Check 100 Movie Review Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars (two and a half stars)
Star cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sakshi Tanwar, Neena Gupta
Director: Renzil D’Silva
What is good: His visible intention to be a good tongue twister, Manoj Bajpayee’s performance ‘the same, but different’
What is bad: The nonchalant transformation of various things from paper to screen.
Loo Break: At 100 minutes, this won’t be a ‘bath break’ craving, but some breaks sure
To look or not ?: If you’ve re-watched The Family Man a couple of times but still want to witness Manoj on a new mission, go for it!
Nikhil Sood of Manoj Bajpayee is a Principal Investigator directly for The Family Man, but he does not have as significant a publication as the Raj-DK program. He is stressed out from emotional turmoil at home and carries the load with himself to his station, where he takes emergency calls made by the public. On a not so good day, Nikhil receives an unknown call from Seema Pallav (Neena Gupta), who threatens him by expressing her suicidal thoughts.
Nikhil juggles between his wife Prerna (Sakshi Tanwar) calling him to complain that their son repeats a particular illegal act and a strange woman (r) giving him the sociopathic vibes on the emergency call. As the twists unravel, Seema captures Prerna hostage and exposes the not-so-surprising bond between the three characters.
Dial 100 Movie Review: Script Analysis
Imagine The Family Man, but Shrikant is demoted to PI, Priya Mani somehow transforms into Sakshi Tanwar, Dhriti is missing because she could have gone somewhere with her new boyfriend, and Atharv is an adult, but not as smart as him. . kid. All of these characters in one setting, not as exciting as the show because you can smell the twists beforehand, making it difficult to get excited. Rensil D’Silva’s story has the meat, but it doesn’t evoke intrigue due to the careless execution of the ‘big reveal’ scenes.
There is always a hint of what will happen next, and I was right with every one of them. A scene where Nikhil realizes that Seema knows him by name is half-done, as there should have been an immediate follow-up from a worthy officer like him. In another sequence, Nikhil is shown calling a number who wants to know who it belongs to, but was unable to because the call is not answered. He didn’t even try to use any free caller ID apps that are available on smartphones. I know it can be fooled too, but in this case it was a personal number and could I have at least tried to find out?
The scene ends as:
“Nikhil, paw chala, kiska tha number?”
“Nahi, uthane se pehle hi cut kar diya!”
There are multiple occasions when things get too convenient to justify the plot on the course, hampering the narrative. Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogue is also a major reason why drama never turns into an adrenaline rush. I totally get the point that Neena’s character is an ordinary woman and therefore you can’t give her orchestrated dialogue. But giving it lines like [Mild Spoiler Ahead] “Agar tumne ne police station will be bahar nikle, toh Prerna will die aur agar tumne police ko involve kiya toh bhi Prerna will die” is just lousy. Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s camera work astonishingly captures the tension on Manoj’s face through multiple shots of medium faces and close-ups.
Dial 100 movie review: star performance
Manoj Bajpayee’s performance remains the highlight of the film and that, in fact, is as predictable as the film’s twists and turns. Take a character similar to The Family Man, molding him differently to test his astronomical variation. He makes things look so easy by playing even some overly dramatic scenes with the utmost subtlety.
In the first 15 minutes, we can hear Neena Gupta’s voice, and my first reaction was: “Great actors could act even with just their voice” (recalling Scarlett Johansson from Her). The problem begins with the development of your character. She freezes with the deal making it difficult to deliver dialogue more than once.
With the kind of talent that Mrs. Neena possesses, the character sketch should have been better. I could literally copy and paste all the comments I just made about Neena ma’am’s performance to explain Sakshi Tanwar’s presence in the movie.
There’s this heartbreakingly long continuous scene (a little over 2 minutes) towards the end where Sakshi just cries her heart out. That scene, in a way, sums up the entire film, exposing the actor’s ability in the face of the ineffectiveness of the script. Although you can’t feel enough about Sakshi’s pain due to the weak execution, that doesn’t rule out how tormentingly beautiful she is in that scene.
Dial 100 Movie Review: Direction, Music
All of the significant setbacks in the film are due to Rensil D’Silva’s story and script falling short of the mark. A major subplot from this movie reminded me of Badla, and after that, I couldn’t help but compare the two, ending up disappointed in how well it could have been if it had been treated similarly.
Raju Singh’s baseline scoring starts off well without being too loud, but becomes too intrusive in the second half. Singh has been a big name composing soundtracks for too many TV shows, but he fails to complement the designed tension on screen.
Dial 100 Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done; Dial 100 is a thriller that takes you to the edge of your seat, but it doesn’t give you much to be excited about. It takes you to the point where you would expect unpredictability, but gives you what you might have already guessed.
Trailer Dial 100
Dial 100 launches on August 5, 2021.
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