The crime thriller sagas have been one of the favourite subjects of many Bollywood filmmakers for decades now. Reliving the same genre, director Kabeer Kaushik has come up with his latest release Maximum, featuring Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Amit Sadh and Neha Dhupia. The film is set in the Bombay (and not Mumbai) of the past and the story portrays encapsulates politics, land deals, and fake encounters. But, to one's expectation, the film fails to deliver the MAXIMUM as the title promises.
Story: The story of Maximum goes back to 2003, where the local police had declared a war against the underworld. Two brave officers Pratap Pandit (Sonu Sood) and Arun Inaamdar (Naseeruddin Shah) have been given the responsibility to root out the wrong-doers. The story is majorly based on the two cops, one journey and a struggle for 'maximum' power. But they are not alone in this game, there are other players as well. The conspirators moving at every level. Taking the dream through layers of emotions and betrayals to an unpredictable climax. While Pandit (Sonu Sood) is ambitious, Inaamdar (Naseeruddin) is shown conniving and silent.
Maximum lacks the vivid detailing and the plot badly lacks meat. The film is based on two Mumbai encounter cops, who are locked in a bitter and eventually self-defeating turf war. But, to one's surprise there isn't much dramatic conflict between the duo. What's more disappointing is that the film at times leaves you clueless as in what's actually going on.
Performance: Talking about the performances, Sonu Sood is an encounter cop of few words and many bullets. He's the blue-eyed boy of the Establishment. A man with all the greys and all the power. Sonu has an impressive screen presence, but fails to prove himself due to weak plot. Naseeruddin in his element is an experience that needs no definition. Naseer is just dynamic. No wonder Shah just steals the show with his power pack performance.
Neha Dhupia, who is playing the role of Pandit's wife, is subsequently killed by his rivals in the climax. She looks lovely and more appealing in traditional, sari avatar, rather than her bikini look. Vinay Pathak plays Tiwari, an Uttar-Bharatiya neta, looks convincing as the politician. Amit Sadh as a reporter is decent in his role.
Music: The music is given by Amjad-Nadeem and the lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed. One notable thing in the movie is Hazel Keech's popular item number 'Aa ante Amalapuram'. Despite Hazel Keech's minimal clothing, the item number fails to impress since it's distracting when you can't understand the words.
Verdict: On the whole, the film certainly doesn't make any sense and fails to deliver the MAXIMUM.