Star Cast: ‘A let’s do it because it’s a Spanish remake’ Emraan Hashmi, ‘A let’s do it because its story of just one night’ Rishi Kapoor, ‘A let’s do it because the story revolves around my body’ Sobhita Dhulipala, ‘A let’s do it because it’s my Bollywood debut’ Vedhika Kumar.
Director: ‘An I’ve made Drishyam, so I can make anything’ Jeetu Joseph
What’s Good: It’s 103 minutes! Phew.
What’s Bad: IT IS 103 MINUTES! WHY?
Loo Break: The loo might have more interesting things than the film!
Watch or Not?: Hahaha, read ahead!
As the title suggests, the story revolves around a dead body (or not as dead as the audience will be while watching it). It starts with an interestingly shot car driving scene shot as an FPP, which wrongfully raises my hopes. SP Jairaj Rawal (Rishi Kapoor) gets called to Port Louis’ forensic laboratory to investigate a case of Maya Verma’s missing dead body. Jairaj calls in the husband of the dead body, Ajay Puri (Emraan Hashmi).
A middle-aged wealthy businesswoman Maya married to a (portrayed as) good-for-nothing Ajay and he gets investigated for her murder. As the story proceeds, we meet Ritu (Vedhika Kumar) who’s Ajay’s girlfriend and the possibility of him being the murderer increases. If you’re patient enough, you’ll definitely find out who has the body & who’s been framed. Best of luck!
The Body Movie Review: Script Analysis
Execution of Oriol Paulo’s original story had the elements that made you wait for the twist. This one, too, makes you wait to find out the killer because only that will end the film. I can totally imagine actors mimicking Golmaal‘s dialogue while acting, “Jaldi act karo, subah Panvel nikalna hai.” Spanish one was a clear thriller but this one, from the first scene, fails to register whether it wants to thrill the audience or scare them.
While the investigation, I was just hoping Rishi sir to catch the murderer and let us go. The narrative just floats around throughout without any twists, giving us the major one towards the end when we stop caring about it.
The Body Movie Review: Star Performance
Emraan Hashmi for some reason seems disinterested from scene one. There are minimal efforts visible in taking the character seriously. He’s just mimicking the lines without showing any range in his performance. A very flat one!
Rishi Kapoor sleepwalks! If someone as legendary as him does something mediocre, it’s obviously not taken as mediocrity. It’s a disaster. He tries to act as a very lazily character and fails at the same.
Sobhita Dhulipala gets few things right apart from looking smoking hot on-screen. She gets the nuances of her character & portrays them beautifully. Vedhika Kumar gets nothing to add to the narrative. She’s a dead asset for the film & gets no scope to act or vice versa.
The Body Movie Review: Direction, Music
Jeetu Joseph, the brain behind Drishyam, should’ve chosen something original to make a comeback to Bollywood. He gets so stuck in the original screenplay that he forgets to tweak anything. A poorly executed remake of a decent original film. Jeetu fails at understanding what could work with the Indian audience and what doesn’t.
Around 5 songs in a movie that’s just 103 minutes. Not that I’m complaining, because lower the duration of suffering the better. But at least give me something at least to hum after I leave the theatre. I can’t even recollect a single song. Thankfully, Jhalak Dikhlaaja isn’t a part of the film. Forgettable background score by Clinton Cerejo.
The Body Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, The Body is a dull mysterious thriller in which the mystery unfolds when you care the least about it. It plays with your mind in a bad way to fill it with cluttered chaos.
One and a half stars!
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The Body releases on 13th December, 2019.
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