Film Review: MISSING

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Rating: 2.5/5
121 minutes
Director: Mukul Abhyankar

‘An Over-Cooked Plot’

During the investigations, Mauritius top cop Buddhu (Annu Kapoor) pensively remarks to his investigating officers “Bahut saare loopholes hain”. The viewer is left wondering whether the words refer to the case or the script.
A couple, Sushant (Manoj Bajpayee) and Aparna (Tabu) check into a posh Mauritius beach resort with daughter Titli in the middle of the night. Within five hours Titli goes missing.
Enter Buddhu, who along with his two juniors try every trick in the book to nab the culprits and outwit them in their lies. And, to reassure viewers that they are not transported out of Mauritius, Annu Kapoor is made to utter a smattering of French every now and then —  ‘Merci’ and ‘S’il vous plait’ is all that he manages to utter besides barking an order in Creole to his officers. Stifled yawns and unintended guffaws  result.
The hotel receptionist, when requested for an upgrade to a double-room, tells Sushant, “You know, this is the peak holiday season.” Yet, except for a couple the hotel lobby is perennially deserted and the sprawling grounds desolate throughout the film.
In his debut feature debut, Mukul Abhyankar has assembled a talented cast besides co-writing and assuming charge of a reasonable good premise. The acting is average, though Tabu does well. And even at two hours the film manages to feel stretched.
Prolific music composer of the South, M M Kreem (Criminal, Bahubali) handles the score well and the lullaby in the beginning is ear-pleasing.
‎Corny dialogues, an uninspired script and ‘bahut saare loopholes’ mar what could have turned ‘Missing’ into ‘promising’.

 

Hoshang K. Katrak
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