‘MRS. SERIAL KILLER’ WILL KILL YOU OF BOREDOM

Rating: 2/5
If Shirish Kunder has to make films like these, he better looks for alternate career options

One more case where despite the trailer seeming to be sufficiently promising, the film lets its makers down. Mrs. Serial Killer is an attempt to give you a thrilling story of crime, murders, police investigations, mind games, plans and plots, twists and turns. But sadly, it’s only an attempt. Had it not been for Manoj Bajpayee, you wouldn’t have been able to tolerate the film for its runtime.

Watch the trailer here:

PLOT

After a gynaecologist Dr. Mrityunjoy Mukherjee (Manoj Bajpayee) gets arrested for alleged serial killings in the city, his wife Sona (Jacqueline Fernandez) has to commit a murder following the same modus operandi to be able to prove that her husband is actually innocent.

STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

The film is written by Kunder himself. It must be said that the idea is very impressive. Infact, the moment you’ll read the logline of the film on Netflix page, you would instantly want to watch it. It’s a new for a Bollywood film. And that’s what makes it promising.

But all the promises go down the drain, because of how the idea is developed into a script. It’s a shabby script, to say the least, even if you wouldn’t want to sound rude. There are many loopholes, covering of which comes abruptly and too quick.

Remember Salman-Preity-Akshay starrer Jaanemann? It was Kunder’s first directorial venture. The methodology then seemed to work because it was fresh. And that was a romantic film. He has used almost the same techniques here in a thriller movie, hoping to evoke emotions in audience. It’s stupid of him to even have thought of that.

Mrs. Serial Killer, Netflix, hindi, film, review, 2020
Shots from the film (image source: koimoi.com)

A film of such nature has to be unpredictable and suspenseful. But here, you predict what’s going to happen. And when it does happen, you keep watching it with no emotion waiting for it to end.

The scenes lack conviction, coming straight out of an amateur school production. There is hardly anything that keeps you invested. Also, the elements incorporated to tell the story are naive and funny (not in a comic, but annoying manner).

The action is loud and illogical and far from being practical, especially since it involves pregnant women. Everything happens because the director wants it in a certain manner, and you are asked to just believe.

PERFORMANCE

Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead role is plastic and artificial. The film relies on her big time. This was a chance for her to shut the world up who calls her a doll, capable of nothing. Sadly, she proves them all right. She cries, you don’t feel the pain. She gets happy, you feel it’s forced. She’s scared, you sit with a plain face.

Mohit Raina doesn’t have the scope to do much. Whatever he does, is just okay. However, he could have done better.

Manoj Bajpayee is a true genius. Even in a film with a paper thin plot, he wins you over. He rules the scenes he is in. Saying a lot through his eyes, he also uses his body to his advantage. It’s a delight to watch him and he is the only reason why you tolerate this.

Zayn Marie Khan in a special role is good, for her first film. She does fine, whatever is expected of her.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

Music score by Kunder is too dramatic, far from evoking any emotion whatsoever. Infact, you remove the track and the film will still be the same.

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A scene from the film (image source: netflix)

Cinematography by Ravi K Chandran and Kiran Deohans is nowhere close to being called suitable for a film of this genre. The lighting is too tacky. Production designer Shashank Tere is to be blamed equally. Unnecessary use of shades of yellow, green, violet, purple, red, and pink is seen. The film in majority of its scenes appears to be some fantasy tale with wizards involved.

Can anything be said about Kunder’s editing? He didn’t give himself enough substance to play with. And that’s unfortunate.

This is the same director who made Joker with Akshay Kumar. Hoping that you remember how that film was (if you don’t, that’s better), this one here is no better. Years have passed. But he hasn’t matured, it seems. He is still the same person with the same set of ideas, hoping that they would click with audience. He is mistaken.

P.S. One mark in rating is only for Bajpayee.

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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