Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review of Mr. X

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Cast: Emraan Hashmi (Raghuram Rathid), Amyra Dastur (Sia), Arunoday Singh
Directed by: Vikram Bhatt
Produced by: Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt
Written by: Shagufta Rafique
Music by: Jeet Ganguli, Ankit Tiwari, Ankur Tiwari, Raju Singh (Background Score)
Cinematography: Pravin Bhatt, Chandan Gupta
Edited by: Kuldeep Mehan
Production Company: Vishesh Films
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios
Release Date: April 17, 2015
Language: Hindi

Mr. X, a film churned out by Bhatt Camp, fails miserably. Initial frames appeared as if the movie might build up an interesting plot of ATD's (Anti Terrorist Department) efforts to save the Chief Minister's life but later turns out to be a mere flick of illogically knit sub-plots of vicious conspiracy, saviours turning out to be murderers, treachery, betrayal, power-hungry dirty games, flashes of romance (though it is hardly romantic), and the main plot of journey of Raghuram Rathod to be the invisible Mr. X. Irony is, Mr. Invisible is hardly invisible, dominates the screen space most of the time.

Raghuram Rathod (Imraan Hashmi) and his girl friend Sia (Amyra Dastur), are part of ATD. Raghu dares to risk his life to save a group of people kept as hostage by a terrorist group. Sia, reluctantly allows Raghu to risk his life (since she is in love with him). There are moments of passion dispassionately expressed between the two, even when Raghu proposes to her and commits to enter into marital relationship. Before their dream could turn into reality, Raghu is provided with an opportunity to save Chief Minister, whose life is under threat from a terrorist group. But that opportunity turns out to be a trap for Raghu. He finds himself in a big problem, where he is not given a choice but asked to do something which he doesn't approve of. Corny sub-plots and events lead Raghu to become invisible Mr. X who can be viewed in UV light / Sunlight/ Neon light. And there starts the journey of Mr. X taking revenge with those who made his life hell, played with his dreams, and destroyed his very existence itself.

Script and screenplay do not build up at all. Sia who claims that Raghu is her only emotional anchor believes at the spur of the moment that he is wrong and starts hating him. And later when she encounters the invisible Mr. X, she infers him to be Raghu just with a simple touch with the invisible. She is able to relate with the Bheeni Bheeni Khushbhu of Raghu and declares to ADP and others that Mr. X is none other than Raghu. It is ironic that Mr. X' body retains the original fragrance even after the accident or chemical treatment of his body. Sia is not surprised / shocked to learn regarding Raghu being alive. She does not even try to understand what he went through, but still knows very well that when and how he can become visible. Sia is shown to be a die-hard honest officer, but neither her heart functions nor her mind. She responded to him with great acrimony most of the time. And Raghu realizes that his transformation to Mr. X is not for his love but to initiate his revenge saga.

Mr. X is shown in his torn jacket all the time. The logic??? The invisible person doesn't need to take bath, doesn't need to change clothes, but definitely does need love. Even when the whole refinery has caught fire, a telephone line is intact. Raghu who survives this fire is still strong enough to make a call. Neither his appearance change nor his jacket. Ah... The height of idiocy...

Arunoday as ATD chief is not at all able to pull off his character. Tanmay Bhatt (Polo), a hacker, is just a filler in the plot.

What was the intent of the makers through Mr. X - to tell a love story or a story of revenge saga or a sci-fi thriller ...the film fails in all of them. One can neither fall in love nor empathize with the characters.

Bhatt Camp takes the audience for granted and messes up completely with Mr. X. My rating of 1 out of 5 goes due to the song 'Tu Jo nahin...'


Rating: 1/5 (Poor)