Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Dhuandhaar Movie Review : It keeps you hooked till the last minute
REVIEW: Dhuandhaar, directed by Rehan Chaudhary, will take you by surprise. It is not often that thrillers are attempted in the Gujarati film industry and it’s pleasing to see a deviation from the usual romcoms that the industry has been churning out. The movie, starring superstars Malhar Thakar and Hiten Kumar, does an amazing job and keeps you hooked till the last minute. The film does get slightly slow post interval but it delivers an absolute punch in the gut at the climax.
It’s refreshing to see Malhar break free from his image of a bubbly boy-next-door and he is quite convincing as both the boxing champ Aarav and his alter ego. It’s a delight to watch Hiten Kumar as a humorous cop and you would want to see more of him on screen. His dialogues like ‘Shakira ben a sachuj kidhu che, Hips don’t lie,’ while thrashing a drug peddler in the jail will keep you entertained. When you see the late Ashish Kakkad (as Aarav’s father) on the screen, it will make your eyes moist knowing this was his last film. The bonding between Aarav and his father could have been explored better with a few more scenes and dialogues together.
Dimple Biscuitwala as S.I.R. (aka Saraswati) has really honed her acting skills and it is hard to believe that this is only her second film outing. Netri Trivedi as Geet, the bold, strong woman, definitely merited more screen time. Alisha Prajapati as Nandini will make you sympathize with her. Every time you see her, you feel sorry for her, and that is the strength of a good actor.
The film lacks in its screenplay. It could have been more layered and all the characters deserved a few more dimensions. The cinematography is commendable and the cinematographer has put in a lot of efforts to give the viewer a good experience. The climax takes you by absolute surprise, which is what you expect from a good thriller. The music of the film is very refreshing and it’s a must watch if you enjoy thrillers.