43 years after Vassilis Vassilikos’ novel was made into a scorching movie of the same name by Costa-Gavras, viz. Z, , it has once again been adapted for screen – this time by Indian filmmaker Dibakar Bannerjee. The fact that potent political thrillers could be conjured from the same source novel over a gap of four decades and in different geographical settings (the story here has been transplanted to India), speaks volumes about the prescience of the book as well as the relevance of its theme, viz. affirmation of the adage, “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely”. When Dr. Ahmedi (Prosenjit Chatterjee in a Hindi film after a very long time), a leftist university professor who has returned from the US to protest against the building of an SEZ that would displace loads of poor people in order to make way for the rich, gets killed by what is made to look like a road accident, lives of two men get irrevocably altered. Joginder (Emraan Hashmi), a sleazy videographer, and Krishnan (Abhay Deol), an upright but meek civil servant, get inadvertently involved in the murky affair, and gradually, courtesy a young lady who was besotted by the professor (Kalki Koechlin), they direct their attention towards getting to the root of the all-pervading corruption, which goes right till the very top. On the acting front Kalki has turned out to be the sole disappointment as nearly everyone has given noteworthy performances, while the fine photography and pacing helped in good mood creation and gripping portrayal of the filth, grime and corruption in every echelon of society, with SEZ politics acting as the springboard for that.
Director: Dibakar Bannerjee
Genre: Thriller/Political Thriller