The Gentleman

RATING: 2.5/3
OVERVIEW: Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra) is a chalta-phirta shaadi.com advertisement – he is young, handsome, has a cushy job, owns a house and a car, cooks…the list goes on. He is smitten by his bindaas and always-getting-into-trouble colleague Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez), but she friendzones him as she finds him perfect to a fault. Enter Rishi (also played by Sidharth). He and Gaurav are as different as chalk and cheese – Rishi is mysterious, breaks bones like KitKat bars and leads a dangerous life as an agent of a spy ring named Unit X led by Colonel (Suniel Shetty).
REVIEW: Gaurav is house proud. The quintessential metrosexual who can cook and keeps a clean house with a neatly manicured lawn, he drives a mini van and has a steady job in a software company in Miami. He’s putting together a dream life which is now just awaiting the addition of a wife and children. Gaurav has identified the mother of his future children, but his colleague and friend Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez) doesn’t see the dependable, safe and staid Gaurav as the man of her dreams.
Sidharth Malhotra is a very tidy and well groomed Gaurav. He’s also the intense, no-nonsense Rishi who is highly skilled in combat and weapons. Rishi works for a man referred to as Colonel (Suniel Shetty) who runs a covert cell called Unit X which is engaged in all manner of clandestine missions. Rishi is tiring of the grind and wants to retire from a life of guns and goons. But the colonel and his loyal subject Yakoub (Darshan Kumar) have other plans for Rishi.
As the title suggests, the film is an author backed role for the hunky and suave Sidharth Malhotra. After having done films like Baar Baar Dekho and Kapoor & Sons, it’s a given that the Malhotra lad is definitely on an experimenting spree with his characters. Maybe, that explains why he gave his nod to be a part of A Gentleman, which has him in a ‘double role’. Since the two roles (read ‘characters’) are not separated by their looks and costumes, it was quite a task for Sidharth Malhotra to pull it off. And boy! He manages to impress you with both the roles.
On the other hand, Jacqueline Fernandez does nothing besides providing the glam quotient in the film. Her pole dance has already become a talking point of the film. Even though she attempts her best to exhibit her acting prowess, she still lands up struggling at a few places. On the other hand, Darshan Kumar, who has done films like Mary Kom, NH10 and Sarbjit impresses with his acting skills. Despite being in a ‘guest appearance’, the film marks the comeback of Suniel Shetty, who does his role with his usual sincerity. Given the right set of roles, Hussain Dalal will surely be a delight to watch out for in the days to come. Rest of the characters help the film move forward.
Sachin-Jigar’s music works well with the narrative style and Fernandez is impressive with her pole dancing during ‘Chandralekha’. I wished only that a longer rendition of earworm ‘Bandook meri laila’ had been worked in somehow.Barring a few well-executed action sequences and witty exchange between Malhotra and his mate at work, the film leaves you unmoved.
Final Veridict of the film is, it lands up disappointing the cine goer. At the same time, for all those who adore and idolize Sidharth Malhotra, A Gentleman serves as the perfect ‘visual treat’ for them.
                                              —Panchajanya