October 2, 2022

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Dhokha: Round D Corner Movie Review

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Yatharth Sinha (R Madhavan) and Sanchi Sinha (Khushalii Kumar) are a couple who were happy once but are now continuously fighting. At a time when Yatharth is away, a terrorist who’s one the run, Haq Gul (Aparkshakti Khurana), barges into their posh Mumbai home and takes Sanchi hostage. Hot on his pursuit is the dedicated cop, ACP Harishchandra Malik (Darshan Kumaar) who’d do his utmost to get the criminal back. But all is not what it seems. Sanchi apparently suffers from severe mental trauma and has a multiple personality disorder. The terrorist might have a gun but that doesn’t make him immune to her charms. And the husband too seems to have secrets of his own. Now, the situation has become a waiting game, a four-way Mexican stand-off between the hostage, the terrorist, the cop and the husband.

Dhokha: Round D Corner is full of twists which get revealed at regular intervals. The film is told through a multiple-narrative format. Each main character tells the story with embellishments attached. Soon, there are different versions of truth floating around and you don’t know which narrative to believe in. You come to know that every character is following their own agenda. Even the climax doesn’t completely make the picture crystal clear but keeps a few strands hanging. It’s a film where nothing is completely black or white. We come across shades of grey. No one is totally a sinner and no one is totally innocent either. It’s an interesting premise to be sure. Director Kookie Gulati has utilised noir elements. Noir films told us that human beings are quite capable of duplicity and their true nature reveals itself when they get a chance to harm one another. That’s been brought out in the present film as well. While the writing and direction is otherwise competent, the second half does drag out a bit. The end credits scenes featuring Aparshakti weren’t truly needed. 

The film is the stepping stone of Khushalii Kumar into the world of acting. She could have had a soft launch by acting in a romantic comedy but chose to essay 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 bored housewife to a seductress, and back to being her normal self and she does it without any apparent glitches. She’s made a good start to her career and let’s see where her journey takes her next. 

Darshan Kumar is as reliable as they come and his tough cop act is upto the mark. Madhavan has been rediscovering himself doing grey-shaded roles and he’s in his element here once more as the husband with lots of skeletons in his closet. He glides through the role with characteristic panache. Aparshakti plays a naive and gullible terrorist who loses mental equilibrum thanks to the experiences he undergoes. He’s known for his comedic roles but has shown here that he could excel in dramatic roles as well. 

Dhokha: Round D Corner is a thriller with plenty of twists for sure. Watch it if you have a yen for psychological thrillers. 

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