Banners: Mars Entertainment, Carnival Motion Pictures
Producers: Mrunal Jhaveri, Vishal Rana
Director: Dhwanil Mehta
Cast: Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Scarlet Wislon, Elina Kazan, Archana Veda Sastry, Reyhna Malhotra, Ananya Sengupta, Saurabh Dubey, Nitin Arora, Dr Mukesh Hariyawala
Writer: Dhwanil Mehta
Music: Aman Pant, Yashraj-Ajay
The film revolves around the protagonist Vidyut (Kunaal Roy Kapoor), a successful fashion photographer who is trapped in the monotony of a routine which includes almost all the vicious, life-destructive temptations in life including smoking, alcohol, drugs and sexual promiscuity. Amidst this eventful life, he becomes the victim of recurring dreams where he finds himself in a deserted yet beautiful locale, photographing a woman.
The first scene of the film is a descriptive one about a woman named Mohini, considered to be one of the most beautiful creations of the Almighty who is on a mission to entice a powerful rishi in order to attain supreme powers from him.
Cut to present day, at Vidyut’s opulent apartment, where he abruptly wakes up from a dream about the same woman and finally stumbles upon a mysterious email, which has the pictures of the woman he sees along with a map of her whereabouts. He starts visualising a veiled woman in black in every nook and corner of his apartment. He tries to capture the images on his camera, which eventually spells more trouble for him. By the time he can comprehend the riddle, a friend learns about his plight. What follows forms the crux of the film.
One of the biggest loopholes in the film is the execution of the story and the validation of the characters. The women (or their aatma) seem to have lost their way seeking vengeance because of their unrequited desires and they expect Vidyut to be obligatory to consummate their quandary. At one point, the audience feels almost as if they are hallucinating and are unable to connect the dots.
The film has stunning visuals and has captured the expanse of Ladakh pretty well, and this is the only saving grace. There are just two songs in the film and there’s not much to talk about that either. The song Dum maro dum maro by Neha Kakkar, Raftaar & Yasser Desai might grab some eyeballs but it is definitely not everlasting. The same goes for Ye lamha by Shaan. Although soothing, it is not good enough.
Director Dhwanil Mehta does make an effort to raise some poignant questions about life, death and beyond but fails to stage the story in a well-ordered manner. Despite having potential, this film turns out to be a run-of-the mill supernatural thriller with too few twists and turns.
Performance-wise Kunaal Roy Kapur is decent. The rest of the actors, namely Scarlet Wislon, Elina Kazan, Archana Veda Sastry, Reyhna Malhotra, Ananya Sengupta, Saurabh Dubey, Nitin Arora and Dr Mukesh Hariyawala, are just as fine!
Verdict: Avoid it.