Vivek Agnihotri’s mystery drama which has been built into a screenplay as a conspiracy theory, lacks sources and documents to corroborate its theory. The movie which is suspected to be released accompanied by a political propaganda definitely asks some pertinent questions related to the death of our second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri hours after signing a peace treaty with Pakistan. The movie asks whether it was natural or assassination with political entity and motive behind it.
The movie which stars critically acclaimed actors including Mithun Chakraborty, Nasseruddin Shah, Pankaj Tripathi are failed to be utilised to their full capacity, says critics. The thrilling conspiracy theory which drives the movie gets lost as the movie loses its subtlety post rolling credits. With the political reporter, being portrayed as Ragini Phulle dismisses the need to source the news she reports initially, gradually risks her life to corroborate her next big piece as she receives an anonymous tip about the death of the Prime Minister being framed as natural.
With conspiracy theories and state sponsored murder being the heart of the movie, the inconsistencies pertaining to the characters and the authenticity of the facts displayed in the movie unreal, the movie does little justice to convincing the audience about the truth of the questions asked in this political drama.
While the encompasses various aspects, a political character asks another the reason behind this shakedown to which he responds, “ Lok Sabha chunaav ke liye ek zabardast mudda”. While the critics do not even regard it as one-time watch and asks the audience to skip, the movie could generally be rated as an average. The movie’s direction is at most average, however it seems to be well researched but not corroborated by enough evidence. The movie is quite stretched in its first half while the second half oozes with drama. The plot becomes lost while the climax stresses Shastri’s death shady as the then government refuses to declassify documents related to his death. The background music in the movie was strictly criticised as it creates disturbance and nuisance while the acting was appreciated with stars not being utilised to thier full potential. As the movie progresses, the question of whether the movie released during the polling season accompanies an agenda as it slips right under the nose of the Election Commission with Vivek Agnihotri’s subtle jibes at politics and Lok Sabha elections.
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