Director Bugs Bhargav Krishna makes a film on the lesser travelled road of split personality and gives you an interesting film
Not many films in Bollywood have been made on split personality. This is why Nail Polish excels. Keeping you intrigued for the most part of it, the film justifies the theme. Of course some pertinent problems in the content makes it lacking in its overall appeal. You are left a little unsatisfied, and that is not exactly fine.
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Veer Singh (Manav Kaul), a decorated ex-army officer is arrested for the brutal murder of migrant children. Celebrated lawyer Sid Jaisingh (Arjun Rampal) is roped in to fight his case, which gets complicated due to Veer’s dissociative identity disorder.
Written by Krishna himself, the film boasts of an interesting premise. For a thriller and a courtroom drama, the idea is fantastic. Gripping and confusing, the film’s beauty is in the idea of split personality and how it is the mind who does the crime and not the body and how will you punish the body if the mind is no longer at your service. However, the screenplay gets loose on the way making you question a lot of hings, answers to which are not obtained.
The narrative with a non-linear narrative attempts to delve deep into the psyche of people suffering from DID and tries to bring out in open the complexity. So far so good. Things begin to fall apart when for one, the pace of the film remains constantly slow. You like this in the beginning, but not so much after a point. Also, while you do like the end of the film that leaves you in amazement, the predictability is one of the biggest letdown factors here. Only because the role is essayed by Manav Kaul, you know something is in store, and his popularity doesn’t work entirely in his factor, even though he acts phenomenally well. The makers should have cast someone with no on-screen personality.
The note at which the film ends is very unconventional for a film. So here, you are strikingly impressed. By now, you are confused for a major bit. Good thing. But didn’t you see it coming? Also, when this end comes, you are not shocked or surprised by the extremity of the character. The stakes aren’t too high. The actual reason and motive for the crimes also doesn’t come out quite clearly. These are some reasons why you are left a little dissatisfied with how the things schemed out towards the end.
The parallel track of the judge (played by master Rajit Kapur) starring Madhoo doesn’t hold much value for the narrative and its essence. Similarly Arjun Rampal and Anand Tiwari’s family lives are also shown, but to no avail. What works for the favor is the issue of split personalty and its substantial portrayal, making the film revolve around the same point for the major chunk.
The film talks about migrant children (with a very soulful opening song). But why? It could be anyone. It doesn’t justify.
Arjun Rampal suits the role beautifully. Right from his first scene to his court appearances, his body language is perfect. He delivers rightly on the notes. His is a role that acts as a catalyst to the film’s several connecting points. He is very good.
Manav Kaul, one of the finest actors that we have today strikes gold. He is so wonderful that you can’t take your eyes off him. He plays a dual personality, one of whom is a woman and shines equally well in both. He makes the viewing experience worthwhile.
Anand Tiwari also makes sure you remember him for this role. He shows he is not only a comedian. He plays a middle aged lawyer, nervous and anxious, but confident when it is needed. He has so many shades to live up to. He never disappoints.
Rajit Kapur is underutilized. He is a powerhouse of talent, but the roles doesn’t give him much scope to bring to forth the actor in him. It is a delight to see Madhoo on screen. She looks pretty and acts well. But her role isn’t very well written.
Samreen Kaur is fine, could be better though. She looks beautiful and elegant though.
Songs by Ronit Chaterji is good and gives you the needed flavor. The opening one is very beautiful. Background score by Sanjay Wandrekar isn’t something to mention in great detail about. It is not bad. But not very good. It could be used intelligently to lift some scenes up.
Cinematography by Deep Metkar is good, especially in the long takes towards the climax. Camera blocking has been done very nicely. Otherwise it is okay. Production design by Anup Adhikary gives a real feel especially in the court scenes. The downplaying of drama in the court scenes is also what makes the film look believable. Nicely done.
Editing by Tinni Mitra is satisfactory as it keeps you invested. There are some dull moments which could be avoided. Otherwise the feel of thriller is by and large achieved. The problem arises because of writing and not majorly because of editing.
It is a good film. Not bad at all. Some things needed to be sharper. Some answers needed to be given. Otherwise, it makes for a good one time watch.