Director Naman Nitin Mukesh creates a lagging film that’s far from thrilling you even remotely
There are hardly any scenes in Bypass Road where you are glued to the narrative. For a thrilling piece, that’s the bare minimum you ask. You detest almost everything that is thrown at you with only one question all throughout- why on earth is this even happening? Even the cinematic breathers that the makers give you are uncalled for along with cringey and caricaturish imagery used to depict a particular elements.
A big designer in the fashion industry Vikram Kapoor (Neil Nitin Mukesh) meets with an accident on night while paranoid in his car. In the same night, the model of his company Sarah (Shama Sikander) commits suicide. Police investigates the connection.
Marking Neil’s debut as a writer, the films offers little (read: simply nothing) in terms of substance. The story is one liner made to look as if containing so much. Of course one liners have transformed into amazing visual pieces in the past. But this one ain’t that.
The plot is basic. The plot is primitive. The story starts to stretch just 5 mins into the film. Literally. There are so many characters but none of them seem to contribute in the bigger picture. The police on the other hand is made mere onlookers and while they claim to investigate the murder, they are actually doing nothing.
The saddest or the funniest part- in a thriller, there is no twist at all until the climax in last 5mins of the film. But by the time it happens, you are so painfully bored that you just can’t marvel it. As if it was something extraordinary. Even the cimax is a little predictable.
There is an element in the film which reveals the last big face- the killer. And how does that get revealed? Through a CCTV camera installed right outside the bungalow. Seems so outrageously funny that it was the last thing to have been checked by police. The film is overloaded with a lot of such moments where you feel you have been watching a film for no rhyme or reason. The story is only about an investigation. A simple one. But Neil has made it look so convoluted in an attempt to up the game that it seems funny. His thought actually, that asks you to believe what is tossed at you.
Neil Nitin Mukesh gives a convincing act. You’ve seen him in similar avatars. Hence nothing fresh.
Rajit Kapur is capable of so much more. He suffers due to under development of his tones. He acts fine. Gul Panag, a fine actress seems so much weak here. She can actually look fake and this film is a testimony to it.
Adah Sharma does a good job. In first half she boasts of having a genuine supportive feel to her. But by the end of the film, may be Neil forgot to give her any graph whatsoever. Kudos to her though for managing in this wafer thin sketch. Shama Sikander in a small role is believable and persuasive.
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Sudhanshu Pandey and Taher Shabbir have done reasonable jobs. Mukesh Bhaatt is very good in his boundaries. Manish Chaudhary is artificial a lot of times, which is very unlikely of an actor of his stature. Don’t know how it happened.
Music is okayish. Nothing great. In fact the songs aren’t even needed. Even the background score doesn’t keep you connected. You are always at a great distance from the mood of the film.
Fasahat Khan’s camera could be so much better. In terms of creating a thrilling aura, the camera hardly does anything. Jayashree Narayanan’s production design too lacks big time. Only the house where the major part of the film is shot looks well placed. All the other locations are very much for convenience degrading the look of the drama.
Editing by Bunty Nagi and Vinay Pal is childishly amateur. The cuts are abrupt wherein they have tried to make a transition between two scenes. But they never work.
You wish Neil never even writes a line after this. He’s a good actor. Agreed. But this one is a different territory altogether. Hoping he gets some sense and looks for more substantial scripts in future, for acting.