Ghayal Once Again Movie Review

Sunny Deol looks jaded just like the script, but some action scenes pack a punch!

Brain-o-meter Rating - 6/10


Sunny Deol last screamed out loud back in Singh Saab the Great and although bombastic in flavour, it was entertaining to witness Deol in his bone-crunching avatar, mouthing dialogues and using his fist like a hammer. Deol directs this film as the genuine sequel to his hit Ghayal and carries the narrative forward right from the climax of that film. But sadly, this film lacks meat and his directorial attempt lacks finesse of the Santoshi-directed fare.

Sunny Deol comes back from jail and rehab to launch Satyakam, a media agency with his team who go on delivering vigilante justice, holding stings and even revealing the hideous truths of other media agencies. He ultimately helps four kids who witness a crime, bashing up goons and protecting the innocent. Although, this is quite a 90s formula, the conviction that Deol brings on the screen will bowl anyone over.

First, the pluses. Ghayal Once Again has a commendable action director on board who pulls out all stops in showing no-holds-barred action, especially a bravura chase sequence near the intermission point. The pace is relentless once the kids are under threat, and the sequences at the mall are whistle-worthy too. The cinematography is frantic in the first half, and keeps the audience hooked on for sure. The songs are few thankfully and hence the narrative does not lose bite in the first hour. The sequel continuation of the story is deliberate and works in favor for the movie.

There are many cons in the movie, especially since it starts out as a vigilante justice mode then trickles down to a iffy family guidance importance narrative in the second half. Deol looks jaded but his emotive strength and intensity is still intact. The screenplay is heavily flawed as most sequences have a visual fault or two, and the connect is very jarring in most places. The main villain is shown to have a heart, which dilutes the retaliation in the end. Like Singh Saab the Great, Deol chooses to go the forgiveness path after a violent first half, which is also a bit irritating. There is no signature screams from Deol to elevate the shoddy material too. Most other actors are wasted in their roles with not much to do. Soha is the one who is completely useless here. The four debutants though manage to play their parts efficiently, although the melodramatic bits needed to be toned down. The technical team does a mediocre job overall, although there are 2-3 action sequences that are inventive.

All in all, go in only if you are a Deol fan. Else, Star Gold has many more such movies lined up everyday with dubbed South Indian blockbusters.