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Maximum (2012)   Genre: Crime

Maximum
Genre: Crime
Release date: June 29, 2012
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Maximum is an upcoming Hindi crime/thriller film written and directed by Kabeer Kaushik. The project features Naseeruddin Shah, Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak in pivotal roles.

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Critics Reviews :  9 Reviews Average Ratings: 3.7

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Trigger-happy Mumbai cops gunning for gory glory have been the subject of many a Bollywood action flick of the past decade and a bit. This one promises the maximum. Does it deliver? Not quite. Maximum bites off far more than it can comfortably chew. The film is primarily about the power struggles that rage in the innards of the Mumbai police force and the heavy toll of life and limb the battles take, both in the immediate context and in the long run. Maximum doesn’t stop there. It adds many other thematic strands to the cop-versus-cop tale, to its own detriment. It touches upon the divide that runs deep between locals and outsiders in India’s maximum city, the runaway greed of the builders’ mafia, the increasingly dodgy role of the media in matters political and criminal, and the nexus between segments of the movie industry and the high and mighty in the law enforcement establishment. The film, however, does not sufficiently build upon any of these topical themes to make them a meaningful part of the screenplay. Maximum opens in 2003, when dance bars were very much a part of the Mumbai landscape (it gives the film a pretext for an item number) and the police brass were close to ending the underworld’s stranglehold on the city, and closes in 2008, the year of the 26/11 terror attack. In the five years in between, two Mumbai encounter cops are locked in a bitter and eventually self-defeating turf war that pans out against the backdrop of fierce intra-departmental politicking. Their rivalry is fanned by the machinations of self-serving politicos, smarmy construction industry players, and a shadowy network of underworld collaborators and informers. Several of the film’s characters are clearly modelled on real-life figures that have hogged newspaper headlines in the last decade and a bit. Yet the narrative, despite its consistent emphasis on understatement as a stylistic device, feels and sounds a little too synthetic and facile at times to ring true. Maximum is a case of too much blood and blabber being wasted on a tale that has been flogged to death to such an extent that it is probably now a veritable carcass rotting in the Bollywood sun. No amount of social and political layering can dispel the rancid odour. Maximum lacks the nuanced detailing and the urgent pacing that should have automatically sprung from a theme yanked out of the internal files of a highly politicised police force. Director Kabeer Kaushik’s 2005 debut feature, Sehar, the story of a tough-as-nails police officer out to nail Lucknow’s crime lords, was marked by sustained grit and vigour. Living up to its title, the film had raised hopes of a new dawn. Maximum falls way short: it does not turn out to be a morning bright and sunny enough to spread all-round cheer. The inevitable problem with a police drama set in Mumbai is the instant sense of déjà vu it generates. It doesn’t help that Maximum is an unambiguous nod to Ab Tak Chappan, one of the better specimens of this cinematic genre.When the older cop, played with customary panache by Naseeruddin Shah, is asked how many people he has felled thus far in encounters, fake or otherwise, his nonchalant answer is chappan (fifty six). Naseer’s Arun Inamdar is a peevish and cynical veteran who has seen it all but is in no mood to slow down. He is now with the ant-terror squad.The other man in the muddle is Pratap Pandit (Sonu Sood), a crime branch officer twelve years Inamdar’s junior and just as impulsive. The two men, with the tacit approval of their immediate bosses, go on a competitive killing spree on the mean streets in a bid to expand their respective sphere of influence. Inamdar is a son of the soil; Pandit is from Lucknow, the son of an English literature professor (Rajendra Gupta).When one kills two men, the other dispatches four to their death, a voice over informs the viewer. A soft-spoken but ambitious North Indian politician, Mrityunjay Tiwari (Vinay Pathak) – no prizes for guessing who the inspiration is – tells a young television journalist, Ashwin Singh (Amit Sadh), that Mumbai has space for everybody but it never wholeheartedly embraces an outsider. The thought is left dangling tantalizingly in midair. You want Maximum to walk further down that path and probe the political ramifications of the oft-asked question of who really belongs to Mumbai. Sadly, the film is too busy pushing up the body count to care about a conundrum that really counts.But all said and done, Maximum isn’t a washout – not by a long chalk. It is well crafted and superbly acted. Sonu Sood in particular leaves a lasting impression as the police officer under fire for excesses committed in the line of duty. The cameos by Vinay Pathak and Rajendra Gupta are impressive. Sadly, the effort is maximum, the impact not quite so.
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Maximum shows minimum originality thereby making it a plain average attempt.
Kunal Guha
Kunal Guha
Yahoo
Maximum offers indiscriminate firing, some minimum wage foreign locations (Thailand is one terrace overlooking skyscrapers) and a death duel featuring cop Vs cop Vs your better sense. Spoiler alert: your better sense doesn’t make it.
OneIndia
OneIndia
OneIndia
The crime thriller sagas have been one of the favourite subjects of many Bollywood filmmakers for decades now. Reliving the same genre, director Kabeer Kaushik has come up with his latest release Maximum, featuring Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Amit Sadh and Neha Dhupia. The film is set in the Bombay (and not Mumbai) of the past and the story portrays encapsulates politics, land deals, and fake encounters. But, to one's expectation, the film fails to deliver the MAXIMUM as the title promises.
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Taran Adarsh
Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama
On the whole, MAXIMUM has an attention-grabbing premise, but lacks the meat in its screenplay to leave much of an impact.
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Zinia Ray
Zinia Ray
DNA India
With a film like Maximum, you go in with your hopes pegged on one person, and one person only, Naseeruddin Shah. You settle down to watch the film with fingers, arms and legs crossed hoping to have a decent time. However, Maximum proves to be a film so unsalvagable that even an actor like Shah fails to help its case.
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Zee News
Zee News
Zee News
With a kind of brisk business-like immediacy and the least amount of fuss, "Maximum" takes us into the world of shoot-out killings and the internecine war in Mumbai`s police department which threatens to destroy the very institution built to mend the wounds and fissures in the social fabric.
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Rediff
Rediff
Rediff
So we meet dirty cops. And more dirty cops. And their allies. And we hear of their plans. And it's all so deathly boring. There is something to be said for clinical exposition that doesn't beat about the bush, but Maximum features good actors lazily reeling off lines that go nowhere. An old man quotes Shakespeare and speaks of providence while politicians and cops talk between teacups, and some low-res newsclip footage of the 26/11 attacks are spliced in. Somewhere, Naseeruddin Shah [ Images ] seethes, possibly at the lack of narrative heft. In the end, almost like an afterthought, Kaushik realises he's left too many guns unfired, and things come to a head in a pointless hail of bullets, rivals trading fatal gunshots in turn, like polite ping-pong players. The score? Nothing to love.
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Mansha Rastogi
Mansha Rastogi
Now Running
Maximum has minimum entertainment and maximum mediocrity.
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