Missing On A Weekend – Film Review
Fascinating Title Leading To a Suspense Drama
Film : Missing On A Weekend
Producer : Rajesh Patange, sebastian Joseph, Abhishek Jawkar
Directed by : Abhishek Jawakar
Cast : Pawan Malhotra, Karan Hariharan , Mahsa Kooshesh, Dibyentu Bhattacharya
Genre : Suspense Thriller
Missing on a Weekend is indeed a very fascinating and interesting title and evokes an element of suspense and drama right from the word goes.
It was a very good opportunity to convert this idea into an engaging cinema, but somewhere along the line it becomes a two character film. Never the less a brave attempt on the part of the director to craft the film with all the rank new comers and a very thin plot line, yet manages to create an element of drama with doses of romance, passion, jealousy, resulting in friction amongst them and taking them on a journey of lust, vengeance, murder and leaving behind a trail of intrigue and suspense.
Ali Ansari (Pawan Malhotra ) a top CBI cop is deputed to take charge at Calangute Police Chowkey Goa , where he gets a new case where in finds one guy Laksh ( Karan Hariharan son of Music Maestro Hariharan who is making his debut with this film ) is lying unconscious on the Calangute beach. On investigation he gets to know that Laksh had come to Goa with his six friends out of which he finds in the resort the body of one friend and the rest are found missing. And here in begins the whole journey of trying to locate the missing gang, and Laksh happens to be the only survivor. But he is unable to help or cooperate due to loss of memory. This gets on the nerves of the officer Ansari who is at his wits end trying to uncover the mystery behind the whole saga. Cut out for time he has just 48 hours to solve the case, the time restriction you fail to understand. Now this causes sleepless night and disturbed mindset for Ansari.
Pawan Malhotra goes about executing his part with clinical finesse enacting all the moods mentioned above. His angst, concern and constant brooding façade reflect his mindset as he has a disturbed past which keeps on haunting him. But the real discovery seems to be Karan Hariharan who plays Laksh. He is able to underplay as well as manages to deliver some knockout punches with varying degrees of emotions and outbursts. He shows great promise and stands to gain if he maintains his selection of roles henceforth.
Rest of the gang are equally good and have their moments. Had the director developed their characters it would have become really interesting. Especially the role of one of the female leads Tanisha played by Mahsa Kooshesh who has great screen presence, should have been given more footage to add to the much needed glamour which lacks in the second half. Divyendu Bhattacharya as the drug lord does his bit and sounds convincing, but has nothing much to do.
A film without music per say but stands out nonetheless. Watching on a weekend is certainly not going to make you disappear that’s for sure.