Ungli ~ Review

Ungli with Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut is a vigilante film that tackles corruption. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

Emraan Hashmi

Writer and director Rensil D’Silva who is best known for his screenplay of Rang De Basanti (2006), tries to borrow the idea of youth trying to take the law in their own hands to teach the corrupt a lesson.

With Ungli, the director clearly wanted to make a good entertaining film with social awareness, however he fails midway.

Struck by a personal tragedy with no justice from the corrupt system, a group of four friends: a crime reporter, a computer engineer, a medical apprentice and a car mechanic (let’s not judge how these people who come from such diverse fields even met each other) decide to form a gang named ‘Ungli’. Yes, you guessed the right finger.


The self-appointed vigilantes choose their every corrupt target carefully and teach them a lesson in the dark hours. While it is fun to watch the new schemes and techniques adapted by the gang to expose the corrupt officials, you wish this existed in reality. India needs this badly.

As the Ungli gang creates an impact on society, the police force become restless, perhaps feeling inferior that somebody else is doing their job better and more efficiently.

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Soon, the cop ACP Kale (Sanjay Dutt) is assigned to catch the self proclaimed heroes. Kale seeks Nikhil’s (Emraan Hashmi) help to catch the gang.

Nikhil himself is the kind of junior police officer who pranks a bomb scare at a women’s hostel to get some love making time with his girlfriend.

Hired by Kale, Nikhil plans to gain access into the Ungli gang and once he does, Nikhil understands their motive and cause and starts to empathise with them.

Thanks to the lazy and boring screenplay, the film moves ahead unsurprisingly.

The dialogues of the film are so hackneyed, that you wonder if anybody ever speaks so in real life. If you speak lines like: “Aansoo se sirf whisky dilute hoti hai”? OR “Agar aap Kale hai toh woh bhi dilwale hain,” in real life, then this film is for you.

The second half of the film is so predictable and takes you for granted that you give up on the logic behind the story and the events and try to make yourself enjoy the film, for you have paid good earned money for the ticket.

Amongst the cast, Randeep Hooda who was seen in Kick (2014), puts on a good act. One feels very bad for Kangana Ranaut, who entirely carried Queen (2014) on her shoulders, fails to be even visible in this film. She is wasted in the film.

Ungli is a not well thought out film which potentially could have been a great entertainer with a good message. It is no wonder then, that despite Ungli being a Dharma production, it is a disappointment at the box office.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”

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