“A once-in-a-lifetime show for those who want their patriotism up their sleeves, don’t bother to fact-check, and enjoy a dramatic blend of fact and fiction,” notes Prasanna D. Zore.

This airspace was vital for Pakistan to move its troops and wartime infrastructure during the war between Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s “moth-eaten” West Pakistan (now Pakistan) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Around the clock, these 30 officers are surrounded and monitored by the Pakistani police and army.

They are allowed to phone their parents at home just so a supposedly smart Pakistani army officer (Afzal Aga, played by Ashwath Bhatt) can overhear their conversations, put two and two together and “strip naked” (“hamein nanga karne ke liye‘ blurts out the film’s protagonist, Dev Jamval (played by Vidyut Jammwal), with the plan of these IB officers and their political masters.

Such a fantastic, captivating plot based on untold but true and secret documents – now declassified – is wasted by director Sankalp Reddy and actor and producer Vidyut Jammwal.

Sankalp, who skillfully directed the 2017 hit The Ghazi AttackHe fails to create the ultimate thrill IB 71although there are scenes that give the impression that the director wanted to emulate the skilful back-and-forth coordination between Indian spies Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Rana Dagubatti and their handler at home, Danny Denzongpa, in the film infant as Vidyut Jammwal and Anupam Kher coordinate their master plan IB 71.

IB 71The film’s plot easily offers other occasions where the director could have given the audience goosebumps, such as the two Kashmiri terrorists – Qasim Qureshi (Vishal Jethwa, a brilliant actor who doesn’t get a big part) and Faizan Khan (Ashfaq Qureshi). ) – hijacking of an Indian Airlines Fokker plane. But the portrayal of these terrorists as donkeys frolicking around shatters all of those expectations.

Sarpe only country check Level’ (Land the plane on my head if you can’t land it on the runway), says a frustrated Qasim Qureshi as he forces the pilot to land the plane at Lahore Airport and the airport authorities deny him permission to land.

With all its flaws IB 71 is still a one-off watch for those who want to wear their patriotism up their sleeves, not bother with fact-checking, and enjoy a dramatic mix of fact and fiction.

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