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Mission Istanbul Movie Review
  Movie Review : Mission Istanbul
Rating : 2 / 5
Banner : Popcorn Motion Pictures & Balaji Telefilms Ltd
Cast : Zayed Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Shreya Saran, Sunil Shetty, Nikitin Dheer, Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bhardwaj and Others
Cinematography : Gururaj R J
Music : Shamir Tandon, Chirantan Bhatt, Anu Malik, Mika Singh
Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Suniel Shetty, Shabbir Boxwala
Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Released Date: July 25, 2008
Mission Istanbul Bollywood Movie Review

An action adventure, the story begins with the life of Vikas (Zayed Khan) who is an ace journalist and believes in the true ideals of bringing the truth to the people. His talent is spotted by Owais (Suniel Shetty) who heads an
Istanbul based news channel and goes by the name of 'Al Johara'. The channel is very well known for its controversial news and since that part of the world is embroiled in the vicious tentacles of terrorism; that is the key target for the channel. Vikas gets an offer from Owais to head the channel and fulfill his ambition of getting the real truth and unpolluted news. Vikas who is going through a personal crisis since his marriage with Anjali (Shriya) is on the rocks and the divorce process is happening. To overcome that, Vikas takes up the assignment and little does he know what he is getting into. Truth releases upon him when Owais is killed and Vikas is given a warning by Rizwan Khan, the Turkish commando who informs him that even he would be kicking the bucket if he is planning to leave the job. What follows from there is a roller coaster ride of high adrenalin action, the taming of the terrorists and bringing justice through gun power and a war against terror.

Mission Istanbul Hindi Cinema Review


The director known for his typical action flicks has come out with an interesting plot but then the narration was not solid enough to take the movie with a good momentum. Presentation was par excellence given the high technical values of the film. The real backbone for the movie is the incredible camerawork and on an equal seat is the action sequences which have some really heart stopping moments. However, the flip side is the music which was not effective, the editing which could have been a lot better and mainly the script which lost its grip as the film took off with some flying colors. Screenplay was effective. Zayed Khan looked good in his trim shape and enacted his scenes well. Vivek Oberoi looked rough enough as the commando, Suniel Shetty was his regular self and carried out his role with ease and the man to watch out for is Nikitin Dheer who was flexing his muscles and looked like a real baddie. Shreya provided the required soft touch and she sure has a mysterious sparkle in her that can attract people. Shabbir Ahluwalia is one talent that needs to be utlised well. Abhishek's special number was waste, Shweta Bharadwaj was sensible and made her presence felt. The others did their bit as per the standards.

Mission Istanbul Filem Review

While action is the genre of the movie, it is essential that action alone cannot make things happen, especially with the Indian audience. While the first half of the film was really impressive with the building up of the plots, the characters and the subject but then it looked like the story was left behind and only the action part was focused upon completely. The second half is a major disappointment which really thre water on the high paced action flick. The stunts were definitely commendable, no doubt about that but then what's a film without a story and a proper direction to it? Success seems far fetched for the movie but then the absence of biggies round the corner and the high adrenaline action might get in few extra bucks which can make this movie a profitable venture.

Bharatstudent Verdict: Purely for action fans, otherwise the Mission has failed.

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