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Seeing Vishal Furia’s Forensics, I had to find the meaning of thriller. If you look up what it means online, two definitions come up, “a novel, drama, or film with an exciting plot, usually involving a crime or detective”, and “a very exciting encounter or experience.”
Actor: Vikrant Massey, Radhika Apte, Prachi Desai
Director: Vishal Furia
Rating: 0.5 stars
Seeing Vishal Furia’s Forensic, I had to find the meaning of thriller. If you look up its meanings online, two definitions come up, “a novel, drama, or film with an exciting plot, usually involving a crime or detective”, and the other “a very exciting encounter or experience.” These two have the same word “exciting”. Then it would not be wrong to say that the thriller should be rooted in the story or it should create some kind of excitement. But it is only a matter of words. The idea here is that the story of such a film should be simple, its intent believable and it should be restrained, so that the thrill that arises is fun, immersing the viewer in the film and most importantly natural. But the makers of Forensics only focused on the genre on the surface and produced a creation that looks as incredible as any five-year-old can dream of.
Yet it may seem wrong to blame Furia’s film as it is not the original story. Forensic is the retelling story of the Malayalam film of the same name. The directors of the original film were Akhil Paul and Anas Khan. This 2020 Malayalam film is a psychological thriller, which was a commercial success at a time when theaters were shutting down. There can be many reasons for this but the main reason was to present the story of the film cleverly. However, it also had a story that was not easily digested, yet Original Forensics was a thriller film that served its purpose.
In the Hindi adaptation of this film, Furia not only tries to replicate the basic premise of the film, but is also seen trying to outdo the original makers. The result is a seemingly unbelievably impossible film that doesn’t end until the viewer is upset and says, “No, that can’t be tolerated.” Like the 2020 film, Forensics revolves around a web of murders and mystery of young girls. It begins when a young girl is brutally murdered in a dumpyard. Then police officer Megha Sharma (Radhika Apte) comes to solve the case. Johnny Khanna (Vikrant Massey), a forensic expert, comes to his aid. Unlike the original film, where Samuel John Kattukaran (Tovino Thomas) was the brother of Ritika Xavier’s (Mamata Mohandas) estranged husband, Megha and Johnny are an old couple in this film. Years ago, their paths parted over a child. This girl currently lives with Megha and she is hurt by an accident.
Forensics being shown on ZEE5
For the success of any thriller, the story should be such that there is an eagerness to know the secret. In forensics (written by Adhir Bhat, Ajit Jagtap and Vishal Kapoor) this does not appear to be the case. Its plot is as weak as it is irrelevant. The plot of Furia’s film is Mussoorie, but as the story progresses it does not get reflected in the main story. One remembers Vinay Vaiku’s Aranyak, where the plot was set up effectively. In comparison, forensics is shot so unimaginably that it could have been shot anywhere. The only thing I came to know about the hill station at the end of this two-hour film is that the people there like to host birthday parties.
For some reason, the makers of this film try to present the story with one false lead after another, until the screenplay suggests that there is no end to these stories. But the revelation is fanciful and laughable. Questions arise in my mind: What are Vikrant Massey and Radhika Apte doing in this B-grade film touted as a thriller? I don’t have answer. I don’t even know why ‘Johnny Johny Yes Papa’, a really good feeling nursery rhyme, was fitted as cheesy jokes in the film. But forensics of course ends with this answer: Our intelligence is the punchline in the minds of creators. Film Forensics is being shown on ZEE5. Click here to read the news in English Click do it. (The author is a senior journalist, the views expressed in the article are the personal of the author.)