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Crook: It's Good to Be Bad (2010)

Corrupt police and racially motivated attacks against Indian students complicate a re-located crook's life and romance in Australia.

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Jai Dixit / Suraj Bhardwaj
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Suhani
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Samarth
Mashhoor Amrohi ...
Goldie
Kavin Dave ...
Romi Latti
Shella Alan ...
Nicole 'Nikki'
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Russell (as Francis Michael Chouler)
Jeffrey Tangreo Tsoutsos
Aman Hora
Jaideep Suri
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Sgt. Damien Stern
Darmendra Singh
Shabnam ...
Girl at Airport
Vineet Kumar Singh
Elan
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When Sub-Inspector Joseph Pinto finds that his foster son, Jai Dixit, sired by a deceased, re-formed gangster, has taken to crime, he arranges for his re-location to Melbourne, and has his name changed to Suraj Bhardwaj. Jai does re-locate there, and gets hired as a taxi-driver. He gets attracted to Suhani, much to the of her brother, Samarth, who wants her to marry Gurdaspur-based Romi Latti, who is also in Melbourne on a university scholarship. With mounting racially-motivated attacks and profiling ('Curry Boy', 'Indian Curry') against Indian students, Samarth actively protests - but Jai refrains from doing so - even after Romi is badly beaten by Caucasian youth. The protest results in violence, and Samarth is arrested. On the day of his discharge, Jai is told by a stripper, Nicole, that plans are afoot to kill Samarth, and he decides to intervene. He does succeed and even accompanies Suhani to the Police Station to identify her brother's attackers. It is here that the police will ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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It's Good to Be Bad

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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The first Punjabi Sikh rap group Hustler HC from England sampled Gurdaas Mann song "Challa" from Punjabi movie Long Da Lishkara. They used it in their song "Let The Hustlers Play". Years later Babbu Maan sampled the song "Challa" for a song in the film Crook. See more »

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The number plate changes on the Mercedes convertible that the girl picks the guy up at the airport near the beginning. See more »

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Jab Maine Paaya Tujhey... Kho Diya
Lyrics by Kumaar
Music by Pritam Chakraborty
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This time The Bhatts fail to encash reality.
27 January 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The Bhatts of Hindi Film Industry, namely Mahesh Bhatt, is known for his long list of Hit films inspired from real life news clippings or happenings. And Vishesh Films, the banner owned by the Bhatts has consistently given films based on such issues like the recent Tum Mile, Jannat, Woh Lamhe and many more. Following the same trend, this time too they bring on a film based on the most recent much publicized incidents of Racists Attacks on Indian Students living in Australia.

But unfortunately their current reality inspired offering is nothing more than a hushed up and badly made project planned only to encash the latest hot subject of Racism. In short, CROOK is simply a very less worked upon project, which has nothing interesting to offer, both to the fans of Vishesh Films and Emraan Hashmi. In fact it looks like a film which was completed in just a few months time and may be its script was also written on the floor itself, along with the shooting going on in Australia.

Starting with a very exciting scene where Emraan is shown watching a new movie in the theater and then uploading the same on the net illegally, CROOK kicks off impressively and then moves on to the same routine Bhatt formula wherein the love angle is established in the first 40 minutes of the movie. Till here it's quite OK watching Emraan romancing the pretty girl Neha Sharma in the outdoors of Australia. But right after this first section, the film slides down pretty awfully without any clear direction in its storyline and tries to exploit the burning issue of racism quite vaguely. Instead of showcasing the important problem intelligently, the entire proceedings (post intermission) simply turn out to be a revenge drama between few youngsters as usual and there is nothing substantial in the film to offer to its viewers.

The characterization of everyone in the script is quite confusing as they are all simply shown to be there surviving in Australia just for nothing. The deliberate attempt of using Punjabi characters to justify the CHALLA track sung by Emraan in the film falls flat completely. Moreover the controversial lifted song from A Hit YOU TUBE Uploader (Babbal Rai) also gets wasted due to its uninspiring treatment and placement. And then in the climax, the lengthy action sequences further test your patience quite seriously.

Frankly speaking, it's the weakest movie of the director Mohit Suri who earlier gave us good films such as Kalyug and Woh Lamhe. With a weak direction based on a further weaker script he is no-where close to any of his earlier works. The film takes up the Racism issue only for the sake of having a saleable point in the project and the director doesn't talk about it with sincerity.

Emraan Hashmi looks too casual in his approach towards the role and doesn't impress. Neha emotes well and looks confident on the screen. Rest all are just there trying to do more than what they are actually required to do in their respective scenes. Cinematography is OK including a semi nude scene of the foreign actress, which was also used to create some more excitement for the project in its news publicity.

In all, CROOK is a half hearted project made only to earn some quick profits from the subject associated with the recent racist happenings. But if you really want to watch something more concrete and specific on the topic, then you can anytime try Sohail Khan's "I – Proud To Be An Indian" which was released in 2004 and CROOK can easily be given a miss.


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