Plot = An accomplished business woman Naina Sethi (Tapsee Pannu) appoints a seasoned criminal lawyer Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan), for acquitting her out of a murder case, in which she gets embroiled by mistake.
Will Badal be able to get Naina acquitted out of the case or is there something more which meets the eye?
Opinion = Considering the ensemble, I was quite confident that I am going to the multiplex for watching something exceptional.
And I am delighted to realize that the movie exceeded my expectations.
In a day and age where news spread faster than light and where rumors take the form of reality in the form of a whatsapp message, making a taut suspense thriller, without giving spoilers, is a mammoth of a task.
Today, filmmakers refrain from suspense – thriller genre, mainly because, our STUPID audience leaks out the final outcome of the plot, on the social media, seconds after the first show itself (like they had done at the time of TALAASH) which leaves no reason for others to enjoy the flick at the multiplex.
I hope people don’t repeat the nuisance with this one.
It’s definitely a must watch, for the people who crave for witnessing logical discussions on screen. It’s a must watch for the people who are connoisseurs of edge-of-the-seat thrillers. And if you don’t fall in any of these categories, then you must watch it purely for entertainment.
The entire movie keeps you glued to the screen with a plethora of twists and turns in the plot, occurring at regular intervals.
At places, I saw resemblance of its execution with ITTEFAQ & EK RUKA HUA FAISLA.
The first half is extremely engaging and the second one will satiate your curiosity about various open ends, presented in the plot.
However, I felt that the climax was far – fetched and could have been made in a subtle way.
Nonetheless, such movies are extremely rare in Bollywood, so go and enjoy it !!
Performances = There is a strong reason why Sr. Bachchan is called the powerhouse of talent. Here, he is in his comfort zone, playing a character of his age, with nuances taken from his characters in AANKHEN & PINK. He has given a very restrained performance, which was the exact requirement of the character.
Tapsee Pannu on the other hand, has given an unsatisfactory performance. There were numerous instances where she got an opportunity to shine with her performance, but she just gave a bland expression.
It was refreshing to see Amrita Singh’s (Rani Kaul) performance.
The supporting cast, including Manav Kaul, was just average in their effort.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Though the movie is heavily inspired from the Spanish Movie “The Invisible Guest”, Director Sujoy Ghosh has put a commendable effort in setting up the plot in the Indian Context.
At places, his direction and screenplay became little heavy, which is not good for any movie having such an intertwined plot.
The Background Score and the Cinematography was simply outstanding.
Rowdy Rating = 3.5 / 5