Movie Review: The Body
Producer- Sunir Kheterpal
Director- Jeetu Joseph
Star Cast- Rishi Kapoor, Emraan Hashmi, Vedhika Kumar, Shobhita Dhulipalia, Arif Zakaria and Anupam Bhattacharya
Genre- Murder Mystery
The Body, based on a 2012 Spanish film of the same name, starts with a missing body. When hotshot businesswoman Maya Varma’s (Sobhita Dhulipala) body goes missing from the morgue under mysterious circumstances, SP Jairaj Rawal (Rishi Kapoor) takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the truth. And, once he questions her husband Ajay Puri (Emraan Hashmi), it becomes evident that there is more mystery lurking behind and he is more than just a bereaved widower.
Maya is not only rich but also smart, successful and gorgeous. And, for someone who works as a professor with a meagre income, Ajay who wooes Maya strikes gold when the duo decides to tie the knot. But,soon when the entrepreneur ends up dead and her body goes missing from the morgue, the truth behind their marriage and everything around it starts to unfold, one by one.
The story of ‘The Body’ does not bring anything new to the table as far as the thriller genre is concerned as one has seen plots with similarity unfolding earlier too. Also, since it is confined within the walls of a mortuary and spans over a period of eight hours, the so called murder mystery tends to lose its grip over the audience early on and the film fails to keep you on the edge, and ends up being yet another run-of-the-mill, half-baked attempt at concocting a story revolving around love, death, ghost , lust, revenge and betrayal.
Rishi Kapoor, as the stubble-sporting cop with a devil-may-care attitude, steals the show with his uncanny ability to perform and also dialogue delivery with accent on humor and succeeds in playing a character with a troubled past trying to get to the bottom of this distorted love story. Emraan Hashmi exudes charm in parts and evokes pity but it plays a role which has been done to death. Sobhita Dhulipala, oozes sex, with a twisted cold-hearted behavior, fails to convince. Debutante Vedhika Kumar, as the naive and gullible partner in crime, has a good screen presence but feels like a misfit, especially in the second half, when the director tries to unfold the revenge angle and the plot fails to grip you.
On the whole, the film fails to sustain your interest and goes haywire half way through when the plot starts plodding and meandering and goes bust to the core
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