Sanjay Gupta’s latest outing takes us to Durban, South Africa. With hitless wonders like Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea, Fardeen Khan and brilliant actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Danny Denzongpa and Irfan Khan, and Gulshan Grover and Dia Mirza thrown in for good measure, Acid Factory has a bhelpuri of a cast. But this bhelpuri is without chutney, and you keep waiting for the chatpata sensation to come on and overpower you but all director Suparn Verma hands you in the end is a sukha puri.
A bunch of men find themselves in an acid factory, and realize they’re suffering from amnesia and have no idea as to what the hell is going on. Danny Denzongpa is wasted, Manoj Bajpayee is likeable but the role does his talent no justice either. Irfan Khan shines as the main baddie, Gulshan Grover as an Indian cop in South Africa has got the first extremely slick role of his career – he doesn’t mouth inane lines for a change.
As these men regain their memory (affected by a Pentane leak), there’s even more confusion but zero chemistry between the men in the acid factory. In fact, the scenes outside the factory are more exciting. There’s no build-up, only an unpredictable twist which is weak and makes you go ‘Yeah?’.
Everyone’s got amnesia but unfortunately they all remember stupid lines from the script. Fardeen Khan is good, Dino Morea is okay, Aftab Shivdasani is less than that. How I wish they’d stop translating sentences in Hindi after saying them in English.
Aftab to a gun-toting Fardeen: You don’t seem to be one of them.
Next line, Aftab to Fardeen: Tum in mein se ek lagte nahi ho.
Okay Fardeen, shoot him.
Dia Mirza looks pretty, and she’s pretty angry. Oh yes, she’s the aloo on the sukha puri. The only good thing about Acid Factory is it’s around 95 minutes.
Will the person who sprayed Pentane in the scriptwriters’ faces kindly do the same to me? Acid Factory is not worth your time or money. Forget about it already.