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Vajra Review

Deepa Menon /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
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It's movies like these that add zest to a mundane game of Truth Or Dare. Just make sure you don't lose any bets till Vajra is safely out of town.

A very instructive film on the dangers of underworld crime, corruption in politics and vindictive hairstylists, Vajra is nothing if not a social commentary. But don't be put off by that; it has enough spice to keep the man on the road interested. There are rain-dances, scenes of villains tearing a woman's clothes off, and even one intense lip-lock. Something for everyone and everyone for something. Anyway.

Vijay and Sameer come to Mumbai from their village to make a living, and this they do by driving a taxi. Since only one of them can drive at a time, the other sits next to him, presumably for moral support. It's very cosy. Occasionally they also park the car near a field, so they can run toward each other and hug vigorously. Neither of them looks very happy about this, but apparently the script demanded it.

In Mumbai they are under the fatherly eye of their Chachajaan, a benevolent Robin-Hood-type mafia don. During one of Chachajaan's social service drives, he is shot at by a blind man. This, studies reveal, is one of the most effective ways to end a Vote Of Thanks that goes on for too long. But does the man stop talking? Does he?

He doesn't, in case you're wondering. You see, he isn't dead. Thanks to the plucky actions of Vijay and Sameer, he is saved, and very grateful for it. So he sends the boys to prison. Turns out that during the shoot-out four innocent mafia henchmen were killed, and Chachajaan has extraordinarily tall principles for a money-launderer.

He also has a lot of enemies in high places, one of whom is a convincingly diabolical Home Minister. So when Chachajaan is finally killed, Vijay and Sameer inherit his many rivalries, not to mention his make-up man. Never before have such heinous crimes been committed in the name of rouge.

Our two heroes go from crime scene to crime scene, trying to kill as many people as possible. But they also make time for love. Vijay has a girlfriend who won't take no for an answer. This can be very embarrassing for a man sworn to celibacy.

For its numerous inanities, though, Vajra has one scene - apart from the last one - that raises cheers. This is of a transvestite berating a crowd of on-lookers who gather around to watch a woman being molested. Heart-warming stuff, and for this the transvestite should win some sort of award.

After this brief shining interlude, the film returns to its main theme of unadulterated drivel. The boys are separated by death, and Vijay swears to take revenge. Several bloodbaths follow. Oh yes, and the vow of celibacy is flushed down the toilet. Which is where Vajra - The Weapon rightfully belongs.
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