Rashtra Kavach Om Film Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjana Sanghi, Ashutosh Rana, Jackie Shroff, Prakash Raj, Prachee Shah Paandya, Vicky Arora
Rashtra Kavach Om Film Director: Kapil Varma
Rashtra Kavach Om Movie Rating: 1.5 stars
An undercover agent caught in the middle of enemy crosshairs unleashes a story of fast-paced action peppered with emotion. Or at least that’s the intention. ‘Rashtra Kavach Ommarks another new addition to the lineup of films that Bollywood has now embraced as a safe bet: a hero with patriotism oozing from his pores, stalking the state’s underhanded enemies, backed by loyal friends and a loving family unit.
We first encounter the brave Om Rathod (Aditya Roy Kapur) in the middle of a botched covert operation, on a boat somewhere out at sea, full of ammunition and machismo. Bullets whizz by, several boys dressed in black are killed, and our hero finds time to push a button in his ear and tune in: There Is A Mole In Our Midst. No, this is not a spy comedy. Maybe it should have been.
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Who can be the mole? Is it someone in Om’s department? A sour-faced boss in a sari who marches around throwing barbs at everyone? The wily Prakash Raj who has starred in so many similar movies lately that it’s hard to tell them apart? Missing gray-toed Jackie Shroff who was working on a deadly missile or something? The very talkative Ashutosh Rana, who keeps talking about “Deshbhakti” and how “Rashtra” (land) is greater than “rakt” (blood)? Or someone else?
There’s a younger spy brigade too: can’t the oldies have the fun, can they? Joining this squad, which has a crack computer expert (Vicky Arora), is a sprightly girl (Sanjana Sanghi): why should boys have all the fun? Whenever the plot, which enthusiastically embraces its fantasies, needs a distraction, we get action scraps with this crowd. The winning Sanghi is totally out of place here, although she does get a few kicking, hacking, and shooting scenes. As millennials say, kuchch bhi.
But this is Bollywood. No film without Maa, right? Prachee Shah Paandya plays the tearful mother to the max and doesn’t look much older than her son on screen. When Roy Kapur doesn’t nestle in the bosom of his family, he lives up to the film’s florid statement of being a ‘mazboot yoddha’ (strong soldier) and not a ‘kamzor beta’ (weak son). You see, the very hardworking Om is not only an Indian soldier, he is also a rashtriya kavach (life saving shield) so pay attention. International arms dealers, greedy traitors, and other assorted villains tremble when Om switches to his Arnie avatar, with bulging biceps, heavy machine guns, rampaging through enemy hideouts and blowing up machines and men. phew