‘CODE NAME TIRANGA’ REVIEW | 14 October, 2022

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T-Series Films, Reliance Entertainment and Film Hangar’s Code Name Tiranga (UA) is the story of a secret service agent who works for RAW.

Durga Singh (Parineeti Chopra), who works for RAW, is on a mission in Afghanistan where she meets Dr. Mirza Ali (Hardy Sandhu). Since both hail from India, they strike an instant rapport and get married. Dr. Ali is shocked to see his wife (who, incidentally, had introduced herself as Ismat to him) firing at unknown people at a wedding reception they were attending. Not comprehending what she really is, he drifts apart from her. The two meet again after several weeks, in Turkey where Dr. Ali lives. On the work front, Durga has gone to Turkey to nab dreaded terrorist Khalid Omar (Sharad Kelkar). She has also been asked to either nab or eliminate secret agent Bakshi (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) who, it seems, has turned rogue.

Does Durga succeed in her dual mission?

Ribhu Dasgupta has written a routine story which doesn’t quite involve or engage the audience. His screenplay moves on the beaten path. Consequently, the drama becomes predictable and also quite boring. Several points in the drama are revealed much after their first references, irritating the viewers in the process. Had the drama been engaging, the audiences would not have gotten irritated at the late revelations, but because the screenplay is hackneyed, such suspense angles don’t go down well with them. Although Khalid Omar is shown to be a dreaded terrorist, the viewers don’t get much of a glimpse of his terror. All in all, the story and screenplay are dull. Dialogues, written by Ribhu Dasgupta and Vidit Tripathi, are average most of the times.

Parineeti Chopra does well in the lead role but to put the entire burden of a film on her shoulders is nothing short of foolhardiness. Hardy Sandhu acts well but gets very limited scope as Dr. Mirza Ali. Sharad Kelkar also doesn’t get enough scope to perform although he plays the main villain, Khalid Omar. He is fair. Dibyendu Bhattacharya is effective as Ajay Bakshi. Rajit Kapur’s (as Kabir) acting is decent but his body language (how he stands and talks) doesn’t quite befit a senior secret service agent. Shishir Sharma provides good support as Khan. Sabyasachi Chakravorty is alright in a tiny role as Ranjit Kapoor. Deesh Mariwala is okay as Ranjit Kapoor’s deputy, Goyal. Prabhat Kumar Sharma (as agent Nair), Erin Gurdal (as Omar’s wife), Nishant Thakur (as Sharma), Prasoon Arya (as the Afghani groom), Ayushi Thakur (as the Afghani bride), and the others lend routine support.

Ribhu Dasgupta’s direction is ordinary. Music, composed by Jaidev Kumar and Vipin Patwa, is fair but not a single song is popular. Kumaar’s lyrics are good. Vijay Ganguly’s choreography is functional. Gilad Benamram’s background music is okay. Tribhuvan Babu Sadineni’s camerawork is of a good standard. Action and stunt scenes (choreographed by Yannick Ben and Yasin Shaikh) afford thrill but lack novelty. Sunil Nigwekar’s production designing is appropriate. Sangeeth Varghese’s editing should’ve been tighter.

On the whole, Code Name Tiranga is a flop show all the way.

Released on 14-10-’22 at Inox (daily 3 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru PVR Pictures Ltd. Publicity: below the mark. Opening: very weak. …….Also released all over. Opening was dull everywhere.