2.5 / 5
Yatharth Sinha (R Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (Khushalii Kumar) are a once happy couple who are now constantly fighting. At a time when Yatharth is away, a terrorist, Haq Gul (Aparkshakti Khurana), breaks into their luxury home in Mumbai and takes Sanchi hostage. Hot in his pursuit is the devoted cop, ACP Harishchandra Malik (Darshan Kumaar), who will do his best to bring the criminal back. But all is not what it seems. Sanchi seems to be severely traumatized and suffers from multiple personality disorder. The terrorist may have a gun, but that doesn’t make him immune to her charms. And the husband seems to have his own secrets, too. Now, the situation has become a much-awaited game, a four-way Mexico confrontation between the hostage, the terrorist, the police officer and the husband.
Dhokha: Round D Corner has a lot of twists revealed at regular intervals. The film is told through the form of multiple stories. Each main character tells the story with attachments. Before long, there are different versions of the truth floating around and you don’t know which story to believe. You will learn that every character follows their own agenda. Even the climax doesn’t quite make the picture clear, but still keeps a few strings hanging. It’s a movie where nothing is completely black and white. We encounter shades of gray. No one is completely sinner and no one is completely innocent. It’s an interesting premise to be sure. Director Kookie Gulati used noir elements. Noir’s films have told us that people have the capacity to overlap quite a bit and that their true nature will come out when they have the opportunity to harm each other. That is also given in the current film. While the text and instructions are authoritative otherwise, the second half doesn’t pull off a bit. The end credits scenes with Aparshakti are really unnecessary.
The film is the stepping stone to bring Khushalii Kumar into the acting world. She may have had a light start by acting in a romantic comedy but chose to play a difficult role in a psychological thriller. It says a lot about her confidence that she did so. She convincingly plays a woman with delusional personality disorder. Her role requires her to change from a boring housewife to a glamorous girl, and back to her normal self and she does it without any hiccups. which is clear. She’s off to a good start to her career and let’s see where her next journey takes her.
Darshan Kumar was reliable when they arrived and his tough police action reached the point. Madhavan has been rediscovering himself doing shady roles and he’s back in his character here as the husband with a lot of skeletons in his closet. He skimmed over the role with characteristic fanfare. Aparshakti plays a naive and gullible terrorist who is mentally unbalanced due to his experiences. He is known for his comedic roles but here it was shown that he can also excel in dramatic roles.
Dhokha: Round D Corner is a horror movie with a lot of solid details. Check it out if you have the yen for psychological thrillers.
Trailer: Dhokha: Round D Corner
Dhaval Roy, September 23, 2022, 3:28 a.m. IST
2.5 / 5
Dhokha: Round D Corner Story: A married couple is on the verge of divorce when a terrorist infiltrates their home and takes the wife hostage. While the woman suffers from paranoid personality disorder, her husband is accused of cheating on her. Both give different actual versions. So, which of them is lying?
Dhokha: Round D angle rating: The film cuts straight into the chase, and in the opening song it is discovered that Yatharth Sinha (R Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (Khushalii Kumar) are on the verge of separation. After a fight, when Yatharth goes to work, a Kashmiri terrorist on the run, Haq Gul (Aparkshakti Khurana), infiltrates their home and takes Sanchi hostage.
When Yatharth sees this on the news and rushes back to the apartment complex, he meets ACP Harishchandra Malik (Darshan Kumaar) and tells him that Sanchi is mentally ill and dangerous when she has an episode. Sanchi, on the other hand, tries to convince Haq that her husband is trying to prove her crazy when he has an affair with her psychiatrist.
The situation is similar with Haq Gul and ACP Malik, as they offer conflicting versions of the former being a terrorist and an alleged bomb blast. Throughout the film, the audience guesses who is telling the truth.
A suspenseful thriller based on situations and dialogue, and primarily filmed in one location, must engage you enough to sit with interested attention. Director Kookie Gulati’s outing leaves much to be desired on this front. The movie gets monotonous and repetitive quickly, though it picks up a bit faster in the second half as things get more confrontational. The major plot change may only annoy viewers unfamiliar with the genre; The change of events is quite predictable. The soundtracks, characters and plot are not developed enough to be convincing or impactful.
The above is especially true of Sanchi’s character, who suffers from paranoid personality disorder. The audience only had her husband and psychologist take care of it, and only one incident revealed her condition. There is a scene where Yatharth says that Sanchi can manipulate someone to get what she wants, and that is the weak point in her mind. Before you can appreciate the point, Malik asks if it’s a flaw or skill, and the two men chuckle. This and shows that Sanchi is someone who is manipulated or suffering because of her condition, to the detriment of people with mental illness, especially those with personality disorders that are rarely fully understood. .
That being said, upon debut, Khushalii performs the act of faltering as a delusional, charismatic and seductive housewife and fickle woman. Aparkshakti’s portrayal of Gul is impressive and easy to express whether the character is angry and disillusioned or confused and helpless. He does justice to the Kashmiri twang and looks. R Madhavan and Darshan Kumaar are very good, but this is not the best performance of the actor.
The only two songs – Tu Banke Hawa and Mahi Mera Dil – are the melody, and Mere Dil Gaye Ja (Zooby Zooby) plays when the credits catch the eye.
You can enjoy the movie for its performances, but if suspense is your sticking point, you may feel cheated.