Saturday, 5 January 2013

Dehraadun Diary (2013) Review by Shivom Oza – Just Doesn’t Make The Cut!

1.5/5 Stars

A young couple, madly in love, gets separated when the girl’s elder brother, already accused in a murder case, kills the boy. The boy’s family, notably his younger brother, takes the girl’s family to court to fight for justice. It touches upon several issues such as politician-police nexus, honour killings and corruption.

The intention to make this film was good; however, the execution fails on several counts. Actors such as Rohit Bakhshi and Ashwini Kalsekar have done a good job. Adhyayan Suman is a let-down despite having a powerful role. Rati Agnihotri’s character is supposed to be disoriented, but she seems disinterested. There are a handful number of decent scenes in the film, in particular, the courtroom drama. However, in entirety, the film is a let-down and should be avoided.

Anshul Sharma (Rohit Bakhshi) proposes marriage to Priti Thakur (Ragini Nandwani), an infamous politician’s daughter. Anshul, his parents, and his brother Aakash (Adhyayan Suman) are eager to have Priti enter their home as a newly-wed bride. However, Priti’s father and her goony brother, Vishesh Thakur (Vishal Bhonsle) disapprove of the boy. Vishesh ends up killing Anshul, leaving everybody else shocked and in disarray. A courtroom drama ensues. After a few hits and misses, witnesses turning hostile, tampering of evidence, and the backing out of the lawyer, enters the fiery Advocate Dipali (Ashwini Kalsekar). The courtroom scenes were pulled of quite well. However, there is the unnecessary music and the frequent hamming by the cast members. There are awful films made in the industry, but this one did have potential. The first-half was bearable, but the second half totally gets on to your nerves. The heroine of the film had a bad role, and her acting was even worse. Adhyayan should look for another profession. He does put in good effort, but the results are just not satisfactory.

‘Dehraadun Diary’ is not a film I would recommend. Watch out for the actors, Rohit Bakhshi and Ashwini Kalsekar, albeit in other films!  

Shivom Oza

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