Ever thought of the names of all these boy-stuck-in-underworld-struggle movies?
Shiva, Satya, Durga? all toughie. The hero, though harmless looking, has a really
macho name to fall back upon. Maybe there indeed is something in a name!
The movie announces, "Where Satya ends, Durga begins". And though Durga does
not have the touch of class that Ram Gopal Verma imparted to Satya, it is a
statement in its own right. With a hero who's kind of perfecting the angry-young-man
role, a heroine who is pretty and manages to act as a bonus, and a cast that
looks tough-as-nails portraying some of the roughest elements in Mumbai, this
movie has a lot going for it.
The story is pretty straightforward. Durga (Chakravarthy), a college student,
falls in love with Gayatri (Priyanka), and after a few initial wrinkles, their
love story starts running smoothly.
The backdrop is formed by the power struggle between dons Ramdas (Jai Prakash)
and Bhushan Thapa (Shayaji Shinde) - or rather their respective brothers and
gangs - as both the bhais enter the fray only after the interval. The gang wars
show a certain rather "rubber" hand being abused every time there is some violence
to be portrayed. First it is bent - a man screams because his finger has been
"broken". Then it is stabbed with a pen - another scream. And finally it is
run through one of those machines used to squeeze sugarcanes (dunno about the
man whose hand it was supposed to be, but a few in the audience sure screamed!).
Parallel lines converge as the gang dispute and Durga's love life intersect.
The girl's dad, Shivaji Rao (Anjan Shrivastav), disapproves of Durga. The Thapa
gang that uses Shivaji Rao's theater as a hangout comes to know of this, and
so they send a few guys to teach Durga a lesson. Durga retaliates when hit and
beats up the entire bunch but one, and this "but one" stabs Durga with a broken
And then it's discovered that Durga is Ramdas' son.
The cast does a good job with Jai Prakash and Shinde looking suitably formidable
as the two dons. Chakravarthy as Durga looks like he is getting used to these
roles. Priyanka is definitely a find. With a cute visage and the ability to
act when requires, she manages to balance the fine line between acting and looking
In spite of a stale storyline, the flick manages to impress as it tries to portray
the futility of violence, and does a pretty good job. The songs are distracting
and this movie would have been much better off without them. With tight direction
and well-choreographed action sequences, the audience stays put right to the
end. Though the message the movie seems to convey is "To put a stop to violence,
you need to beat up all the gangsters first", it has the right intention.