Fight Club (2006)
Director: Vikram Chopra
Tagline: Fight Club! Fight Club! Fight Club!
Be still rampaging internet fan boys! This is not a direct copy of your beloved movie Fight Club or the now mythologised story by Chuck Palahniuk. I am not a fan of the original so I feel I can at least be impartial about it and not come into the experience full of hatred towards the work.
The story begins with four friends - Vicky (Zayed Khan), Karan (Dino Morea), Somil (Ritesh Deshmukh) and Dicky (Aashish Chowdhry), showing them getting fired from various jobs and otherwise screwing around. One day Vicky comes up with the idea for starting a club to allow people to settle disputes in private and the Fight Club is born.
Despite being raided a few times by the police, they still manage to continue the club and make a packet. Things change when Vicky's uncle is murdered by a gang trying to take over his nightclub in New Delhi and the friends move there to take it over. On their first night the place is trashed by the same gang, so Vicky asks for the help of a bouncer named Samer (Sohail Khan). He refuses the offer of work, but helps Vicky when he gets beaten up and they become friends.
The same gang that killed Vicky's uncle is out to get them and the death of minor gangster Mohit (Yash Tonk), is a frame up so that his brother Anna (Sunil Shetty) will kill them out of revenge and they will get the night club by default. Will their friendship stand up to this test? Why is it called fight club when only half the movie is about that? Why do some of the extras have Australian accents? I'll let you find out for yourself.
I thought this movie was alright in itself and great for a first effort. Most people who have not seen it will think it is a straight copy of the earlier Hollywood movie and just dismiss it off hand. There are some important differences however such as the humour (Dicky mostly) and red hot babe action in the form of Diya Mirza, Amrita Arora and Neha Dhupia to name just three.
There are song and dance sequences in this film, but they mostly fit in with the story. My favourite one includes dancing cowboy leathermen in the nightclub. They seemed a bit conventional to me, but as I had watched Disco Dancer the night before everything seemed a bit dull in comparison.
The fights were good, but a bit too flashy for me. The ones in the Fight Club were nothing special, but there are some better ones towards the end that make up for it. I did note that the Fight Club fights ended when someone raised their hand which was a big difference.
In what is sure to give some people an aneurism, there is heaps of product placement in this movie including MTV, Pepsi, Diet Coke, Yves St Laurent and even Nandos. I don't know what it is with product placement in some movies as it just sticks out like a sore thumb and people laugh at it (like Nescafe in Night Watch.)
Overall I thought this movie was good, but it did drag on a bit towards the end and the Fight Club part of it wasn't really that big a part of the story. Hopefully this director goes on to make more movies with original titles and his own stories.
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