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Missing  : Can’t Find Interesting Intrigue
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Friday, April 6, 2018
Mukul Abhyankar
Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu

It all happens in a lovely resort hotel in Mauritius. Sushant Dubey checks in late at night with Aparna and little Titli all sick and covered up in her mother’s arms.


Sushant’s a bit of a rake, flirting with the receptionist. He’s here on work but before he left home, he was shown cajoling his wife while she supposedly sulked behind a door. You don’t see her or the kid he plays with.


Writer-director Mukul Abhyankar probably thought he’d created enough mystery by cutting to Sushant, Aparna and Titli in the hotel in Mauritius. You’d assume they’re Mr and Mrs Dubey with their sick little kid.


But Sushant is given to fibbing, pretending there’s no room service so he can step out alone for a bite. While he’s out, a shady guy lurks outside their door at 2am while a kid wails inside.


Having established all the red herrings, Titli goes missing. Aparna is in a flap like any normal mother while Sushant is kind of detached.


Without revealing any spoilers, what one can say is that Aparna isn’t who she seems to be and Sushant is a cad who lies for no good reason and cheats on his wife. Honestly, they deserve each other.


The problem is, Mukul tries too hard to be different, telling his story in little bits to whip up an ambience of intrigue until the whole puzzle is pieced together. Butthere’s little to guess as the main mystery of a mentally disturbed person who seems sane has been seen and read about many times before.


So instead of keeping you on the edge with suspense, your mind wanders even as the character of a smart cop is introduced. He’s so smart that one wonders why he couldn’t ask his department to check on Sushant’s credentials straightaway.


Obviously, Tabu accepted the role as a sort of challenge because she gets a part with various shades to it. She looks lovely and plays Aparna well but that’s barely enough when the drama isn’t sufficiently gripping. Manoj Bajpayee sometimes overdoes it but for the most part, he’s gets Sushant right as the guy who’s caught in his own web of lies. Annu Kapoor as the clever cop who drops French words like ‘Merci’ and ‘Madame’ all over the place, is acceptable.


Disappointingly, music director MM Kreem doesn’t come up with any of his melodious scores even in the lullaby that Aparna sings.


Towards the end, the plotis totally lost with why-on-earth turns like Sushant and Aparna on the run when you know what’s in her bag.


Verdict: For a thriller where an interesting narrative and a novel mystery go missing, Missing gets a 2* rating.  


Direction: 2.5/5

Story: 2.5/5

Screenplay: 2/5

Dialogues: 2/5

Music: 2/5


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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