Movie Review: Gaddar The Traitor
Gaddar: The Traitor is Amitoj Mannís second movie with Harbhajan Mann after Haani. The movie is a suspense thriller which spans from the militancy period to present time. The story revolves around a Canadian business tycoon Jai Singh aka Tegveer (Harbhajan Mann), who lives a vicious lifestyle and has a dark past. On the fifth death anniversary of his uncle, he gets a frantic letter from his uncleís lawyer which forces him to go to India. People of his village regard him as a traitor who they believe compromised with the police during the militancy period for money and got his friends killed. Whereas Jai Singh who indeed was not a traitor believes his father was the one who was sold out. The sole reason for his visit to India is to kill him for his betrayal. But his father is serving a life sentence for killing a senior police cop in jail. In his attempts to get him out of the jail he finds a whole new truth.
The director has very cleverly established the character of Jai Singh in the beginning via a documentary on him. Harbhajan Mann, who plays this character got himself a new avatar and suits the personality of Jai Singh. The storyline does tend to capture your imagination but the pace slows down as the movie heads interval. There are certain scenes which are unnecessary in the movie like the one in a bar in Canada where two people refuse a free drink from Jai Singh and guns come out. The director has established Jai Singh as an alcoholic and you see him drinking in most of the movie but you donít find an iota of tipsiness in his voice or his gait. In fact he is drunk when he decides to jump in a chilling sea and swims for three hours to reach the shore. Also he repetitively laughs unnecessarily.One thing good about the movie is that it does hold the suspense till the end.
Harbhajan Mann is a world acclaimed singer in the Punjabi brethren, compared to his level the music of the film wasnít upto the mark. You might like a song or two from the film but overall music is average.
In an interview to a national news portal, Harbhajan Mann claimed the budget of the movie close to 10 crores and a whooping amount of 50 lakhs spent on a single song. However such high expenditure does not reflect on the screen.
Director Amitoj Mannís Gaddar comes up as a fresh breeze amidst stale comedies. This suspense thriller is packed with a good story and performances. Speed Records recommends watching Gaddar-The Traitor.