Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt have often admitted that newspaper headlines citing a burning issue have sown the seeds of a film in their minds. And Crook: It's Good To Be Bad, directed by the talented Mohit Suri, deals with one such issue: Racism in Australia.
Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn't entirely new, since I – Proud To Be An Indian explored the issue several monsoons ago. In fact, the issue has only got aggravated across the globe post 9/11. A film like Crook holds a lot of significance because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines to this day.
Known for high concept films, Bhatt brothers' new outing Crook, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. Sure, you expect more from the Bhatts since they are known to call a spade a spade, but the problem with Crook is that the message doesn't come across strongly. That's because it tries to strike a balance between a love story and the racism issue. In fact, it takes a really long time to catch the bull by the horns (read the racism issue) and when it does, it doesn't leave a stunning impact. In fact, it's all superficial. Also, the Bhatts are synonymous with lilting music in film after film, but unlike their earlier attempts, the music of Crook lacks the quality to linger in your memory.