The “original”-in itself inspired by an English film from 1965, was made 48 years ago.If you hailed from a movie loving family such as mine, and were born in the 60s or 70s, you will have seen the Rajesh Khanna ,Nanda,Iftekhar starrer for sure. Directed by the King of Romance-Yash Chopra.
Unusual for its time, it was talked about for no songs and the unexpectedness of the plot.A gripping watch.
The 2017 version is very well adapted, slickly shot, sans superfluity and has an unexpected ending which honestly is a bit blah…(but maybe that’s just me-justice being important.)
Two unconnected murders.Two suspects.Two stories and a cop with 3 days to untangle the mess.He is the factor connecting them…or is he?
Vikram Sethi, a well-known writer is on the run, suspected of having killed his wife.Sidharth Malhotra in a handsome, I’m innocent , boo-hoo believe me, melting brown eyes avatar. He seeks asylum in Maya’s house-Sonakshi Sinha in a Madonna like look and trifle seductress mode. The police apprehend him from there, next to another corpse-this time of Maya’s lawyer husband Shekhar.
Nasty ittefaq from him..eh?This onslaught of bodies.
Dev is the cop investigating both crimes. Akshaye Khanna in a great role and in many frames, flashing his father’s charming smile.As he switches between their stories, it gets more and more difficult to figure out the truth….for some discoveries end up being damning as pre-conceived notions can be…….but may not necessarily be the truth.
A conclusion is reached.Arrests are made. And the cases are closed.But then…..the inspector reads a book.Possibly a tad late and it dawns-there are no coincidences.
Not fast paced enough to be an edge of the seat thriller, it nevertheless keeps one intrigued in a “hmm, interesting puzzle this…wonder who dun it” kind of way. You’re interested and want to solve it, but are not “in” it. You know-how some films just absorb you and you ‘are’ the henchman, the victim, the criminal….you are there.Stabbing.Starting in shock.Looking furtively over a shoulder….Not that level of involvement but not boring either.
Sidharth Malhotra has to evolve as an actor, beyond the chocolaty looks. Sonakshi did well as did Askshaye Khanna who really should be getting more roles.
Don’t compare it to the old one. Watch this for its own sake. You’ll enjoy it more.