The film starts off with the introduction of a ‘totally safe’ Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra) and an ‘action-packed’ Rishi (Sidharth Malhotra). While Gaurav works in the marketing department of a leading software company, Rishi works in ‘Unit X’ as the ‘Man Friday’ of Colonel (Suniel Shetty), a self-centred high profile badman, who does not think twice before bumping off any of his henchmen for his own benefit. The ‘future-perfect’ Gaurav nurtures his long cherished dream of having his own lavish house so that his children can play at ease. Even though he is in love with his colleague Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez), he does not muster the courage to confess his love for her. On the other hand, after having worked for so many years for Colonel, the trigger-happy Rishi decides to call it a day and have a peaceful life, minus any violence.
When Rishi tells Colonel about his decision to leave ‘Unit X’, the initially reluctant Colonel allows him to leave the outfit, but, only after completing one last task. Wasting no time, Colonel instructs his men to bump off Rishi once the task is completed. Do Rishi and Gaurav ever cross each other’s paths, what connection do Rishi and Gaurav have with each other, what happens to Rishi and Gaurav in the end, does Gaurav become successful in realising his dreams and does Rishi become successful in completing the given task by the Colonel, is what forms the rest of the film.
As the title suggests, the film is an author backed role for the suave Sidharth Malhotra. After having done films like Baar Baar Dekho and Kapoor & Sons, it’s a given that the Malhotra lad is definitely on an experimenting spree with his characters. Maybe, that explains why he gave his nod to be a part of A Gentleman, which has him in a ‘double role’. Since the two roles (read ‘characters’) are not separated by their looks and costumes, it was quite a task for Sidharth Malhotra to pull it off. And boy! He manages to impress you with both the roles.
On the other hand, Jacqueline Fernandez does nothing besides providing the glam quotient in the film. Her pole dance has already become a talking point of the film. Even though she attempts her best to exhibit her acting prowess, she still lands up struggling at a few places. On the other hand, Darshan Kumar, who has done films like Mary Kom, NH10 and Sarbjit impresses with his acting skills. Despite being in a ‘guest appearance’, the film marks the comeback of Suniel Shetty, who does his role with his usual sincerity.
The movie feels incomplete in the second half, it is a visual treat for those who love the glitz and glamour of Bollywood and Sidharth Malhotra fans! Rating: 6/10