|Directed by||Aparnaa Singh|
|Produced by||Falguni Patel, Prince Soni|
|Starring||Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge, Rajesh Sharma|
|Music by||Neeraj Shridhar|
|Production Company||Irada Entertainment|
|Release date||17 February 2017|
|Running time||1 Hours 50 Minutes|
|Rating||2/5 (Two Star)|
Army man, Parabjeet Walia(Naseeruddin Shah) dotes on his only daughter Riya (Rumana Molla). He is shattered when she is declared terminally-ill. On digging deeper to find the real cause of her mysterious disease, he discovers that many others in Punjab are dying of cancer because of the contaminated water that is supplied to the township. Naseer, then sets out to expose the nexus between a pharmaceutical giant and the State Administration, both of who are turning a blind eye to the health hazards of the dying public. He is joined on his mission by Intelligence Officer, Arjun Mishra (Arshad Warsi).
Irada Movie Review
There are some inconvenient truths that we avoid looking when development is involved. And then comes a film which grabs us by the neck and forces us to take notice of a world different from ours. Director Aparnaa Singh’s Irada brings us face to face with harsh realities in Punjab.
Irada has a good thought behind it and it throws light on a grave issue that Punjab is plagued by. What it fails to do is to make a film that has a purpose to serve. After building a decently riveting first half, the film has no takeaways, comment or solution to the issue.
Naseeruddin Shah is a veteran actor and he easily fits into any character with ease. Here, as a father who is ambitious in sending his daughter to the armed forces to later an emotionally wrecked parent, his transition is impressive. Arshad Warsi as the NIA officer does a fabulous job. His act of a funny yet immensely clever officer is pulled off amazingly by him. Sharad Kelkar as Paddy Sharma, the lead villain is too loud and quite stereotypical in the film. Divya Dutta does a good job as the cunning politician. She completely kills it in one of the scenes where she is seen having a conversation with the NIA officer at the dinner table. Sagarika Ghatge looks pretty but sadly does not match up to the rest of the cast when it comes to acting.
The film’s failing is it’s amateur writing and execution. You will not regret if you don’t watch. 2 (Two Star) out of 5 star for this.