Plot = A political journalist Ragini Phule (Shweta Prasad Basu) is in search of a political news scoop, for saving her job.
She receives a call from an unknown person, who asks her to delve deep into a decades old case, related to the death of Independent India’s 2nd Prime Minister – Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Will Ragini obey and submit herself to the commands of the unknown personality, or will the death of Mr. Shastri, still be left as an unsolved mystery?
Opinion = The movie caught my attention with its impressive trailer, released on YouTube. Then, while watching multiple slides of disclaimers presented at the beginning of the movie, I started feeling that, I am in for witnessing an intense and a researched content on screen.
Truly, content – wise, the movie did not disappoint at all.
But, Execution – wise, there are some flaws and ifs and buts, which can be ignored, considering the entire canvass of affairs.
The movie is highly engaging and is an intense drama, targeting the taste of the “class audience”.
It’s a modern and reprised version of EK RUKA HUA FAISLA or 12 ANGRY MEN.
If you have watched either of them, you will be able to relate many aspects of those movies, with this one.
However, though the proceedings and the plot setup are done on similar lines, it could not match up to the standards of ERHF.
The proceedings are intense and are highly engaging, but gradually, situations become melodramatic.
Especially, the entire monologue of Shweta Prasad Basu, in the climax sequence, could have been presented in a sophisticated and matured manner.
The makers were successful in conveying the intention behind making this movie, and have successfully cleared the eerie atmosphere surrounding Mr. Shastri’s death.
I am wondering that, till now, why have any other filmmaker NOT thought of making a feature film, on such a potent plot.
The movie has exposed the biggest “cover – up” in the history of our country, so don’t miss it!!!!
Performances = The movie has a great ensemble, with actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Pallavi Joshi (she is the producer also), Prakash Belawadi (TALVAR Fame), Mandira Bedi, Pankaj Tripathi, Rajesh Sharma, Mithun Chakraborty, Vinay Pathak and others.
Everybody has given praise – worthy performance.
However, the protagonist Shweta Prasad Basu, need to hone her acting skills a lot.
At times she appeared as a matured actress and at times, as a kindergarten play artist. Her performance lacked consistency.
The biggest weakness of the movie is the over dramatic performance given by Ankur Rathee, he has spoiled the entire narrative, with his below average performance.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Director Vivek Agnihotri tried his hand on a different and intriguing subject. But unfortunately, at the max, he is only capable of making an above average flick.
But I cannot blame him completely, as the audience in our country, in general, cannot digest a brutally honest account of a real life incident, on screen, in its true form.
So, the makers get bound to focus on peripherals, instead of submitting themselves completely to the core plot, for making the proceedings lighter and entertaining.
It is good that Vivek has used original clippings, audio recordings, media bytes and interviews, of Shastriji and his family members, which makes the narrative more believable.
The Background Score of the movie, has helped in making the proceedings gripping and intense.
Rowdy Rating = 3.5 / 5