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posted 19 May 2012 09:28 by Amer Shoib
'Department', Ram Gopal Verma's much-awaited thriller unites a who’s who of cross-generational acting heavyweights in his latest piece of cinematic artistry, through B4U Pictures and presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Can the ace director give us another classic like Sarkar?

Alarmed at the hitherto unseen escalation in underworld criminal activities some top officials including the home secretary, the home minister, and the director general of police hold a secret meeting in which they take a decision to create a new unit which is unofficially referred to as 'The Department'.

'Department' is a story of a terrifying power struggle within the bowels of the mother of all powers - the police 'Department'.

The music of the film is composed by Dharam Sandeep, Bappi Lahiri and Vikram Nagi. 'Dan, dan cheeni shoot mix', a re-mixed Hindi version of the Tamil song 'Aasai Nooru', Composed by Dharam-Sandeep and penned by Vayu, the track is an out-and-out masala number song with whistle sounds and an amazing chorus. We have Kammo', composed by Bappi Lahiri's son Bappa, who lives up to his father's image to an extent with the song.' The theme song of the film t' titled 'Ek Do Teen Chaar' takes off as a grunge rock number with powerful beats and drums but midway completely moulds itself and you are greeted with heavy dubstep that just bowls you over. It is simply amazing. 'Bad Boys' has good electronic beats and 'Mumbai Police', is a rap number. The sound track has  powerful music. The music scores big in the dance department with its groovy numbers that makes you sway.

Direction wise Ram Gopal Verma takes audiences on another rollercoaster ride to the dark side – this time into the guarded inner echelons of the police ‘department’, where the unnerving power struggles quickly separate the men from the boys. The film consistently packs a punch with state-of-the-art action sequences, a gripping, fast-paced narrative and powerful dialogues.. Another feather in the cap of this brilliant director.

Acting wise Amitabh Bachchan essays ‘Sarjeroa’ – a Machiavellian character whose power lies in his manipulation and deception. He is brilliant in the film , 
And deserves full marks for giving another power house performance.
Sanjay Dutt plays  Mahadev’, a dynamic character whose power lies in his dual personality that he very successfully hides. The actor delivers what is required of him, and plays his mentor role very well. Rana Daggubati’s ‘Shivnarayan’ represents a shoot-first-talk-later kind, whose power lies in his obedience to those he respects. He is a very competent actor , who works well with the senior artists. The Indian-German Nathalia Kaur, the Brazilian girl of Indian descent who has done an item number is nothing to write home about. 

Department  will appeal to all those who like films on the under world, and the director has done full justice to genre. 

I leave it to the audience to make their own minds up.

Verdict: 4/5

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