Review: Vodka Diaries

Vodka Diaries

Vodka Diaries

Genre: Thriller
Duration: 117 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 19-JAN-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 2 on 5

In the misty town of Manali, ACP Ashwini Dixit attempts to solve a series of mysterious murders happening in a single night, which might be connected to the night club, Vodka Diaries.

Overall Review:
Debutant director Kushal Srivastava’s Vodka Diaries is poorly made remake of a much popular Hollywood flick – Shutter Island. The story is set in the freezing climes of Manali where dead bodies start piling up at a local hotel named Vodka Diaries. While a cop, (Kay Kay Menon) is trying to zero in on the murderer, his wife (Mandira Bedi) disappears. He gets a mysterious call from an unknown woman (Raima Sen) who tells him to connect the clues left behind by the murderer and then to solve the mystery which will eventually lead him to his wife. Vodka Diaries is highly misleading – What starts off as a murder mystery ends up as a psychological thriller which in its first half itself,  gives out enough hints that it is a copy of the Martin Scorsese movie – Shutter Isand. The sluggish pace of the narrative adds more to the woes. The cat-and-mouse chase fails to keep you at the edge of your seats and the lackluster dialogues ain’t good news here.

Performance / Technical:
What works for the film are the performances by its lead actors. Kay Kay Menon, as a cop who is hot on the trail of the murderer, who is also a romantic at heart, does the best he can with the material at hand. Mandira Bedi as a poetess is competent and Raima Sen delivers despite the limited scope of her character. Apart from Kay Kay Menon, Maneesh Chandra Bhatt’s surreal cinematography of the scenic Manali is another reason to cheer. Editing is silly and background music for such so called thriller is strictly OK. It definitely ends up killing your interest in the suspense.

PDF Verdict:
If you have watched the original movie, give this remake a miss as Grey Goose OR Absolute is better choice  for hangover than this bollywood shot. With an okayish direction and a silly script, this is a mystery best left unsolved for the sake of our senses.

Ratings: 2 on 5
Performance: 2.5 on 5
Script: 1.5 on 5
Screenplay: 2.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 2 on 5

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