Onto the next release of the weekend and I have just finished watching Collar Bomb on Hotstar VIP. I still remember watching its trailer a week back and I was bowled over by the concept and the thrill that it had to offer. Needless to say, I was excited for its release. Starring Jimmy Shergill who I find quite underrated, I was really looking forward to this. Does it manage to impress, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Collar Bomb follows the story of a celebrated cop who is forced to commit a series of murders to diffuse a bomb and thereby saves the lives of many school children. The story has all the elements for a perfect edge of the seat thriller. With a run length of less than 90 minutes, you are in for a joyride. Or so I thought! The screenplay is a royal mess, probably the worst trainwreck this year. It just pains me to criticize this film as it had all the potential. But the screenplay is written so poorly that you are disconnected right from the opening scene. What seemed like a roller coaster turns out to be a slogfest. After a point, I was just going through the motions and didn’t really care on what was happening. To be fair, the last 20 minutes are somewhat watchable even though the mystery is something you can predict from a mile away. But the rest of the film is just boring, and there is no excuse for that especially with the subject at hand. Disappointing!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are just too bland. The BGM is alright and tries hard to hold your attention but there is no real innovation here, something that could have been experimented. The cinematography is pretty impressive though. Director Dnyanesh Zoting just misses the mark here. The direction is just not upto the mark and it just saddens me to be a bit harsh but the director makes a mess of the proceedings.
The performances are alright. Rajshree Deshpande is quite good in an extended cameo. Asha Negi as Sumitra is just about average. Her accent is a suspect here and somehow she does not manage to hold your attention. I was really sad to watch Jimmy Shergill here. As Manoj, he is very good here and keeps tries to salvage this film till the very end. But as the late Dilip Kumar had once famously stated, ” No Actor Is Above The Script.” This case is exactly that. All the other actors are average.
Collar Bomb is a lost opportunity that sadly turns out to be bland and insipid. Don’t waste your time on this one, Steer clear! Available on Hotstar VIP.