– Yaser Khan
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu, Annu Kapoor
Direction: Mukul Abhyankar
20 years of friendship and 18 years of last being paired onscreen, Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu reunite for Neeraj Pandey’s prodigy Mukul Abhyankar’s directorial debut ‘Missing’ which is a physiological thriller.
Story: Sushant Dubey (played by Manoj Bajpayee) is seen convincing an unseen child of taking her for the business trip cum vacation and reassures the child that mom and dad are not fighting. He’s accompanied by Aparna Dubey (played by Tabu) his wife to Mauritius. They check into a fancy resort in Mauritius where the drama begins to unfold. The three-year-old Titli is wrapped in a towel all the time for being unwell and therefore asleep the whole time. After a steamy encounter, the couple find out that the child is missing. Aparna is seen panicking being the typical mother but Sushant seems more concerned about reputations – his and the resorts. The cops are called in, with a team led by Ramkhilavan Buddhu (played by Annu Kapoor), depicted to be a man with an impeccable track record in crime solving. The cops have their eyes on Sushant for the crime given his flirtatious reputation and a suspected extra marital affair. Is it Sushant who has gotten his daughter kidnapped for clearing the path of having his set of affairs? Does he want to isolate Aparna by keeping her busy with the whole situation? Will the cops be able to locate Titli? The film unfolds the mystery!
Manoj Bajpayee has been appointed to act a certain way and unfortunately at some places he comes across as over doing the scenes to forcefully extract emotions of out himself. Otherwise he is phenomenal as always.
Tabu is a true gem here. She maintains her act with coin sides to a normal looking woman with much ease. Emotionally vulnerable and strong when required, she plays her part leaving you in awe.
Annu Kapoor is great but unfortunately he’s restricted to coming across as funny and helpless in solving the case.
Music and Dialogues: The music of the film has been composed by M. M. Kreem. The background score is decent, it does create the horror within the viewer to try and keep them on the edge of the seat. But considering the ‘Baahubali’ effect he gave last time, this one definitely doesn’t out do the epic. The dialogues of the film are one its most unfortunate part. In a suspense and physiological thriller, you don’t expect people to laugh out of cringe given the seriousness that occurs onscreen right? That’s what happens with ‘Missing’.
Direction: The fact that this is Mukul Abhyankar’s debut film shows. This thriller is packed with twists and turns which could have had an amazing execution but somewhere the screenplay lacks its strengthen to make the film powerful in its approach. Given the film had the beautiful landscape of Mauritius, cinematography wise there was a lot that could have been done with wide frames and top shots but you don’t get to see much of that. What you see is refreshing though but it could have been any good resort in India as well, you may not be able to differentiate if you weren’t told. There has been a trend of such thrillers making way in Bollywood, maybe due to having watched a number of them, the plot can be a little predictable. Manoj Bajpayee played a similar character in ‘Kaun’ opposite Urmila Matondkar and his recent release ‘Baaghi 2’ also had a Missing child concept, maybe there’s more that should have been done to make it unique. There were a lot of exceptions from such a power packed cast but unfortunately a weak execution makes it just about an average film, and the male leads slightly cross the line of overacting.
Cinespeaks Verdict: This movie for all the Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu fans who want to witness their chemistry after almost 2 decades. If you enjoy a thriller with a good climax, then you watch this film once over the weekend. Cinespeaks gives the film 2.5 out of 5 Stars.