Star cast: Mohit Ahlawat, Kalki Koechlin, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Ravi Kishan, Abhimanyu Singh.

Plot: Various people are behind one bag containing money. Who will get it?

What’s Good: Ravi Kishan’s acting; Vinay Pathak’s performance.

What’s Bad: The confusing first half.

Verdict: The Film Emotional Atyachar is not exactly an atyachar on your senses, but it isn’t good or novel either.

Loo break: Several.

Purple Haze Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd. and B2 Motion Pictures’ The Film Emotional Atyachar is a road thriller set on the Bombay-Goa highway. The story is essentially about one night and what happens to different people on that fateful night. It is then revealed how those different people had one common thread – they were all in pursuit of a bag containing money.

Vikram Jaiswal (Mohit Ahlawat) is in need of money but a deal does not come through. The businessman, Khanna (Nasser Abdullah), who was to strike the deal with Vikram and pay him money, instead, decides to buy the club of Bosco (Abhimanyu Singh). Junior (Ravi Kishan) and his cronies decide to rob the money Khanna has. Joe (Vinay Pathak) and Leslie (Ranvir Shorey), two police officers, are also eyeing the bag of money and they pick up Bosco’s girlfriend, Sophie (Kalki Koechlin), to accomplish their mission.

The film moves on various tracks as the stories of the different characters unfold. Since each set of characters is unrelated to the other sets, the viewer gets confused initially as the drama about the various characters unfolds. However, things start becoming comprehensible in the second half as it emerges that the unifying factor is the bag of money. Since thrillers of this kind have been seen in the past, there is not much novelty in BhaviniBheda’s script. Also, every character seems to be more black than white, further reducing the appeal of the film. Dialogues (by Kartik Krishnan and Bhavini Bheda) are okay.

Mohit Ahlawat does a fair job. Kalki Koechlin doesn’t have the looks of a traditional heroine; her acting is average. Vinay Pathak endears himself to the audience with a good show. Ranvir Shorey is not as appealing. Although he acts well, he doesn’t have scenes which are good enough. Abhimanyu Singh is okay. Ravi Kishan is the scene stealer. He plays to the gallery. Snehal Dabhi (as Goti) is natural. Jimmy Viryani also does well in the role of Pichkoo. Anand Tiwari leaves a mark. Sakshi Gulati is alright. Shubha Khote, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam (in special appearance), Pankaj Kalra, Nasser Abdullah, Raj- kumar Kanojia and Teddy Maurya provide fair support.

Akshay Shere’s direction is okay. Given the ordinary script, his narration is just about engrossing. Mangesh Dhadke’s music goes with the mood of the film. The ‘Chitka hua’ song is quite appealing. Background music (Mangesh Dhadke) is okay. P.K. Swain’s action and stunts are functional. Photography (Tribhuvan Babu) is quite good.

On the whole, The Film Emotional Atyachar is an ordinary fare which will not be able to do much at the box-office.

By Komal Nahta

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