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Review: 30 Minutes

Banner: Spectral India Media Management Pvt Ltd

Producer: Yesudas BC

Director: Yesudas BC

Cast: Hiten Paintal, Kanwarjit Paintal, Hrishitaa Bhatt

Writer: Vivek Mishra

Music: Jaspal Moni, Naresh Vikal, Ashok Sharma, Haroon

What happens when you mix a shoddy script with poor performances? Answer: You get a film titled 30 Minutes.

The story follows the life of a young Shashank (Hiten Paintal), who is mercilessly beaten by his alcoholic father played by his real-life father (Kanwarjit Paintal). He grows up to be a regular guy and an ace copywriter. But here’s the twist. Shashank has a hidden psychological disorder. He tends to get psychotic whenever someone mentions ’30 minutes’.

Otherwise quite good at his job, Shashank kills anone who pushes him to perform within ’30 minutes’. His hidden psychological disorder rears its ugly head when he finds a girlfriend (Hrishitaa Bhatt), who is a stickler for punctuality.

Instead of avenging years of torture and abuse, Shashank goes back to his father and hatches an evil plan along with his help. Together, the duo devises a plan to teach people the importance of ’30 minutes’. Those who fail are punished severely, with the ultimate punishment being death. Does Shashank manage to get away with his ‘game’ or does he get arrested and get help? The answer to this question forms the rest of the story.

Directed by Yesudas BC, the movie has no proper storyline. While the movie tries to show us the value of punctuality and shines the spotlight on the social evil of child abuse, it lacks common sense. The editing isn’t all that great either, with most scenes loosely connected to each other. The movie is labelled as a ‘psychological thriller’ but the sub-plots are very predictable.

The music is mediocre and it seems like the producer has made a deliberate effort to pack in songs in an otherwise two-hour movie.

Performance-wise, it is sad to see a veteran actor like Kanwarjit Paintal being wasted in this movie. Hiten Paintal tries too hard to deliver a ‘psychotic’ performance. He falls flat and his acting gets extremely repetitive. Hrishitaa Bhatt too seems to be lost in this movie. She is shown to be either angry or madly in love with Hiten Paintal’s character.

Verdict: Never mind!

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