Cast: Anupam Kher, Kumud Mishra, Esha Gupta, Zakir Husain, Zarina Wahab, Rakesh Sharma, Murli Sharma, Deepshikha Nagpal, Ananth Mahadevan, Parikshit Sahani, Akram Ali Khan, Nilofar Gesawat, Jayaka Yagnik
Director: Ashok Nanda
Rating: * *
Scriptwriter Alaukik Rahi’s attempt to play a reverse on the ‘A Wednesday’ construct comes a cropper because the narrative seems fractured and totally out-of-sync with the reality it hopes to headlight. Set in Jharkhand with elements of story unscrupulously appropriated from newspaper headlines, this attempt to unspool a vigilante effort by a retired judge hoping to right the wrongs during his tenure in court, seems too fractured, ill-conceived and underdeveloped to make any sense.
Retired Justice Om Prakash Tyagi (Anupam Kher), still reeling from the resounding slap he received from a victim’s mother, Parveen Bibi (Zarina Wahab), goes through the motions of getting his daughter married while secretly setting up decoys in order to reverse the injustice camouflaged by his own judgements that strictly adhered to court procedure.
Laid back cop, a mild mannered Sharmaji (Kumud Mishra) does little to ferret out the culprits responsible for the sudden disappearance of prominent public figures in the city. It’s only after crime branch Inspector Laxmi Rathi’s (a dead pan Esha Gupta mouthing Haryanvi) shift from Kolkata to Ranchi, that the case begins to unravel.
It’s all so predictable and relentlessly pontificating in expanse that the thrill, tension and mystery is entirely lost. The criminal Procedure code seems to be totally misconstrued here and the contrivances keep piling up as the film edges towards a totally ill-gotten and inexplicable climax. Ashok Handa’s helming seems scatty while the clueless writing prefers to grandstand rather than develop insight or put forward a valid, lucid point-of-view. The hope of resurrecting an ‘A Wednesday’ sort of cult following appears to have failed miserably!