Director: Anil Sharma
Producer: Deepak Mukut, Anil Sharma, K.C. Sharma, Kamal Mukut
Writer: Anil Sharma
K. K. Raina
Himesh Reshammiya (Soundtrack album)
Genius is an Indian action thriller film directed by Anil Sharma. It marks the debut of his son Utkarsh Sharma as a male lead, who also featured as a child actor in Sharma’s 2001 blockbuster film Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mithun Chakraborty are in supporting roles in the film.
Vasudev Shastri (Utkarsh Sharma) is a topper yet charming man who comes into IIT where the second ranker, Nandini (Ishitha Chauhan), decides to make his life hell. But Vasu is smart and in love with her to be outmaneuver. Besides being the friendly ‘genius’ around campus, he has also got a part-time job working with RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) where his hacking talents are occupied.Vasu was orphaned when his parents were killed in communal riots. He was found by a priest who raised him in a temple complex in Mathura. The life-positive Vasu is the one we see in flashback. In the present, Vasu dresses in all-black, uses a walking stick and suffers from acute tinnitus. This troubled, damaged Vasu is the one who survived multiple bullet wounds during a high-level mission. Special agent Vasu heads a division of RAW called TOCSI, which was tracking public enemy number one, simply referred to as MRS (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). MRS had the ambition of insulting Jaishankar Prasad(Mithun Chakraborty) and thus he wanted Vasu to slap him in public. However at the end, MRS fails in his Vrindavan temple blast and finally Vasu kills MRS by drowning him in River.
At one time he is a college goof ball, at another, a dashing charmer and a campus hero with top scores. Our man Vasudev Shashtri or Vasu (Utkarsh Sharma) can shoot vedic chants and bullets with equal ease, chase a speeding convoy on a bicycle with a limping foot and solve rubic cubes in record time to save lives. Director Anil Sharma mounts a huge responsibility on his son’s lean shoulders to heroically outsmart everyone else including the film’s villain Nawazuddin Siddiqui. For a first timer, Utkarsh delivers on many counts with his boyish charm even as the film’s wobbly script falters repeatedly.
In an attempt to make a potboiler, the narrative packs in too many elements, but not all of them land. The campus romance between the young couple is glossy, but soulless. Film’s debutante actress Ishita Chauhan has the glam quotient, but shows little expression to convey emotion.
There is a secret mission with dominant patriotic overtones, a slick A-team, caricature bad guys and a bunch of RAW agents who act like anxious school kids when faced with crises. Mithun Chakraborty as the National Security Advisor brings seriousness to his character, albiet a tad too much. Nawazuddin makes a grand entry but his act as a genius gone wrong is a hamfest.
Film’s first half has some haunting melodies that are tastefully shot, but it’s downhill from second half onward.
Overall, ‘Genius’ is a messed up mumbo jumbo of some juvenile IIT hacks, loud sounds and verbose filmy dialoguebazi.