Vodka Diaries Review & Rating
Vodka Diaries is a crime thriller starring Kay Kay Menon, Mandira Bedi and Raima Sen in the lead roles and marks the directorial debut of ad maker Kushal Srivastava. The film tells the story of a series of mysterious murders that take place at a bar called Vodka Diaries in Manali and ACP Ashwini Dixit (Kay Kay Menon) has taken up the job of solving these murders. Things go bad when his own wife goes missing in the same place and he has to look for her now. It is also a psychological thriller based around Kay Kay Menon’s character as the audience goes through the mental breakdown of a policeman who has been through a lot in his life and is still forced into rough conditions.
The film is basically a story within a story where the audience has to switch between the murder plotline and the plotline where the cop has to look for his wife. The locations of the film are minimal and most of it has been shot on location without the use of sets. The film keeps building up and making the audience anxious to find out what’s the secret behind all the murders but the film has a raw look to it and needed a bit more of finishing.
Kay Kay Menon is the star of the movie and is seen from the first frame to the last. Despite seeming a little uncomfortable and coming off as an over the top character in the beginning, Kay Kay gets a grip on his performance as the story moves forward and is amazing even in the awkward romantic scenes with Mandira Bedi. Mandira gives a great performance but doesn’t have enough screen time to make the most of it. Raima Sen’s role can be considered as an extended cameo with not many lines of dialogue. If there is an actor in the film that matches Kay Kay’s performance, it is Shabir Hashmi who was last seen in Phullu, who plays the role of Kay Kay Menon’s sidekick in this film.
Kushal Srivastava makes a promising debut as a director and manages to build up the suspense and the sense of intrigue in the audience through most of the film, but loses control towards the final act. Special credit must be given to cinematographer Maneesh Chandra Bhatt who has done a tremendous job with his camera. The background music of the film does not fit the film at all and just comes off as loud and unneeded.
Verdict: The film is only for the people who enjoy great visuals, for others, this film can be missed.
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What is it about?
Vodka Diaries is a crime thriller directed by Kushal Srivastava who is making his directorial debut with this film. It stars Kay Kay Menon, Mandira Bedi, Raima Sen and Herry Tangiri in pivotal roles and is the story of an assistant commissioner of police named Ashwini Dixit (Kay Kay Menon) who is trying to solve a string of mysterious murders that take place at a local club in Manali called Vodka Diaries. Things take a bad turn when his own wife goes missing and he receives a phone call from a stranger who says they will release his wife once he solves all the murders.
What to expect?
- Thrilling Cinematic Experience
The film is one of the first thrillers to hit the big screen in 2018 and the trailer of the film had a lot of viewers intrigued by the plot of the film. This is one of the most experimental films that was shot in just 20 days on location in Manali and is expected to receive high critical acclaim because of its news and thrilling style.
- Great Performances
The lead cast of the film is full of great performers like Kay Kay Menon who has proven his potential as an actor with films like Gulaal, Haider and Shaurya and he plays the role of an intense cop in this film. The film also stars Mandira Bedi, who is appearing in a film after a long time and Raima Sen, who has worked in a good amount of Bengali as well as Hindi films.
- Exceptional Cinematography
As soon as the teaser of the film was released, everyone was pleasantly surprised with the cinematography of the film and the way scenes transition between one another. One scene in the teaser particularly stands out where Kay Kay Menon is dreaming and falls on the bed when he wakes up. The trailer is only a glimpse of the talent that will be seen in the whole film.