Short of Treason: High-quality production, fine acting, and crazy twists are bowled over by flimsy characterization and a paper-thin plot by Dhokha: The Tribune India


Each film comes with its own destiny. It was Dhokha’s destiny to come out on the country’s first-ever National Film Day – it sold out, courtesy of Rs 75 a ticket! With R. Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana, Darshan Kumar in the cast and The Big Bull director Kookie Gulati at the helm, wasn’t it a bad bet to deliver an ode to cinema, was it?

The story opens with Yathaarth Sinha (Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (the lovely newcomer to the industry – Khushali Kumar bickering over divorce. As the boss’ favorite, Yathaarth faces pressure from the agency publicity he is part of. A terrorist Gul Haq (Aparshakti Khurana) on death row managed to escape police custody and landed in Sinha’s apartment in a Mumbai skyscraper.

A cop Harishchandra Malik (Darshan Kumar) arrives and Yathaarth rushes to rescue his wife.

Meanwhile, the terrorist and the hostage housewife have cups of tea in the apartment, while the cop and the aggrieved husband are outside in the control room, as the thriller takes a ride. on a roller coaster.

What works for the movie is definitely the first half. A delusional wife or a cheating spouse, a hard-line terrorist or an innocent Kashmiri boy, the viewer is invested in the story. The film’s production quality is quite prodigious, even rather run-down Mumbai really looking like a shiny mayanagri.

The second half continues the crazy treatment but now the four main actors have become these unhinged characters, losing their grip. Madhavan does not even need dialogues to stand out, here too he wins his fans, as he gives the best to the character offered to him. Aparshakti, who is indeed an honest actor, finally gets a meaty role and his mastery of Kashmiri diction is impressive. Being a cop has become second nature to Darshan Kumar and he also gives his best.

But the fragile writing of the characters lets these three down. Khushali Kumar makes an impressive debut as a typical Bollywood heroine; she is sultry and sultry. In the music department, Zooby Zooby is a catchy number but only appears in the credits. Kookie Gulati does well as a director but fails as a writer. If only there was enough effort put into the plot and the characters, the movie lived up to it.

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