. On beating him up Avinash loses his job and is even sentenced to 6 days imprisonment. He learns his mother is very ill and needs money for her operation. He runs into Agnihotri (Suresh Oberoi)- a big time drug lord and underworld don. There he also meets Sonia (Dimple Kapadia) who he falls in love with.
Avinash accepts the offer to work with Agnihotri but is against one of his major fields, prostitution. Agnihotri hasty towards Avinashâ€™s reluctance has a fall out with him. AvinashÂ´s "zameer" calls him and he decides to join hands with the police to bring Agnihotri.
On his marriage night Agnihotri finds out that Avinash is a traitor and AgnihotriÂ´s younger brother Dillip (Dalip Tahil) attempts to rape Sonia who latter commits suicide. Is that the end? No, far from it- the flick takes a whole new twist now as Avinash kills Dillip and is about to be jailed. He escapes jail by pretending he has lost his memory after a crash. The lady doctor taking care of him is Sarita (Dimple again), who happens to be SoniaÂ´s twin sister. How Avinash joins hands with the police for the second time and gets appointed an ACP as he gets revenge forms the crux of the movie.
The filmÂ´s story sounds like a mish-mash and convoluted plot and it is just like that! Writer K.K Shukla has given a mediocre effort in terms of story, and instead of forming a film about justice, as the title suggests, it turns into a run of the mill actioneer!
Performance wise everyone gives a decent performance. Vinod Khanna is good in a role which is tailor made for him. He looks the part he plays and performs ably. But for a film that is supposed to re-launch him in the late 80Â´s as an action star, the movie fails. Part of the blame can be given to such an inane and dull story. Dimple Kapadia disappoints in a double role. Whether itÂ´s as Sonia or Sarita she doesnÂ´t standout one bit. Suresh Oberoi as a villain is superb! He plays a slick Mafioso to a tilt and performs very ably. He evokes the right amount of terror too. The rest of the of the cast is ok but Shakti Kapoor is irritating in an unwanted comedy track!
Technically the film is superb! Whether itÂ´s the camerawork, editing or action, the work has been done well here. However, that is expected from Mukul Anand! The film has the look and feel of a big budget actioneer and is shot in a very slick and Hollywood-ish style! The background music is also well done and sounds a bit like the American film â€śShaftâ€ť!
Musically the film is below average. None of L-PÂ´s tracks standout in my opinion and some of the songs drag the movie.
Now to the direction- Mukul Anand is a sore disappointment here. He is a very capable filmmaker and action is his forte along with drama. Here he had the perfect chance to make a great action film, but he fails. He directs the film in style-yet it has no heart. Like I said earlier the story is a big letdown and Mukul Anand hasnÂ´t been able to infuse enough substance in a stale story to salvage it.
Overall Insaaf is worth a watch only if you are an ardent fan of Vinod Khanna or Suresh Oberoi-and even for those who are Khannaâ€™s fan Inkaar and Jurm are much better products!