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Dhokha Round D Corner

Farhad Dalal
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Farhad Dalal
Rating
1 Star popcorn reviewss

Introduction

Onto the final release of the weekend and I finished watching the other theatrical release this week, Dhokha Round D Corner starring R Madhavan. And honestly I had the least expectations from it. I usually do not watch trailers of the latest films but I did end up watching its trailer and my red flags were immediately up after watching it. It did not really excite me although I did hope that it would spring a surprise. And with that little hope, I did venture into the film. So then does Dhokha Round D Corner manage to impress, lets find out.

Story & Screenplay

Dhokha Round D Corner follows the story of a hostage situation wherein each character has his/her own version of truth based on the previous dynamics. Now if you would say, Farhad what is this story, it just doesn’t make sense! Then I was as confused as you are! What was this story? Why was it even made? Who did green light this ridiculous project? I had absolutely no answers to these burning questions while I did watch logic die a slow and painful death in the film. The good little bit was the length of the screenplay which was in check. So at a little less than 2 hours, the length of the screenplay was bearable.

The drama opens in an innovative fashion with the camera swiping left and right depicting the once happy but now strained relationship of the protagonist with his wife. Before you can settle in with this thought, there is a hostage situation after a couple of scenes. Now, the hostage situation is generally a tense one where the viewer should ideally be at the edge of the seat. But here the entire situation is laughable.

The police are shown like a bunch of dimwits who just did not think of placing snipers in opposite buildings. The antagonist did visit the window atleast 5 to 6 times and could easily have been neutralised. But that wasn’t to be. To add on, the versions of the truth which are exchanged between multiple characters ought to have kept the audiences guessing. But the setup was such that it would be the last thing that you would talk about. There was just no tension that was built up.

The events are laughable where I found myself facepalming myself every now and then. To give you a perspective, even in a supposedly “tense” situation, a police man is sharing a cigarette with the protagonist almost calmly. Firstly, why was that resident allowed to enter the cordoned off area. Some of you will end up saying, Farhad do not over analyze, creative liberties are fine. And I am all for it. I had given leeway in Laal Singh Chaddha where the entire terrorist turned businessman sequence was illogical. Yet the way it was executed, I did feel it had its heart in the right place. But here, this is plain illogical, nothing less!

The final act just takes the cake in being just so ridiculous. There are multiple twists which made no sense and are just laughable. The entire set of events made me go ‘Matlab Kuchhhhh Bhiiii” while I regretted wasting my two hours. The subplots of the journalists was nicely forgotten too. Just what were the writers thinking? You just cannot introduce a twist for the heck of it. It was an insult to my intelligence in what was the most illogical piece of writing that I have seen all year. I do rest my case!

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are cringe worthy and over dramatic. Some of the lines will make you squirm in your seat. The music is average, nothing much to shout about. The BGM is just about alright again plain average. The cinematography in the opening sequence was good but later that too turns average. The editing is severely choppy and fails to create an impact. Director Kookie Gulati has not done a bad job. In fact he has done A VERY BAD JOB! you cannot okay takes where you actors are not performing. And to top it, there was no grip in the drama whatsoever summing up the direction which was horrible.

Performances

The performances are plain horrible as well. And what hurt me was that some of the actors did have good acting credentials. Darshan Kumaar is a talented actor but he is way below par here in one of the most forgetful roles of his career. R Madhavan too is generally a safe actor, rather a good one. But here he is over the top and absolutely ridiculous. Aparshakti Khurrana is a complete miscast here. He is supposed to be a Kashmiri but he looks Punjabi for starters. Also his accent is off wherein you can see that he is trying to speak in a certain way instead of the dialect coming naturally to him. So then why not cast a Kashmiri actor for the role? And Khushali Kumar! Where do I even begin? The girl just cannot act. To give you a perspective, if you are caught in a hostage situation, you would be scared and worried. But Khushali has zero expressions on her face, remiscent of Divya Khonsla Kumar from Satyameva Jayate 2. In fact her act was laughable by some of the antics which does pull off. This was just a ridiculous performance if ever there was one!

Conclusion

Dhokha Round D Corner is the most illogical film of the year. In fact its name is a warning for the audience too, a complete Dhokha to them! Steer clear! Available in a theatre near you!

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