Mission Istaanbul (2008)

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Apoorva Lakhia's Bollywood action yarn Mission Istanbul unfurls against the byzantine and deadly backdrop of contemporary Middle Eastern politics. Viveik Oberoi stars as Vikas Sagar, a brilliant Indian broadcast journalist tapped for a position by news producer Owais Hussain. Hussain works at the über-controversial, Istanbul-based news agency Al Johara - controversial because nearly everyone excoriates the station as nothing more than a mouthpiece for terrorists. At the moment, Vikas grapples with unbridled turmoil in his personal life, including an acrimonious divorce from wife Anjali, over the issue of having a baby. Desperate for a new start and a clean break, Vikas accepts Hussain's offer and initially finds Al Johara a warm and pleasant place to work - but in time it grows almost unbearably sinister; he learns of a "forbidden floor," the 13th Floor (known as "The Catacomb"); witnesses the brutal terrorist-led execution of Hussain when that producer dares to quit Al Johara and move in with his Irish girlfriend; and realizes that his own life is now in grave danger. Declared a criminal and sought by everyone (including the CIA and the Turkish police), Vikas partners up with a Turkish commando, and the two men take the station by the throat, guns blazing. They ultimately plan to unveil Al Johara's deadly secrets to the outside world - but must first escape from the sinister web that ensconces them. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Mission Istaanbul is fantastically awful. It's a product of a Bollywood machine.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The film has been shot well in the exotic locales of Istanbul, but there isn't much that Vivek's long hair and Zayed's serious be-spectacled look can do to save the film from ending up as a thriller that doesn't actually thrill.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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