12 April, 2021


Director: Ram Gopal Verma; Starring: Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala

The bullet is in the mind, goes an old underworld saying. Ram Gopal Verma makes it reside in the camera—the world of the gangster comes alive as never before through a series of rapid-fire incidents tied together by a commentary. Unlike Satya, which relied more on raw appeal and a passionate exploration of individual fate in a violent world, Company breaks the emotional chord by going objective. The narrative moves, newspaper-like, recounting the story of Mallik (Ajay Devgan) and Chandu (Vivek Oberoi), two budding gangsters, who cross paths and entwine fates.

The film subtly hints at a time when the new mafia arrived with a new attitude. Verma's achievement lies in the way he brings out the attitude. Mallik ditches Aslambhai, his own mentor. Chandu breaks old rules of Bambaiyya underworld during his rise. Later, the two friends go against each other and lose much in the bargain. Yet, they do not express remorse or regret.

For the first time perhaps, criminals express a hard-boiled, professional approach towards their job in Hindi cinema. The same goes...

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