Mumbai was a different city in 2003. The fight against the underworld had been declared. And the mandate to gun them down given to a chosen few. One, Pratap Pandit and the other, Arun Inaamdar, two encounter specialists, were given authority to gun them down. Both of them, had strong informer base, sharp strategy and a long score of dead gangsters.
The battle was constantly for control. If Pratap was ambitious, Inaamdar calculative and silent. Both equally merciless. Their need was Maximum power. But they were not solely in this game. There were other players too, moving at every level, carrying the drama through a complex interplay of politics. Land deals, Farzi shoot-outs and dirty money.
A story that passes through five long years, ending on a railway platform. In the dark of the night, between the tremor of running trains, attacked by the sound of gunshots.
This is the basic story.
Pratap Pandit (sonu sood) is an upcoming expert in the Mumbai Police’s Encounter Squad, who balances his family life with the same commitment as he guns down gangsters in order to make Mumbai safe. Still, even as he fights the underworld, Pratap has to deal with opponents within the department- in the form of Arun Inaamdar (Naseeruddin Shah), a crafty veteran who boasts of a higher encounter rate. Thrown in the mix are unscrupulous builders, power hungry senior police officials and opportunist politicians, who go about making fishy deals as the two cops turn the bustling city of Mumbai in their personal battlefield…
Maximum – Performances Review
Severely disappointed to see the veteran actor in this flick, as a reviewer, although a fan of Naseeruddin Shah. Shah looks absolutely exhausted and disinterested and one would not be blamed for assuming that the actor, acknowledged for his awesome acting skills, could not gather enough enthusiasm for the role. However, having said that, Sonu Sood puts in a decent performance as the encounter cop, who is at the lead of his game and afterwards moves on a downward curve as conditions changes for the worst. Sood looks dashing as Pratap Pandit-complete with faded jeans, tucked in shirts and a pair of aviator glares and it’s not difficult to see him playing a solo hero in Bollywood in the near future. Vinay Pathak, as the politician is wasted and so is Neha Dhupia, who barely gets to do anything significant. Arya Babbar too appears clueless in the role of a plotting builder though Mohan Agashe does depict the role of a cunning politician quite well.
Maximum – Technical Review
Kaushik, who made an amazing debut with cop drama Sehar, looks to have goofed up with his past films and Maximum is no exception. Although the idea of two cops fighting for power is quite interesting, Kaushik ruins it by mixing up the plot with random instances and unnecessary scenes. Moreover, the reasons behind the bitter rivalry between the two cops, who are depicted gunning for each other with a revenge, is not explored at all. The climax especially is as unrealistic as it can get! I mean, two cops handling in back-stabbing is acceptable, but certainly the audience cannot be expected to believe that two cop factions would indulge in a shootout to slay each other on a railway station (that too in the presence of a news reporter!)
Maximum – Music Review
The music is not really worth mentioning, except for the item number – Aa ante amalapuram featuring Hazel Keech.
Maximum Movie Review – Final Verdict
Maximum really has nothing much to offer…except fans of Sonu Sood might enjoy the Film.