2 out of 5 (40%) reviewers would recommend
Naseeruddin Shah,Arshad Warsi,Divya Dutta,Sharad Kelkar,Sagarika Ghatge
A mysterious bomb blast in a business tycoon's factory prompts the state CM to hire an NIA officer. He meets an ex-army man seeking revenge for his dead daughter and a journalist demanding justice for her slain boyfriend. Nothing is what it seems. The film raises contemporary ecological issue with lot of thrill.
Feb 17, 2017
Army man,Parabjeet Walia(Naseeruddin Shah) dotes on his only daughter Riya (Rumana Molla). He is shattered when she is declared terminally-ill. On digging deeper to find the real cause of her mysterious disease, he discovers that many others in Punjab are dying of cancer because of the contaminated water that is supplied to the township. Naseer, then sets out to expose the nexus between a pharmaceutical giant and the State Administration, both of who are turning a blind eye to the health hazards of the dying public. He is joined on his mission by Intelligence Officer, Arjun Mishra (Arshad Warsi)
Irada has its heart in the right place. Having picked up a subject that talks of environmental hazards, debutant director Aparnaa Singh's conscientious streak shows. Her film that is being marketed as an eco-thriller (whatever!) draws inspiration from Hollywood thriller Erin Brockovich (2000).However, unlike the Hollywood film that managed to raise a red flag warning us of how pharmaceutical companies are playing with innocent lives, Irada barely scratches the surface. The film's attempt to educate the audience on the perils of chemical contamination' reverse boring and groundwater pollution that is a harsh reality around urban townships is half-baked. Actually the film's failing is it's amateur writing and execution. You can see that the maker is crushed under the weight of the material chosen. The treatment also yo-yos. On the one hand, you feel anguish when Naseer loses his daughter and when the 'cancer train' is brought on board to convey the enormity of the crisis looming over us. But on the other hand,the film leaves you stone-cold because of the consistencies in the character sketches and screenplay. While Naseeruddin and Arshad are perfect, the villain Paddy F Sharma (Sharad Kelkar) and his partner-in-crime, CM, Ramandeep Braitch(Divya Dutta) are absolute caricatures. There is also a sub-plot of a journalist (Sagarika Ghatge) seeking revenge for her dead boyfriend. Even this track is really weak. If intention is everything, you may feel kindly towards Irada. Unfortunately when it comes to a celluloid experience, story-telling is prime. Here,the film falters.
A mysterious bomb blast in Paddy Sharma(Sharad Kelkar's) factory prompts the state CM, Ramandeep Braitch(Divya Dutta) to hire an NIA officer, Arjun Mishra(Arshad Warsi). He meets an ex-army man, Parabjeet Walia(Naseeruddin Shah) seeking revenge for his dead daughter,Riya Walia(Rumana Molla) and a journalist, Maya Singh(Sagarika Ghatge) demanding justice for her slain boyfriend, Anirudh Dutt(Nikhil Pandey). When Mishra comes to investigate he finds that the administration is at fault. He turns rogue and instead of siding with the Government he joins hands with Walia to find out what really happened. Activist Anirudh Dutt who has damaging evidence against Paddy Sharma is killed ruthlessly. His girlfriend, journalist Maya also vows to expose the nexus between the CM and the pharmaceutical giant. She parks herself outside the factory at night and captures the reverse boring and the dumping of hazardous stuff into the waters on her handycam. She takes the evidence to Mishra. In the meantime Walia who is heartbroken that his daughter Riya died due to the cancer caused by the chemicals in the water vows to bring the system down. Walia who is also a writer goes to social dos and embarrasses Paddy Sharma with his remarks. He also causes a stir in the life of the CM. However no one realises that he can go even deeper and cause harm. Except Mishra. In the meanwhile, every home in Bhatinda has a cancer patient. and there is a cancer train that is run between Bhatinda and Lalgarh so that the patients can seek treatment. on the one hand,the administration shows sympathy to the patients and pretends to offer them treatment. On the other hand,they are tied up with the pharmaceutical company for profits and allow them to dump their chemical waste in the town's reservoirs.
1. 'Irada' is India's first film that explores the subject of eco-terrorism. 2. Directed by debutante Aparnaa Singh, the film throws light on grave environmental issues that lie buried beneath money power and political influence. 3. This is the third film where Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi will be sharing screen space after 'Ishqiya' and 'Dedh Ishqiya'. 4. Divya Dutta,who plays the antagonist, will be seen essaying the role of a ruthless and corrupt politician.