There are good films, there are bad films and then there are those films that are neither because they are too confusing for the audience. Mukul Abhyankar’s psychological thriller Missing falls in the last category because it fails to raise the bar high, set by a brilliant trailer and the combination of Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee for the first time in 18 years.
The story of a lost child gets the treatment of ‘lost uncle’ from Haseena Maan Jayegi and instead of making the audience interested in the story, it makes them laugh for some odd reason.
The lives of Aparna (Tabu) and Sushant Dubey (Manoj Bajpayee) is sent into a spin when their daughter Titli goes missing while they are vacationing at a beach resort in Mauritius. Local Top Cop Inspector Buddhu (Annu Kapoor) leads the search and finds out that there are more inconsistencies in their narrative than in the entire case.
He suspects Mr. Dubey who acts suspiciously as well as the mother who doesn’t have a photograph of her daughter. Is the daughter found in time or does the culprit meet his fate? Watch this film to know what happens when someone you love goes missing!
Missing misses the point of being a psychological thriller as it is neither psychological nor a thriller; in fact it messes up with your brain especially in the last 1 hour when everything that happens gets denied instantly. You don’t get to see the all-important child in the frame even before she is kidnapped and that shows how incompetent the writer was. He might be a fan of Alfred Hitchcock but the master of suspense wouldn’t have approved of the plot that neither had a soul, nor a mind.
Veteran actor Annu Kapoor was the saving grace of the film since he looks like a character in command – the Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu reunion didn’t help in reviving the old chemistry they had in Ghaath and Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar way back in 2000. They both make a fool of themselves as actors because of their incomplete characterization that could have been avoided had the director been someone experienced.
Was there a kid, was there not a kid? Are Sushant and Aparna a happy couple or no couple at all? Has the child been kidnapped by outsiders or are the perpetrators the very parents who called the police? Such are the questions that will arise in your mind after watching Missing where nothing is what it seems and where everyone is a suspect.
The film could have been great had it been handled by an experienced campaigner but the loads of twists and turns in the climax made the audience nauseated instead of interested. For those who think that you can’t have a flawed film with two of the biggest stars in the industry, Missing can serve as an eye-opener.
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