the director- Kuki Gulati
painter- R Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana, Khushali Kumar, Darshan Kumar
Sanchi, sitting with a gun in the hands of the terrorist Hak Gul, says, “There is a story… Sunoge! Once upon a time, lies and truth went somewhere. The lie said it was summer. They both went to the well for bathing, as soon as the truth bathed.” I took the plunge, the lie ran away with all the clothes of the truth. And since then the lie has roamed the world dressed in the clothes of the truth. The whole world believes my husband’s words that I am the truth and I stand in this well as truth.”
The thriller, woven around the battle between truth and lies, proceeds with fairly equal turns when the “deception” is finally revealed. In the climax, the director tries to leave you on a high note. The basic concept of this movie is quite interesting. But bringing an idea to the big screen requires a few things, namely a good script and actors to support the idea. “Cheat round de corner” is weak on both sides.
The story of the film follows the ridiculously happy married life of Saarthik Sinha (R. Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (Khushali Kumar). Time passes and in the place of love between the two, jealousy, conspiracy, suspicion and hatred begin to grow. The two somehow pull the car of life when one day terrorist Hak Gul escapes from prison and hides in their house. Only Sanchi was in the house at that time. Hak Gul holds her hostage and puts her demands before the police.
As the police plan to capture the terrorist, Reality blows their senses by revealing that the wife of Hak Gul’s hostage is the victim of a delusional disorder. That is, by creating some story in his own mind, he begins to believe it to be true. Knowing more things about Sanchi, Police Inspector Malik (Darshan Kumar) tells reality – “I don’t understand who is more dangerous above, Hak Gul or your wife..” On the other hand, Sanchi tells his story to Hak Gul, which is completely different. from the true story. The film revolves around these four characters. All four have their own story and all the stories are completely opposite to each other. In such a situation, who is the truth, who is the liar… This episode brings the movie to its end.
We have seen many such films in the past which were shot in the same room or in a limited location. In such a situation, it becomes more important to bring strong dialogues and powerful artists to bring their narrative to the people. But Kuki Gulati’s film misleads the audience on this issue. The scenes of Kushali and Aparshakti locked in a room keep repeating. And this is the reason why even a film of only 1 hour 52 minutes seems too long. Honestly, there is no thrill anywhere in the story.
From writing, direction to technical level, the movie is average. Amit Roy’s cinematography adds nothing new to the story. Dharmendra Sharma’s editing could also have been a bit tighter. The music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli and Gaurav Dasgupta which is below average. It can be said that after the first half an hour the movie goes quite smoothly where you keep waiting for some high moment.
The director and screenwriter of the film is Kuki Gulati. The film grabs your attention early on, especially when the characters are established. But as the interval is reached, the story and characters start to wane. Also, especially the way the media was presented in the film seems quite unnecessary. Neeraj Singh has penned the film’s dialogues, which is not much talked about, it’s true.
The acting is one of the film’s weak points. There is no doubt that R Madhavan is a powerful actor and it is quite surprising to see him here. Yes, here his character had to be polished a little more and maybe he himself realized it during the shooting itself. The same goes for Darshan Kumar. Both do not leave much of an impact in the film which is disappointing for us as an audience. Apparshakti has done a good job in the character of the terrorist Hak Gul. Arguably, he is the most effective in the film. At the same time, Kushali Kumar made his Bollywood debut with this film. Plot-wise, he had plenty of opportunities here to showcase his acting prowess, but he let it down here. From the beginning to the end of the face, only selected gestures are visible.
Overall ‘Dhokha Round D Corner’ could have been an interesting suspense thriller but the poor screenplay resulted in it being too mediocre. 2 stars for ‘Dhokha’ by Filmibeat.
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R Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana, Khushali Kumar and Darshan Kumaar starrer film Dhokha Round D Corner releases on 23rd September. This film, made on a good concept, results in a dull thriller due to a weak screenplay.
Story first published: Friday, September 23, 2022, 2:42 am [IST]
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