Saturday, July 12, 2003 14:03 IST
By Santa Banta News Network

By: Somesh Vasishth

Bollywood is having a dream run at the box office. After Bhoot, Chalte Chalte and MPKDH here comes Harry Baweja's 'Qayamat', Hollywood 'ishtyle'. While the story is a lift-off from the Sean Connary, Nicholas Cage starrer 'The Rock', it's the treatment of the film that saves it. Ali (Arbaaz Khan) and Abbas (Sanjay Kapoor) are the modern day baddies who have switched to the evil side. Isha Koppikar is Laila, the moll in story and has been given the job to make you drool.

Suneil Shetty is Akram Sheikh, the number one enemy of all anti-national elements. Ajay Devgan is Rachit, a deadly convict and former ally of Ali and Abbas. He is frequently drugged by doctors because the memories of his girlfriend Sapna (Neha Dhupia) makes him violent. Rahul is Aashish Chowdary, our Desi Nicholas cage who has expertise in chemical warfare. Riya Sen is his love interest and screams more than act her part.

Now for the story, The evil trio of Ali, Abbas and Laila have held 230 tourists hostage on an island that was formerly Elphinstone Jail. They have seven deadly missiles ready to contaminate city's water pool if their demands aren't met. Akram Sheikh (Suniel Shetty) is called to rescue the situation. He chooses Rachit and Rahul to do the salvage act along with him. What follows is one hour of slick action full of jargons like biological weapons, virus, anti-virus, relatively unknown in the Bollywood.

While Qayamat loses out on it's originality, it certainly makes an impact with it's treatment. Performance wise Ajay Devgan excels once again while playing a man of few words. Isha Koppikar is the only one from the female lead which leaves some impact. Neha Dhupia makes an unimpressive debut. Cinematography is first rate. Song and dance sequences in the first half seem stuffed.

All in all with it's Hollywood look and slick treatment, Qayamat makes a nice viewing.

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