Wild Dog Movie Star Cast: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Syami Kher, Atul Kulkarni
Wild Dog Film Director: Ashishor Solomon
Wild dog movie rating: 2.5 stars
Debutant director Ashishore Solomon’s wild dog is based on a real-life covert operation conducted by the National Investigation Agency. While the term ‘surgical strike’ has now become part of our vocabulary, the film introduces us to India’s guerrilla war against its most wanted terrorists.
NIA officer Vijay Verma (Nagarjuna) discovers the whereabouts of India’s most wanted terrorist Khalid Bhatkal. He informs his superior that Khalid is planning something big and needs to stop now. Khalid is in Nepal, and Vijay performs operations across the border. Victory even gives the example of Israel, which uses guerrilla tactics to end security threats against its country. Vijay says something like, “When Israel can do it, why can’t India do it?”
The government’s inaction failed to prevent another terrorist attack and a series of Hyderabad bomb blasts. Atul Kulkarni’s DGP Hemant calls Vijay, “Don’t be a coward.” “I am not a coward. This is the system, ”Hemant replies.
Vijay argues, “This makes us no less guilty.”
Vijay set out the official process. He and his team of boys decided under secrecy for Kathmandu, arrested Khalid and brought him back to face law in India. This we already know from the trailer. So what else does Wild Dog provide?
Cinematically, the film is mediocre at best. More or less it feels like a television film. Perhaps, budget cuts and restrictions to shoot the film during the coronavirus epidemic may be due to its iff production values. However, the film has failed to leave its mark on the big screen. Shenil Dev’s cinematography is slightly rough and has little artistic value. The bombing scenes and the ensuing gunfights in the woods look dated. It lacks the intensity of the action sequences we treat in the opening moments when Vijay and his team hunt down terrorists on the bustling streets.
However, Solomon’s writing is the film’s saving grace. His no-frills approach works but only to an extent. This is not the thriller we expected.