the director- Kookie Gulati
artist- R Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana, Khushali Kumar, Darshan Kumar
Sanchi, sitting at gunpoint in the possession of terrorist Haq Gul, says, “There is a story.. Sunoge! Once the lie and the truth were going somewhere. The lie said that it is summer. Both of them went to the bathing well, as soon as the truth took a bath.” I took a dip, the lie ran away with all the clothes of truth. And since then the lie is roaming around the world wearing the clothes of truth. The whole world believes my husband’s words to be true and I am standing in this well like truth.”
The thriller, woven around the battle of truth and lies, proceeds with fairly flat twists and turns, when the “hoax” is finally exposed. In the climax, the director tries to leave you on a high note. The basic concept of this film is quite interesting. But to bring any idea to the big screen, some things are necessary, that is good script and actors supporting the idea. The ‘cheat round de corner’ is weak on both these sides.
The story of the film follows the laughingly happy married life of Saarthik Sinha (R Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (Khushali Kumar). Time passes and the place of love between the two starts growing jealousy, conspiracy, suspicion and hatred. The two are somehow pulling the car of life when one day a terrorist, Haq Gul, escapes from jail and hides in their house. At that time there was only Sanchi in the house. Haq Gul holds her hostage and puts her demands in front of the police.
While the police are planning to nab the terrorist, Reality blows their senses by revealing that Haq Gul’s hostage wife is a victim of delusional disorder. That is, by making any story in his own mind, he starts believing 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, Haq Gul or your wife..” On the other hand Sanchi narrates her story to Haq Gul, Which is completely different from the real 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 true, who is a liar.. This episode takes the film till the end.
We have seen many such films in the past which have been shot in the same room or at a limited location. In such a situation, it becomes more important to bring strong dialogues and influential artists to bring their narrative to the people. But Kookie Gulati’s film deceives the audience in this matter. The scenes of Khushali and Aparshakti imprisoned in a room keep repeating. And this is the reason that even a film of just 1 hour 52 minutes seems too long. Truth be told, there is no thrill anywhere in the story.
From writing, direction to technical level, the film is average. Amit Roy’s cinematography does not add anything 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 hour, the film runs quite flat, where you keep waiting for some high moment.
The film is directed and scripted by Kookie Gulati. The film grabs your attention in the beginning, especially by the time the characters are established. But by reaching the interval, the story and the characters all start to weaken. Also, especially the way the media was portrayed in the film, it seems quite unnecessary. Neeraj Singh has written the dialogues of the film, about which little is talked about, it is true.
The acting has been one of the weak sides of the film. There is no doubt that R Madhavan is a powerful actor and but it is quite surprising to see him here. Yes, here his character needed to be polished a little more and perhaps he himself had understood this during the shooting itself. And the same applies to Darshan Kumar. Both do not leave much of an impact in the film, which is disappointing for us as an audience. Aparshakti has done a good job in the character of terrorist Haq Gul. It can be said that he has been the most effective in the film. At the same time, Khushali Kumar has made her Bollywood debut with this film. Story-wise, he had plenty of opportunities here to showcase his acting prowess, but he has disappointed here. From beginning to end, only selected gestures are visible on the face.
Overall, ‘Dhokha Round D Corner’ could have turned out to be an interesting suspense thriller, but the poor script resulted in it being too mediocre. 2 stars for ‘Dhokha’ from Filmibeat.
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R Madhavan, Aparshakti Khurana, Khushali Kumar and Darshan Kumaar starrer film Dhokha Round D Corner is releasing on 23rd September. This film made on a good concept results in a boring thriller due to weak screenplay.
Story first published: Friday, September 23, 2022, 2:42 [IST]