Combination of intriguing thriller and significant concept
What are thrillers? They are basically a loop with a series of puzzling scenes; with each scene you get more and more involved and try to figure out an end. The climax is the master stroke.
This is one such film, but the master stroke here is, more than the revelation, the concept of the film makes leaves an impact.
And certainly, the film could have been so much more if the concept was explored and executed properly.
Watch it If you like -
Concept is good, Twists and Turns help will keep the thriller fans entertained
But Beware of -
Over-slow pace, Unconvincing in parts, Dull Narration, Nothing out of the box
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The director’s film Samay was ahead of its time, but his present him is stuck in the past. The story is seen-before many times and given the concept of the film, to salute the unsung espionage heroes of our country, the story definitely should have been the focus.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenplay)
The story is there, a chosen man, trained and sent undercover to our neighboring country. Recently, we have seen this in Raazi, only it was a woman there. Naturally these films are a favorite among thriller-watchers as they are interesting, patriotic, thrilling and involve some super cool spying tricks and twists. And so was those film, but only to an extent where we wanted the film to grow and show something we haven’t seen before.
At and after every scene, you expect the film to take you by surprise, which only happens towards the climax. The end too is good and not like an impactful revelation. It’s the subject that leaves us in a thoughtful zone.
The twists and turns of this thriller get dissolved between the beginning and the climax, the belly of the film where there is a lot churning up, love angle, mother-son angle, songs, the forced 70s feel, and predictable and unconvincing situations.
John Abraham’s act is earnest. But the actor needs to be very careful in choosing his roles as it is getting monotonous. Not that we don’t like him in intense roles, but at least the roles should be extraordinary and films should be unusual, like for say Madras Café. Mouni Roy is okayish. Badly written role and expressionless performance.
We loved Jackie Shroff in the movie. Though too glammed-up-cool to be in a role of R&AW chief, he made every scene interesting. Sikander Kher really makes an impression with the scenes he is in, and should have been given more and a better role.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
Background score which should have been one of the strongest points in a thriller, is the weakest link. And the songs are totally out of place and unnecessary.
Nirnay (FilmyCurry Verdict)
Though the camera work is nice, but it doesn’t cover the dull, slow-paced narrative and the insubstantial storyline. Though the patriotic tribute is nice, but it couldn’t trigger any emotions or connect.