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Movie Review: Blank

Banner: Echelon Productions

Producers: Dr Shrikant Bhasi, Nishant Pitti & Pictures, Tony D’Souza, Vishal Rana

Director: Behzad Khambata

Cast: Karan Kapadia, Sunny Deol, Karanvir Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Jameel Khan

Writers: Behzad Khambata, Pranav Adarsh (Story & Screenplay), Pranav Adarsh & Radhika Anand (Dialogue)

Music: Rooshin Dalal, Kaizad Gherda

To get a thriller movie right, you need to have not only a strong story but also a taut screenplay. And, when you have a gamut of talented actors, everything falls into place. But Blank, meant to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller directed by Behzad Khambata, has failed to deliver. The film not only fails at the writing level but flops also on execution.

The plot revolves around Hanif, a suicide bomber who has a device attached to his chest. Incredibly, it is the trigger to several more bombs scattered around the city of Mumbai. A freak accident lands Hanif in a state of temporary amnesia and in the hands of Chief of the Anti-Terror Squad, Diwan.

Diwan, along with his officers Husna and Rohit, are on a mission to find the remaining bombs while also trying to find a way to disarm Hanif. The investigation leads them towards a newly formed terrorist organisation that plans to destabilise India. In the process, Diwan also uncovers an event from his past that is partly responsible for all the chaos. How is Diwan connected to Hanif? What is Hanif’s motive? Does Diwan and his team succeed in diffusing the bombs? All this forms the crux of the story.

Behzaad Khambata has an interesting plot but is simply unable to execute it adequately. The screenplay has long and tiring chase sequences, which make the proceedings a drag. The story is full of clichés, be it the emotional drama or the terrorism angle. The dialogue is either full of jargon and jingoism or there isn’t any at all!

The camera work is inconsistent. While some shots are framed nicely, some of the close-ups, especially the action scenes, are very shoddy. Another aspect that works against the film is the background score. It is loud and noisy.

Performance-wise, Karan Kapadia as Hanif makes his debut with this film but, as an actor, he has a long way to go. The intense look he wears tends to get monotonous, so much so that he sometimes looks expressionless. He is very good in the action scenes but needs to work on emoting. Sunny Deol as Diwan literally carries the film on his shoulders from start to finish. He is good in the action scenes, as always. But it is surprising that he falters when it comes to dialogue delivery. He is very loud at times and sometimes so subtle that it sounds unnatural! Karanvir Sharma as Rohit and Ishita Dutta as Husna are decent. But they could have been used better. Jameel Khan as the terrorist leader overdoes it. He sounds funny even though the writer didn’t intend it that way!

Verdict: Dud!

Rating: *

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