ANTIM THE FINAL TRUTH has an entertaining first half and the face off between Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma keeps the interest going.

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Antiem – The Final Truth is the story of a rivalry between a cop and a gangster. Rahul (Ayush Sharma) lives with his parents and sister in a village near Pune, Maharashtra. His father Datta Pehalwan (Sachin Khedekar) owned a piece of land, but he sold it to Shinde (Uday Tikekar) at an unreasonable price for the grand wedding ceremony of his former daughter Seema (Siddhi Dalvi). Shinde builds a farm house on Dutta’s land and Dutta works there as a security guard. Shinde treats her badly and one day, he fires her from her job on a trivial excuse. The family then moves to Pune where Dutta Pehalwan works as a porter in the vegetable market. The goons of local councilor Salvi (Vijay Nikam) ask all the porters for a week. A porter, Satya (Mahesh Manjrekar), refuses to pay one day. The goons beat him up. Rahul and his friend Gyan (Rohit Haldikar) attack the goons. Rahul and Gyan are arrested and taken to the nearest police station, led by Rajveer Singh (Salman Khan). He is a noble officer and Datta refuses to release him despite pleas from Pehalwan and Seema. Rajgir also tells Rahul not to break the law as it may cause trouble to his family. In prison, Salvi’s men attack Satya and Gyan. The fight is stopped by Nanya Bhai (Upendra Limaye). He sees potential in Rahul and Gyan. Once they come out of jail, Rahul expresses his desire to teach Salvi a lesson. Rahul and Gyan get a chance to do this one day but they accidentally kill him. They are back in jail but this time Nanya Bhai gets bail. Rahul then fights for the rights of the farmers who come to the vegetable market. He decides to give everyone a fair price for their produce. Nanya Bhai sees the potential in Rahul’s business model and becomes a partner. Rahul also starts doing dirty work of Nanya Bhai like forcibly grabbing farm land from poor farmers. Rahul does not see anything wrong in this but one day Satya told him that it was Nanya Bhai who had forced Datta Pehalwan to sell his land at a price less than the market price. Nanya also threatened to rape Seema if Dutta Pehalwan turned down the offer. Meanwhile, MLA Ambeer (Sharad Ponkhe), Nanya’s staunch opponent, tells Rahul to eliminate Nanya. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

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ANTIM – THE FINAL TRUTH The official remake of the 2018 Marathi film Mulshi Pattern [written and directed by Pravin Tarde], Praveen Tarde’s story touches upon some important issues like land mafia, migration of rural population and their exploitation in urban areas, etc. Mahesh V Manjrekar, Abhijit Deshpande and Siddharth Salvi’s screenplay is good in the first part but not encouraging in the second half. The characters and the plot are such that the film could have gone to great heights. Instead, the writers pepper the narrative with beaten-to-death and brash scenes after the intermission. However, some scenes are exceptionally written. Mahesh V Manjrekar, Abhijit Deshpande and Siddharth Salvi’s dialogues are sharp and professional, without going over the top.

Mahesh V Manjrekar’s direction is fine. The seasoned directors try their best to make the move exciting. He also gives the film a very realistic look and realistic setting. Some sequences like the meeting of Rajveer and Rahul in the police station and Rahul’s attack on Salvi are quite shocking. The intermission point is dramatic. After the interval, two sequences unfold – one, when Manda (Mahima Makwana) scolds Rahul in front of hundreds in the market, and the other, when Rahul asks Dutta to stay with her and the latter refuses. Barring these two sequences and the climax, the second half is unimaginable. Rajveer’s grand plan to start a war between warring gangs is childish and is presented as the biggest plan ever conceived by a character in a film.

ANTIM – The Final Truth doesn’t waste time and the characters and their problems are introduced at the very beginning. Rajveer’s entry is heroic. The first half is engaging and the film is expected to do well in the second half, especially after Rajveer and Rahul’s fight at the interval point. Sadly, the film goes downhill after the interval. The chase and the final battle is when the film picks up pace. But the film ends on a very dark and disappointing note. Also, the film is very local in nature. For these two reasons, the reach of the film may be limited.

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Salman Khan is not in the best form but manages to make an impact in few scenes. Thankfully she has a pivotal role and is in the film from start to finish. Aayush Sharma has improved a lot since his debut film Loveyatri [2018], The actor has worked hard and it shows. Apart from the strong performance, his dialogue delivery is also commendable. Mahima Makwana makes a confident start and is memorable in the scene where she blasts Aayush. Sachin Khedekar is dependable. Upendra Limaye makes a big impression in a small role. Uday Tikekar is decent while Vijay Nikam is good in cameo. Mahesh Manjrekar has played the same role as he played in Dabangg [2010], His dialogues are difficult to understand. Jishu Sengupta (Pity) and Nikitin Dheer (Kaya) are poor. Prem Dharmadhikari (Sidhu) gives a good performance and has a pivotal role. Rohit Haldikar is in the majority of the film, but he doesn’t have much to do. Sayaji Shinde (Uday) and Bharat Ganeshpure (Lawyer) gave able support. Sharad Ponkashe, Siddhi Dalvi and Chhaya Kadam (Rahul’s mother) don’t get much scope. Waluscha De Sousa is looking very beautiful in item song.

Hitesh Modak’s music is forgettable. the only song that stands out ‘Someone will come’, It is played in the background and enhances the effect. Other songs – ‘Brother’s Birthday’, ‘began to happen’, ‘spark’ And ‘disruptor’ are disappointing. Ravi Basrur’s background score has a tremendous vibe.

Karan B Rawat’s cinematography is prevalent, but some of the top angle drone shots on the market are spectacular. Vikram Dahiya’s action is not bloody and does a good job. The intro action scene of ANL Arasu is the best action piece of the film. Prashant R Rane’s production design is realistic. Ashley Rebello and Alvira Khan Agnihotri’s costumes are genuine and alluring. The editing of Bunty Nagi is neat.

Overall, the first half of Antim – The Final Truth is entertaining and the face-off between Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma keeps the interest going. But the unexpected second half dampens the overall impression.

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