- 19 May - 25 May, 2018
- 03 Feb - 09 Feb, 2018
Bollywood must be commended for venturing into genres that aren’t feasible if you are looking for success at the box office and Pradeep Rangwani-Subroto Paul’s Nirdosh is one such attempt at film-making. However, it comes out as an extended episode of an American TV show where the crime has been committed but no one knows by whom and how. Yes, the writers and the directors keep the audience guessing until the end but the climax doesn’t conform to the police ethics and what could have been a brilliant flick falls flat.
The film revolves around a high-profile murder case where TV journalist Shinaya Grover (Manjari Phadnis) is accused of committing a crime and Inspector Lokhande (Arbaaz Khan) has been given the chance to prove her guilt. During investigation, the audience gets to know who was murdered and how while new suspects emerge such as Gautam Grover (Ashmit Patel), Ada (Maheck Chahal) as well as Rana (Mukul Dev). Who was murdered is revealed just a few moments before the interval shocking the audience but then it all goes downhill, resembling the Indian television’s famous police show CID instead of the American CSI!
Arbaaz Khan tries to do a Dabangg kinda role and succeeds since he is the only one in the movie who grabs the audience’s attention. His dialogues are dhuwaan daar rather than being run-of-the-mill and maybe that’s the reason audience sides with him than with the suspects. Manjari Phadnis and Ashmit Patel try to save their respective careers with forced acting but you don’t remember them when you exit the theatre. Mukul Dev’s take as Rana and Maheck Chahal as Ada remain etched in memory – the former for being the badass villain and the latter for her exotic beauty. You want her to be the reason why things go awry in the house of the Grovers but what happens is something you will only know when you watch the film.
Unlike modern-day thrillers, this film has an old-school approach to crime solving and that’s why the film barely managed to sustain during its first week. A TV journalist must get support from her colleagues if she is innocent but here the media kept blaming the police for no reason. We don’t know what Ashmit Patel’s character does and neither do we find out anything about Lokhande as to why he is so righteous and cruel at the same time. The film could have sustained past its first week had it been screened some other time but when you have Padmaavat waiting for a release, no matter how Nirdosh you are, your run will not extend past the first Friday! •
The film could have sustained past its first week had it been screened some other time but when you have Padmaavat waiting for a release, no matter how Nirdosh you are, your run will not extend past the first Friday!