Super fun movie! If you like black comedy and thriller twists, you will like this. It’s also a lot lighter than you might thing, the tone never shifts into depression and misery, it’s all just mystery and surprises and ridiculousness. On the other hand, if you don’t like twists and black comedy, maybe not.
The defining element for this movie for me is Kanika Dhillon. She is just SUCH an exciting scriptwriter!!!! And original. Her movies are distinctly her movies and no one else’s. She wrote Size Zero, Manmarziyan, Kedarnath, Judgmental Hai Kya, Guilty, and now this. Big star vehicles for actresses, complex heroines who dare to be selfish, and a keen awareness of the traps within patriarchal society for women. Most distinctive, a kind of an edge to the story where you aren’t sure if she is questioning the status quo, or maintaining it.
What she does in this film, and has done in others, is take a standard classic female storyline, and then bring it to an extreme of horror/violence/whatever. This odd mixture of subtle relationships and OVER THE TOP EVERYTHING. It doesn’t always work. In Judgmental Hai Kya, I found it way WAY too over the top. In Manmarziyan, I liked the total lack of over the topness, but other people found it bland. In this movie, I think she found a balance. Yes, it is INSANE starting in the middle. But that’s what makes it spicy, fun, interesting. The combo of the “yeah yeah, seen it before, relationship blah blah” and “whoa, did NOT see that coming!” makes it a distinctive movie that you will keep thinking about and won’t be able to look away from.
What also makes this film work is that the director and actors and everyone went all in on Kanika’s vision. Taapsee she’s worked with before in Manmarziyan, and this is a very similar role, a wild “bad girl” who really isn’t bad, just human. Vikrant Massay is AMAZING and perfectly cast. Thank goodness! After the travesty that was Ginny Weds Sunny, it was great to see him in a nice soft kind of role. And a role with a lot of range, he got to be scary and sweet and all kinds of things. And of course, Harshwardhan Rane was super hot, as required for his role. Most interesting was the director, Vinil Matthew who has only directed one movie before, Hasee To Phasee. Which was a cute romance that, at the same time had this strange disturbing edge hidden in it. This time, it is a strange disturbing edge with a romance in it. So, yaaaaay! No one is fighting Kanika’s weird WEIRD script!
And really, the script is the star. So many clever touches, so many little call backs to other moments, so many things happening in the background. Watch it for that, really. If you like clever subtle scripting, this is the one for you.