Critic’s Rating : / 5
Code Name: Tiranga Movie Review : Parineeti Chopra packs a punch in this predictable action-thriller
Code Name: Tiranga Review: Code Name: Tiranga, written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, follows an undercover agent Ismat/Durga who marries a civilian Dr. Mirza Ali as part of her plans to capture Omar in Turkey. Will Dr. Mirza ever figure out who she truly is? Will Durga be able to track down Omar? This action-packed drama contains all of the answers. Parineeti Chopra starred in Ribhu’s previous psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train, but she takes on a completely new persona this time. As the director of the film, Dasgupta did quite well but lacked the necessary writing chops to craft an engaging thriller.
It’s refreshing to watch Parineeti Chopra take on the villains with the sole intention of serving the country. The portions where she engages in hand-to-hand combat and the gunfights are quite slick. Her determination to shape her action avatar in a credible manner is palpable.
Punjabi singer and actor, Harrdy Sandhu who was last seen in Kabir Khan’s 83, lends solid support to the narrative. On-screen, a new pairing of Harrdy and Parineeti is endearing. Sharad Kelkar as the main antagonist Omar, tries too hard to give his character credibility but is let down by the writing team. Furthermore, his character is cliched, just like any other Muslim terrorist we’ve seen in a number of films. Even well-known actors like Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Rajit Kapur are also underutilised.
Action choreography gets the maximum share of credit, as the story of this espionage thriller is quite predictable right from the beginning. The film’s script could have been better; instead, it appears to be a mash-up of many such action thrillers, including Ek Tha Tiger, Raazi and others. However, this one fell short of a solid storyline, and well-thought-out screenplay that justified the action scenes.
By the time we get to the climactic sequences, Code Name: Tiranga which lasts about two hours and 18 minutes long, leaves you feeling a little letdown. The major issue with the film is that one can predict what will be served next, and it takes a long time to watch because of Durga and Omar’s cat-and-mouse game. A few more plot twists would have made the story more interesting.
These chases and confrontations are skillfully orchestrated in the lanes of Turkey or Afghanistan, making them visually appealing to watch. The cinematography by Tribhuvan Babu Sadineni is a delight to watch.
All in all, despite Parineeti’s overuse of heavy-duty dialogues, Code Name: Tiranga falls short of eliciting the desired adrenaline rush. Despite the story’s lack of substance, Parineeti delivers a powerful performance in this predictable action thriller.