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Movie Review: Nirdosh

Banner: UV Films

Producer: Pradeep Rangwani

Directors: Pradeep Rangwani, Subroto Paul

Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Fadnis, Ashmit Patel, Maheck Chahel

Writer: Amit Khan

Music: Liyaqat Ajmeri, Harry Anand

Although Pradeep Rangwani and Subroto Paul’s Nirdosh calls itself a ‘suspect thriller’, it kills any kind of intrigue the directors seek to build, thanks to a poor script, terrible acting and badly penned dialogue. The story revolves around a murder mystery, a bunch of suspects and a self-proclaimed tough cop trying to get to the bottom of the case.

Shinaya Grover (Manjari Fadnis), a media professional, is arrested on murder charges and is taken into custody for three days. She goes through a traumatic interrogation session by inspector Lokhande (Arbaaz Khan). Shinaya says she was happy living with her husband Gautam Grover (Ashmit Patel) and daughter, in a posh neighbourhood. She had rented a portion of the house to a paying guest (PG), which is where Maheck Chahal’s character enters the picture.

Just when all seems well, Rana (Mukul Dev), the Grovers’ lecherous neighbour, who also beats his wife, sets his eyes on both Shinaya and the paying guest. Rana manages to get dirt on his neighbours which he plans to use against them. What follows is a series of unfortunate events that become the crux of the story. Meanwhile, inspector Lokhande is pressured by his bosses to solve the murder as the media is relentless and new clues seem to emerge every day.

The directors execute the story in a way that makes it look predictable. The scenes lack subtlety; every character is loud in words and actions. The most painful moment is when the PG is collectively leered at by the liftman, security guard and even a resident of the housing society. The abrupt chase sequences and prolonged interrogation scenes kill any intrigue that has been built.

There’s nothing praise-worthy about the music. The background score is almost non-existent.

Performance-wise, Arbaaz Khan fails to pull off the character of a cop. Ashmit Patel’s acting scorecard is nothing less than a disappointment. Manjari Fadnis tries her best to look like the hard-pressed victim forced to admit to a crime. Maheck Chahel overdoes it and looks like a clichéd vamp. Mukul Dev is the only one who seems to have grasped the pulse of his character. From his evil grin, sinful eyes and menacing fight sequences, he is quite the villain.

Verdict: Avoid!!!

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