EVEN WITH A NOBLE THOUGHT, ‘HACKED’ FAILS TO IMPRESS

Rating: 2.5/5
The film by Vikram Bhatt is a shack of failed attempt with a powerful message

Setting aside the regular plots of supernatural horror, Vikram Bhatt’s Hacked tries to bring out the threats of the digital world we live in today. It showcases how digitization surrounds our lives in all aspects and tries to tackle the problem of digital evils but it barely stands at providing an effective solution to such cyber crimes.

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Director Vikram Bhatt and Hina Khan on sets (image source: indianexpress.com)
PLOT

The story revolves around the central character’s rich and luxurious life, her misdoings, and people around her especially the psyche element of her life whom she befriends once she realizes his crooked reality.

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STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

Written by Vikram Bhatt and Saiyf Jilani, the film gives you a reality check of the new era we live in. It is not only a take on the cyber crime, but also showcases how each one of us hides secrets and agonies within ourselves, which we fear encountering with people around.

There are times when you appreciate the theme of the film but soon get fed-up of the stretched drama and unending negativity.

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Scenes from the film (image source: india.com)

The character developments are not up to the mark and sometimes people in the frame confuse you, like you are compelled to think from where and how did this person turn up in the frame? And how does he/she add up or relate to the plot?

In general, the life style and the living standards of the characters don’t match with what they tell about themselves, for instance  Mohit Malhotra has been said to be a Music Director, who hasn’t got a chance to showcase his talent and he is unhappy with the number of failed attempts he has made in his career but still he manages to stay in the same posh apartments where Hina Khan, a highly paid editor of a renowned magazine, stays.

The other important unrealistic aspect showcases, Rohan Shah as a rich 19 year old kid staying with his grand mom in a apartment in front of that of Hina’s. He is at his studying age, college going, who spends a huge amount on renting a storage space for his illegal activities of spying over Hina in his obsession for her and even equips the place with a lot of high-tech computers, tablets and other gadgets.

PERFORMANCE

Hina Khan is the central charter around whom the story revolves and she successfully becomes a promising actor in her Bollywood debut. She looks way more gorgeous than her daily soap looks. The time when she runs around unstoppable saying, “No where to hide” , is the only time actually fear; grabs you with slow realizations that how we are surrounded by cameras all around. She is shown high on her values but very sensitive in nature, so she tends to fall prey to mishaps by her own doings.

Rohan Shah does justice to his psychopath characterizations. He is very expressive as his character’s true colors keep on revealing, so does he changes his tone, expressions and dialogue deliveries. He is loved for his acting but there are rare traces of realist approach towards his character. Not only the film, the antagonist character of his, is also shown larger than life.

Mohit Malhotra has been shown as a very sweet, simple, and caring friend. He doesn’t have much to do in the first half but with the plot moving ahead, the second half gives him considerable amount of screen time. His performance is as normal and flat as his character. His character isn’t well developed since the onset of the film and doesn’t even rise.

Sid Makkar doesn’t have much role to play whereas his name is a hype in the plot at least for the first half. His acting seems very monotonous with the similar facial expressions in each and every situation.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

The songs are just okay. So is the score. There are times when you do feel the thrill. But that’s not how the feel of the film is.

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Prakash Kutty’s cinematography is decent. In fact the visual appeal of the film is convincing for the plot to seem tolerable. The set designing is appreciable, from the luxurious apartments of all the characters, the magazine office, to the storage space from where Rohan spies at Hina, all the sites are well developed and equipped.

Kuldip Mehan’s editing could be so much better. In a film like this, editing needed to be crisper.

To summarize, the film tries to reach the youth with a core message, “Know what you share online” , because your life is too traceable with your activity on the internet.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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