Film: Crook- It’s good to be bad
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Neha Sharma, Arjan Bajwa, Gulshan Grover, Kavin Dave
Director: Mohit Suri
Rating: Average

Jaya Biswas

In his latest offing, Crook – It’good to be bad, director Mohit Suri picks up a raw, international issue — racism in Australia. Well, depiction of racism on the Hindi screen isn’t entirely new (I – Proud To Be An Indian explored the issue several years ago. Karan Johar too dealt with the subject in his last film My Name Is Khan). But a film like Crook… holds significance because the plight of Indian students in Australia continues to hit headlines.
The story revolves around Jai (Emraan Hashmi), who has a knack of getting into trouble. As Jai puts it, “It’s good to be bad”. His father was a gangster who wanted to reform, but was killed by the cops. Joseph (Gulshan Grover), a friend of his father takes him under his wings, educates him and when he catches Jai doing illegal things, he sends him to Australia to start his life afresh. 
Almost immediately after landing, Jai meets Suhani (Neha Sharma), an Indian Australian. While Suhani aims to unite Australians and Indians through her radio show, her elder brother Samarth (Arjan Bajwa) is convinced that Australians have no culture of their own and have one-point agenda of bringing Indians down. He says lines like “Main apne roots, culture aur sanskaron ke liye kisi ka bhi balidan de sakta hun.”
Jai finds accommodation with a group of youngsters headed by Gold with an ‘e’ Golde (Mashhoor Amrohi). Jai knows that if he can woo Suhani, he will eventually attain permanent residency by marrying her. Jai also flirts with Nicole, a stripper at a night club. However, her brother, Russel, is against Indians and attacks them. Jai finds himself torn in the heart of a racially disturbed city.
Known for high concept films, like suicide bombers in Dhoka, betting issue in Jannat, Bhatt brothers’ latest film Crook…, unfortunately, tackles the issue half-heartedly. The problem with Crook… is that the message somewhere gets lost in the process of tackling a love story. The first half seems to drag.
However, Crook… redeems itself in the second half, but it has more to do with Mohit Suri’s handling of the subject than the subject itself. The ordinary script doesn’t really provide him the wings to fly and Mohit surely is capable of doing better.
Pritam’s music is run of the mill. After listening to the first few songs, the album gets repetitive except for KK’s Tujhi Mein… Though the song is easy on the ears, it sounds a lot similar to Mere Bina. The peppy songs just go missing from the charts.
And this time around, the serial-kisser of Bollywood gets to do ‘much more’ than just smooching girls. Now, let that be a surprise for you. Like always, Emraan is a smooth performer. Neha Sharma is self-conscious, who looks thrilled to be around Emraan. Arjan Bajwa seems sour — as though he was pulled out of a coma without permission.  Kavin Dave, who plays the Punjabi geek, does a good job.
On the whole, Crook… has its moments, but they’re few and far between.

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