Gaurav (Sidharth Malhotra) is a chalta-phirta shaadi.com advertisement – he is young, handsome, has a cushy job, owns a house and a car, cooks…the list goes on. He is smitten by his bindaas and always-getting-into-trouble colleague Kavya (Jacqueline Fernandez), but she friendzones him as she finds him perfect to a fault. Enter Rishi (also played by Sidharth). He and Gaurav are as different as chalk and cheese – Rishi is mysterious, breaks bones like KitKat bars and leads a dangerous life as an agent of a spy ring named Unit X led by Colonel (Suniel Shetty).
The first half of A Gentleman keeps you on your toes, till the connection between Gaurav and Rishi is revealed in a smooth-as-butter sequence. Trouble is, this is the big reveal of the film, and it comes a bit too early. From here on, there are no more surprises.
Sidharth Malhotra has grown leaps and bounds in the acting department, and looks convincing as the susheel Gaurav as well as the risky Rishi. There’s plenty for the ladies to ogle at, every time he takes off his shirt. Jacqueline Fernandez lends A Gentleman its oomph quotient. She looks fantastic and has commendable pole-dancing skills, but has little to do otherwise. Suniel Shetty is reminiscent of his Main Hoon Na avatar; only his accent in this film is puzzling. It is the menacing Yakub (Darshan Kumar) who is more impressive as the antagonist.
A Gentleman has its share of laughs. A sequence where Sidharth has to seduce and distract a gay Defence Secretary while his team members bug his phone is genuinely hilarious. There is also a caricaturish Gujarati goon heading the desi mafia in Miami (predictably named Jignesss), who will tickle your funny bone if that’s your kind of humour.
The action sequences are sleek and stylish, but sometimes feel like a drag. The songs are catchy, but do nothing to take the narrative forward. One, in particular, springs on you rather suddenly and inexplicably. Sidharth and Jacqueline are at a karaoke bar for an office party, and just as he is about to get booed off the stage for not-at-all-engaging singing attempt, he bursts into the catchy Chandralekha. Okay, then.
Flaws aside, A Gentleman makes for an entertaining watch. If a not-too-serious, masala film is your ideal weekend watch, then this film does not disappoint.