25 July, 2021


A wisp of a plot that betrays no trace of originality

Starring: Aftab Shivdasani, Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Rahul Dev
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Rating: *

The good things first. Footpath has a fairly decent set of performances: a likeable Aftab, a diabolical Rahul and a self-assured and competent debutante Emraan. But all these budding fine actors are constrained by one seminal problem: a wisp of a plot that betrays no trace of originality. This time the Bhatts fall back on their own previous ventures for inspiration than poaching on Hollywood flicks. A case of hurried, lazy filmmaking that results in a stillborn motion picture. The central strand of Footpath, about three friends on either side of the law, is lifted from Mahesh Bhatt's Akshay Kumar-Nagarjuna-Paresh Rawal starrer Angaarey, the sibling feelings between Rahul and Emraan are reminiscent of the Aamir Khan-Rajat Kapoor emotions in Vikram Bhatt's Ghulam, life on the mean streets suggests a Sadak and the various cops on...

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