The Body Movie Review: A Badly written thriller which (No)Body asked for.Modified On: 13 December 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
A Thriller movie excites you when it has the right no. of twists and thrills but in this movie all fall flat.
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Rishi Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala
Directed By: Jeethu Joseph
When businesswoman Maya Varma's (Sobhita Dhulipala) body goes missing from the morgue under mysterious circumstances, SP Jairaj Rawal (Rishi Kapoor) takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the truth. And, once he questions her husband Ajay Puri (Emraan Hashmi), it becomes evident that he is more than just a bereaved widower.
Jeethu Joseph, who helmed the original Drishyam (Malayalam), takes charge of the Hindi remake of the 2012 Spanish language film El Cuerpo. Staying largely true to Oriol Paulo’s original script, The Body is a mystery about a missing corpse.
There’s enough meat in the story for it to have been an engaging thriller. But it’s been a while since I watched such an inept film. Everything in it is flat: the plot, the performers, the alleged twists. And that must have taken some doing, given that the filmmakers had a ready-made plot to dip into.
Sobhita Dhulipala’s Maya is all svelte and twisty and is to be seen holding a glass of red wine very often. Newcomer Vedhika gets to act weepy.
Rishi Kapoor, as the stubble-sporting cop with a devil-may-care attitude, is quite convincing as a character with a troubled past trying to get to the bottom of this distorted love story. Emraan Hashmi, as a romantic partner with questionable morals, exudes charm in parts and evokes pity (as and when needed). Sobhita Dhulipala, as a rich-yet-lonely millionaire, with a twisted psyche exhibiting cold-hearted behavior, is not so convincing in the sense that she ends up being too good to be bad. Debutante Vedhika Kumar, as the naive and gullible partner in crime, has a good screen presence but feels like a misfit, especially in the second half.
The film had lot of potential to be a gripping thriller but it fails miserably due to its sloppy direction and set up. This movie can be easily missed without any regret.
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