After directing the greatest Hindi movie ever made, RGV stunned me once again with another underworld flick. As written by Jaideep Sahni and narrated by Makrand Deshpande, “Company” is the name the jaat se dramebaaz press/media gives the gang run by Malik (Ajay Devgn) after Chandu (Vivek Oberoi) joins it.
Company is a thriller that keeps reminding you it has been made by the guy who made Satya: a lukkha gets inducted into an established gang, wins the don’s friendship and commands respect within the gang, which prospers by extorting money from rich builders/businessmen who are scared shitless. Even the humour is in the exact same vein as Satya.
Ram Gopal Varma is excellent with pacing and establishing other characters, the dialogues are smashing, and it’s such a delight to watch two men fire guns at a bunch of people! Watch top cop Sreenivasan (Mohanlal) grill a film star and mind-fuck an associate of Malik’s to ensnare the gang, which then decides to run the show in Mumbai from Hong Kong. Because of a clash of ideals, Malik and Chandu turn foes and the enmity grows rapidly.
Jaideep Sahni’s story progresses excellently because of his tight script, and the screenplay is engrossing! RGV made a wise decision by not inserting songs (there’s an item number but you can ignore it), and the background score is by Sandeep Chowta. The film ends with the gang’s downfall and a mention that the top cop, at some later point, writes a book called about the gang, called “Company.” Slick!