Movie Review (Missing): The Missing Details

Film: Missing

Language: Hindi

Release: 6th April 2018

Genre: Psychological thriller

Actors: Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu, Annu Kapoor

Director: Mukul Abhyankar

Rating: 4 stars

Review Title: The Missing Details

Missing is a Bollywood film released on 6th April, which is written and directed by Mukul Abhyankar, and stars Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu and Annu Kapoor in major roles. The film has been produced by Neeraj Pandey and has been shot extensively in Mauritius. It is a psychological thriller.

Missing is the story of a couple Sushant Dubey (played by Manoj Bajpayee) and Aparna (played by Tabu) who are on a retreat in Mauritius and their daughter Titli goes missing on the beach resort. The police is involved and the investigation, under the supervision of Inspector Ram Buddhu (played by Annu Kapoor) reveals some dark secrets of the marriage of Sushant and his wife.

The film has been shot extensively in Mauritius, in fact, barring a few scenes, the entire movie is shot in the beach resort. The story of the film starts with Sushant and his wife going on a vacation to a beach resort in Mauritius. Sushant also has some business meeting in the area. They reach the resort late past midnight and the next early morning, their daughter Titli goes missing.

Sushant doesn’t want the police to be involved and he seems to be hiding something but Aparna calls the police and thus enters Inspector Ram Buddhu. He finds that there is something odd about the couple and his doubts gets confirmed when Sushant tells a lot of unbelievable stories about his wife and his daughter, but in reality, he was doing it to protect them.

The film gives a lot of indications in the beginning about the characters and their personas and later a lot of them are challenged which reflects the fact that people are complicated and not what they seem at first sight. For e.g., Sushant is shown as an extremely flirtatious kind of a man, who is married and his wife always suspects his business trips, but in reality, he was a kind and caring man which is revealed later.

Inspector Ram Buddhu is also shown as a very sharp and cunning investigator but he is fooled as well in the story and he doesn’t even realize it. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story and they have been placed succinctly to keep the audience engaged more so because at a time when the film becomes slightly slow, it still keeps the questions open for us to see more of it.

The story reflects a very sad reality of the society that in the case of any eventuality, we always suspect men first and we also expect them to step up and solve the crisis and in the end, it’s a man who pays the price. Kudos to the writer and director for showing this stark reality of life. For example, here, as soon as Titli vanishes, the needle of suspicion points towards Sushant and Aparna also accuses him of being responsible for their safety and in the end, Sushant pays a very big price as well.

Worth mentioning is the scene where the neighboring guest of Sushant and Aparna is suspected of kidnapping Titli because he is a man and because of his looks. This tells us, how judgmental we have become as a society.

The story is new and fresh, the acting performances by all are very good. Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu and Annu Kapoor steal the show. The direction remains focused on the plot at hand and the director has worked towards engaging the audience and the storytelling is appreciable, especially, the way in which the background of Sushant, Aparna and their marriage is brought forward.

I would recommend this movie as a onetime watch and give it a rating of 4 stars because the movie is slow at times and the ending could have been slightly different. Nonetheless, good attempt by Mukul.

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