Part hit part missed call
John Houston’s Maltese Falcon (1941) has a memorable scene. Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade creates quite ruckus outrageously shouting at the “Fat man”, breaking a glass for the effect snapping he means business and giving a deadline. He walks out with a grin on his face facing audience happy with the bluff-show he put up just in there. Protagonist of this film, Karthik is no Sam Spade. He is shy and reserved, quite a loser in life. But after a 5 am call his life is turned upside down. He walks in the office, floors his boss with his worth, bags the job, money, new luxury cabin, position and then like in the same vein as Bogey chortles with the getaway and so are we.
Before this transformation we meet him as a sad figure for sure. We see him being bullied then fired by his boss. Alone on his birthday with zero social-life and unnoticed by his long crush (Deepika, gorgeous presence) after years of working in same office. He tries to commit suicide. A call saves his life. Strange thing voice identifies himself as Karthik. Spooky? Yes. It changes his life. All things negated earlier are now reality. Call becomes his secret. Central conceit of the film forms its title.
Film is pitched in as a thriller, a psychological one and when romance of story dominates and marks the peak moments, it’s not a good sign. Frankly, conceit is weak and guessed before I got in my seat. Lurching in second half movie never tightens its grip on audience. Still it sparks with witty moments not to forget this an attempt which tries to divert from the conventional cinema.
A word for Farhaan. He established himself as one contemporary breed of directors who makes urbane and smart mainstream films is definitely emerging as promising actor. He made his acting debut with Rock On! followed by a brilliant feat in Luck By Chance. He is like James Stalwart to me. Understated and striking.
For him alone I can recommend this film but honestly overall it’s partially worthy. So final verdict – Rent it.
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