Banner: Delhi Talkies
Producer: Sandeep Narula
Director: Munish Bharadwaj
Cast: Neha Dhupia, Ranvir Shorey, Vidushi Mehra, Devendra Chowhan
Writer: Munish Bharadwaj
Music: Tuomas Kantelinen
At a time when the country is still coming to terms with the aftermath of demonetisation, the timing of the film couldn’t have been more perfect. Thus, seemingly complimenting the government’s crackdown on black money, this movie is set against the backdrop of blue-collar crime.
Divya (Neha Dhupia) and Aman (Ranvir Shorey) are a dysfunctional middle-class couple living in New Delhi. While Divya is the producer with a news channel, Aman is an unscrupulous real estate agent who leaves no stone unturned to get what he wants. He is bored of his monotonous life and wants a way out of it even if it is the wrong way. He believes in the mantra ‘high risks, high returns’ and will go to any lengths to make quick money.
Aman finds numerous ways to fulfill his selfish needs such as owning a big house in a plush South Delhi area. But, soon enough, he finds himself in a soup as he is associated with the wrong people. Not wanting to leave her husband with the wolves, Divya joins him in his escapades. How Aman and Divya’s lives drastically change takes the story forward.
Directorially, debutant Munish Bharadwaj does a fine job and has paid attention to the nitty-gritty of the film. The city of New Delhi has been used as a backdrop and also as a prop, to some extent. The character sketches are realistic and relatable.
The film does have an interesting theme, especially when it addresses the cash crunch situation. This makes the story even more relatable. The non-linear narration works well in the favour of establishing the central plot of the film. Also, this kind of narration throws light on the dysfunctional and symbiotic relationship that Aman and Divya share. As a writer, Bharadwaj has done his homework well on the storyboard and as a director, he aptly showcases it on the silver screen.
The movie gets a tad predictable in the second half, but this is eclipsed by some amazing performances by both Shorey and Dhupia. Also, the suspense build-up in the first half is well paced but the second half is a bit of a letdown. The second half is marred by some over-the-top melodramatic scenes. The film has no songs, but a soothing background score composed by Tuomas Kantelinen runs throughout the film.
Editing by Hitesh Kumar is good, but it could have been a little tighter. Cinematography by Arun Varma is spot on. The shots of New Delhi have been used as symbolism in the film. There are various scenes where the backdrop of the city has been used to portray the feelings and emotions of the characters. Costumes retain the characters’ realistic touch.
Performance-wise, Ranvir Shorey has done a fine job. His portrayal of a man with no scruples is perfect. His demeanor of a sly and cunning Delhi real estate agent is brilliant. Neha Dhupia delivers an extremely realistic and honest performance. Vidushi Mehra plays her part well. Devendra Chowhan does justice to his role. The rest of the cast supports well.