Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Tisca Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mita Vashisht, Ashwini Kalsekar
Director: Manish Gupta
What’s Good: A murder mystery after a very long time that grips you in the first half. Excellent acting by Kay Kay Menon who makes a fine CBI officer and solves the case like Sherlock Holmes.
What’s Bad: A boring climax. Average storyline with loopholes.
Loo break: Won’t miss much!
Watch or Not?: If you are a fan of murder mysteries, this one is not a perfect case to solve. It is a decent watch if you want to. For a change watch a film without the usual sing and dance show and unnecessary love angles. Rahasya is a ‘Rahasya’ you may solve if you have not played Cluedo in long.
When the teenage daughter of Dr. Sachin Mahajan is murdered in her own house, what follows is a trail of the murder as newer and newer suspects come under the CBI scanner. As the mystery is being solved, there is another murder in the same house and some suspicious deaths follow.
Is it someone from the family itself? Or Is Ayesha’s murderer a jilted lover?
Rahasya Review: Script Analysis
A murder mystery may not always be a perfect potion like an Alfred Hitchcock film but if the key elements are in place, it can work with even a basic plot. Rahasya minus its theatrical elements of a CBI officer munching on walnuts and being nagged by his wife for a bigger house is quite engaging. Starting with a teenage girl’s murder case, the second half unfolds into a multiple murder case that goes to the CBI.
The writer builds a good engaging tale with its nitty gritty in place. The only problem here is that it fails at keeping up the gripping pace in the climax which was quite necessary. Murder mysteries are all about the climax and just when this game of Cluedo comes to the end, you have already guessed the culprit.
Rahasya Review: Star Performances
Ashish Vidyarthi in his role of Dr. Mahajan is quite admirable. In spite of not having many dialogues, his body language speaks volumes for his character.
Tisca Chopra as Mrs. Mahajan turned out quite disappointing. Even though her character may be a little meek, she fails to perform according to her caliber.
Kay Kay Menon outshines in this film. As the CBI officer, he is tough, witty and power packed.
Rahasya Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Manish Gupta with the trailer of Rahasya may have given a feel that the film is inspired by true events and you may have co-related it to the Aarushi Murder Case but he quite smartly steers clear of that story. Adding much more cinematic elements, what is presented is a better form of a CID episode.
The scenes are crisp to make the story tighter. Background score too works fine. The only problem is that in order to keep the film shorter, certain scenes end abruptly, especially the scene of Dr.Sachin Mahajan confessing his affair to his wife.
Also the director’s choice of the climax being shot in a room with a bunch of suspects and a sequential backstory telling didn’t work for me. A little bit of inspiration from Hollywood could have worked here. The story does have loopholes as a cop like Malvade going rogue for money felt like a forced element in the story.
Rahasya Review: The Last Word
Rahasya is not the perfect murder mystery. It has its drag moments and so if you have grown-up watching CID, you may like a better version of it. Not an exceptional story or execution so I am going with a 2.5/5 for this film.
Rahasya releases on 30th January, 2015.
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