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Haseen Dillruba


Director: Vinil Mathew

Starring: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane

Written by: Kanika Dhillon

Streaming on: Netflix

Rishabh Saxena aka Rishu (Vikrant Massey) resides in Jwalapur along with his mother Lata (Yamini Das) and father Brijraj (Daya Shankar Pandey). His search leads him to Rani Kashyap (Taapsee Pannu). Lata doesn’t like the girl too much but Rishu insists on marrying her. Due to being nervous Rishu is not able to consummate the marriage. To top it off, he hears Rani speaking to her mother (Alka Kaushal) and her masi (Puja Sarup) that Rishu is not good in bed. Which puts him down even more. One day, Rishu’s cousin Neel Tripathi (Harshvardhan Rane) comes to stay with the Saxena’s. Neel is well built and Rani is attracted to him. Neel realizes this and starts an affair with her. Rani then falls in love with him so much that even starts cooking for him. She confesses to Neel that she wants to end the marriage and move in with him. This freaks out Neel and he runs away. Rani is hurt by this and somehow blurts the truth out to Rishu. Rishu, who was thinking of having a fresh start with her is hurt furthermore by this. A few months later, there is a blast in their residence, killing Rishu. The cops investigating the case suspect Rani to kill him. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The plot of the film showed sparks similar to Rani and Rishu in the film but the whole film follows their marriage and that urns out to be equally dry. The film is supposed to be a romantic thriller, but at the end of it, it’s neither romantic nor thrilling. Only thing it manages to be is get boring as the end can very much be predicted. The film’s plot points aren’t strong enough either. Leave making the film even a teeny bit relatable, the makers fail to even make the film believable. The story follows a rather convenient route because the makers wanted it this way, it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not.

Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Jayakrishna Gummadi is good. The opening shot itself fills you with hope of how beautiful the film might be, only for it to be crashing soon after. Editing by Shweta Venkat Mathew is below average. There is a lot that could have been improved and on top of it the film’s length should have been shortened. Amit Trivedi’s music is honestly forgettable and holds no place in a film like this. Maybe it would have helped the editor to cut out the songs to reduce the length of the film. The background score is fine. Writing feels lazy at times. A lot more time and effort should have gone into improving the script. The production design and the costume design are great and realistic.

Performances are great, as expected. Tapsee Pannu delivers a great performance. She gives her best and delivers a convincing performance. Vikrant Massey has shown his mettle as an actor yet again and delivers a wonderful performance. Harshvardhan Rane has a limited screen time and yet he gives a good performance. All of them give their best despite their badly written characters. The rest of the cast offer good support.

Director Vinil Mathew could have done better with this film. Despite the flawed writing, as a director there were things he could have done. The narrative lacked consistency and the execution wasn’t upto the mark either.

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