• 21 Apr - 27 Apr, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

Missing is one of those films that take the best actors in the business yet instead of creating magic, wreak havoc with a storyline that is confusing to all. The writer/director must be commended for bringing back Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee together after 18 years hiatus but there was nothing special about their characters that couldn’t have been played by others.

Mr. and Mrs. Dubey (Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu) lose their kid Titli in a resort in Mauritius and the police intervene when they raise hue and cry. However, Inspector Buddhu (Annu Kapoor) suspects foul play and starts suspecting the husband who is known to be flirting with the women around and had left the premises at night. While the husband defends himself by blaming wife’s illness, she took up husband’s mental health as a real problem. Where is the child? Has she been kidnapped or hidden somewhere? Who is the one to be blamed? The film answers all questions but after 2 hours of utter nonsense which keeps the audience on the edge of the exit door, instead of their seats.

The best thing about the film is Annu Kapoor’s acting as the detective because without him, the film would have fallen flat. The script is the weakest aspect of the production as is the low-budget where just 3 to 4 characters come into play with some stock ones. When you can’t use Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee well, you shouldn’t make a film and waste the audience’s time. The two actors should also have joined hands for a high-end project rather than a cheap psychological thriller that neither had the thrills nor the chills.