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Dirty Politics Movie Review (Story, Box Office and Climax Revealed)


STORYAnokhi Devi (Mallika Sherawat) is a popular dancer who engages in a relationship with Dina Nath (Om Puri) for political power. When election ticket doesn't come her way, she threatens to bring out an objectionable CD containing something that can destroy Dina Nath's career. Anokhi goes missing and the case moves to CBI for investigation.

REVIEW: A hybrid of political drama and murder mystery, Dirty Politics is a warped tale. Despite flaunting a convoy of seasoned actors, the film fails to hold up its promising premise. The script's most potent part is the sex scandal but the writer introduces an array of meaningless sub-plots which dilutes it. Had the story systematically unraveled its myriad facets, it could've left a thumping impact.
There is no drama or suspense in the film. The only mystery that remains is why actors like Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher agreed to be a part of such muck. A mishmash of dismal performances, terrible editing and an unsurprising plot-line, the film fails to do justice to its core idea of dishing out a political drama where sex plays a powerful role.

Sex is instead used as a prop to titillate in this amateurish story. A top politician cannot keep his libido in control and allows himself to be used as a pawn by his keep whose 'dirty' ambitions include attaining political power. Sherawat's skin show adds no value to the plot. Kher, Shah and Puri manage to better an otherwise dreadful narrative but with a plot this execrable, a better film cannot be whipped up.

Silly isn't a term broad enough to encapsulate the zest of this movie. Stories like these demand a little more sensitivity but the director's incoherence of understanding the theme make this a wasted attempt. What else can explain the rape sequence in the climax?

Expect to remain unmoved by this film which tries to unleash the morally corrupt face of Indian politics. The product we have at hand, is a juvenile tryst which focuses on a sexually charged up plot to garner good box office moolah.

Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film. 

PLOT SUMMARY 

The story begins with the fact that Anokhi Devi, a powerful political figure has gone missing. There is an uproar to find her and it is deduced that people behind her kidnapping are powerful figures. The case that is first with the police traces the incident back to Mukhtiyar Khan. Cops come to arrest Khan but on the orders of their superiors they are compelled to let him go. Manoj Singh, a local social worker is inextricably involved in this. The last call Anokhi had made was to him. On his pestering, the case moves to CBI who gets back the officers who were the first to investigate the case. 

The case gets completely out of hand and complicated when officer Mishra takes over the case. He begins to do a thorough background check on Anokhi. It's discovered that she was initially a dancer but this field came her way when politician Dina Nath takes a liking for her. Since she grew up in very bad financial situation, she is easily lured by money. Her relationship with Dina Nath was given her power, money and things were quite working out for her. 

Mukhtiyar and she set their eye on the same constituency and since the guy knew too many of their secrets, Dina Nath had no option but to give away that constituency to him. Anokhi loses it and she and Nath end up in a verbal scuffle. She tells him of the CD which is the proof of them making love and threatens to make it viral. What was even more shocking was that Dina Nath takes it on him and tries to trade with her. She asks for 50 crores in return for the tape and constituency. 

To get her out if the way, Dina Nath gets Mukhtiyar to kill her. The police is recklessly looking for cues to get to the murderer. Their immediate target in Mukhtiyar because the tape that Singh had accused him of her kidnapping. Evidences are unrevealed and Anokhi's phone is discovered from a stack of dry grass. It seems that they kill her and then burnt her body. 

But the police is looking for proof. While all evidence is against Mukhtiyar, the crime was done on Dina Nath's behest and no foolproof evidence was found against him. On their way to the court, Mukhtiyar is murdered. 

Singh meanwhile is collecting evidence to pull down the criminals. The CD that contained the objectionable video was found in Anokhi's locker. Anokhi's secretary in an attempt to save his sister dupes her to go meet Mukhtiyar, where he kills her. When the police learns of it and brings to court's notice, it is understood that the conviction cannot be done without evidence.

When Singh is on his way to bring the CD, he finds out his daughter was raped and that was filmed. The brave daughter convinces her father to stand up for what is right, which he does. He testifies in court but due to lack of solid evidence the two are granted bail. Singh learns that the judge let them loose and he kills Dina Nath and his helper to get Anokhi justice. 

Due to Holi, the new releases this week - Hey Bro and Badmashiyan, did not get a good opening at the box office. Both the movies had about a 5 per cent opening at multiplexes. 

Mallika Sherawat's oomph factor saved Dirty Politics and the film had a 10- 15% opening in comparison to Hey Bro and Badmashiyaan, with Dirty Politics making Rs 1.25 crore nett on the opening day. The film managed to make a total of Rs 4.50 crore during the extended Holi weekend.

The first week collections of the film stand at Rs 6 crore.
 

Day 1Rs 1.15 crore nett
Day 2Rs 1.30 crore nett
Day 3Rs 1.50 crore
Day 4Rs 65 lakhs
Week 1Rs 6 crore
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