Johnny Gaddar - Not A Caper Movie

I love caper movies. I enjoy every bit about them. I love the way the con men strut about as if they own the world, while a creditor is harrying towards them, I enjoy it when these guys pull off their heist, and I heave a chuckle of relief when I see them getting their lady love.

I have not had the good fortune of watching many caper movies, and today I suffer from a loss of attention deficiency to enjoy any Bollywood or Hollywood caper movie. But I have seen the entire Oceans series, or for the more romantic notioned people, the Oceans trilogy. I consider Oceans 11 the greatest modern love story, Oceans 12 a little complex film, and Oceans 13 being a comeback movie for the trilogy.

So, after watching the movie, installing its theme, getting its screensaver and downloading its ringtone, I went ahead and waited for something better or equal to Oceans 11. And then was when Johnny Gaddar came into the fray. So, looking at the slick promos, I decided the movie would be worth a watch, and went into the cinema hall.

There are many misconceptions about Johnny Gaddar. One, the movie is a caper movie. I repeat, it is not a caper movie. It may be a thriller, it may be a money movie, but it is definitely not a caper movie. A caper movie is where a person, or a group of people make away with a lot of money.

Basically, the movie is about a very lucky man having a very lucky stint regarding a huge amount of money, with his luck failing in the last reel of the movie. He cannot be compared to Ocean, or any other con man. Ocean was a slick man who had total control over everything happening around him. Johnny is just a man who is weak, unsure of himself, and ready to spill the beans to save his life any second. Of course, film enthusiasts will never end their drinks induced argument whether Johnny was the eternal fool, or whether he was the most suave conman ever.

Well, to bring an end to the argument, he does die, lose all the money, and lose his girl, not in that particular order, towards the end of the movie. Now, if they do plan to make a sequel to the movie with him alive, then yes, he is the most intelligent con man I have ever seen.

Of course, that the movie is not a caper movie doesn't make it a bad movie. It is a good movie in itself. With a good enough story line, good conceptualization and tremendous acting from all sides. Some critics have been picking through the movie, for example, in the scene where Johnny shoots down Sheshadri, many critics question how Sheshadri can keep a loaded gun when he finds out the identity of the conman. Well, to be frank, from the characterization, if I were Sheshadri, I would not dream of Johnny shooting me. That is something known as honor amongst thieves. And yes, the argument stands that if he has been uncovered as the con man, where is the honor, but you must understand, there is a difference between a financial crime and a crime.

Second, some critics also point out that Shardul should know that his wife is having an affair with Johnny, who is coincidentally his crime partner. For that, all I would like to say is to allow your wife to have a affair with your close friend, and then inform me about how much time you took to find and believe it.

So, basically, I give kudos for a different movie like Johnny Gaddar being liked by people, but I cringe when they call it a caper movie. Like a person is not a thief until he isn't caught, a caper isn't a caper until someone doesn't go into the sunsent with the dough.





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