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“Kadak Singh” Review: A Thriller That Fizzles Out Despite Strong Performances

National award-winning filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s latest Hindi movie, “Kadak Singh,” has made its debut on the OTT platform ZEE5. Explore our review to uncover the highs and lows of the movie.

Overview:

  • Release Date: December 08, 2023
  • Rating: 2.25/5
  • Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
  • Starring: Pankaj Tripathi, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Sanjana Sanghi, Jaya Ahsan, Paresh Pahuja, Varun Buddhadev, Dilip Shankar
  • Producers: Mahesh Ramanathan, Viraf Sarkari, Andre Timmins, and Sabbas Joseph
  • Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
  • Cinematographer: Avik Mukhopadhyay
  • Editor: Arghyakamal Mitra

Synopsis: “Kadak Singh” revolves around AK Srivastava (Pankaj Tripathi), an honest officer in the Financial Crimes Department in Kolkata, who develops amnesia while investigating a chit-fund scam. As he pieces together his fragmented memories, he seeks information from his daughter Sakshi (Sanjana Sanghi), girlfriend Naina (Jaya Ahsan), subordinate Arjun (Paresh Pahuja), and Chief Tyagi (Dilip Shankar). The film explores whether AK can recover his memory, solve the case, and unravel the mystery behind being called Kadak Singh.

Pros:

  • The story, crafted by Viraf Sarkari, Ritesh Shah, and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, unfolds with intrigue, especially in the first half.
  • Pankaj Tripathi delivers a satisfactory performance, injecting wit into serious scenes.
  • Sanjana Sanghi’s convincing portrayal adds emotional weight to the narrative.
  • Jaya Ahsan impresses in her Bollywood debut.

Cons:

  • Despite a promising premise, the director struggles with screenplay issues, particularly in the second half.
  • The climax and certain scenes fail to generate curiosity, leading to moments of boredom.
  • Casting choices, especially underutilizing Pankaj Tripathi and Parvathy Thiruvothu, pose a drawback.
  • Inappropriate background music during tense scenes contributes to viewer detachment.

Technical Aspects:

  • Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s writing and direction lack a lasting impression, with pacing issues in the latter half.
  • The music falls short of expectations, and cinematography, while satisfactory, is not standout.
  • Editing could have been more dynamic, especially in the second half.

Verdict: “Kadak Singh” falls short of expectations as a thriller. Despite commendable performances by Pankaj Tripathi and Sanjana Sanghi, pacing issues, weak direction, and subpar elements in music and editing make it a lackluster experience. Exploring alternative entertainment options might be a better choice for the weekend.

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