For a suspense thriller to attract audience attention all one needs to do is buy a perfectly pitched suspense-filled thrilling script. A highly unconventional thriller film is becoming a rarity in Bollywood. However, Manish Gupta’s Rahasya weaves an interesting tale.
Inspired from Aarushi Talwar murder case the film happens to revolve around series of murders that are committed out of hatred. Set in Mumbai’s town area, the film depicts a tale of Mahajan family and how their only daughter is murdered in their own house. All the evidences are against Dr. Sachin Mahajan, deceased’s father. However, there are many twists in the tale which lead us to a fretted conclusion. Aarushi Talwar murder case is still stings like an unhealed wound in our minds. We could never believe that parents could murder their blood child! It was spine-chilling and dreadful event in the history of Indian crime records. Rahasya merely banks on it by recreating the incident in titbits.
Manish who debuted in Bollywood by directing one of the thrillers in Darna Zaroori Hai, later directed a blood-curdling films like The Stoneman Murders and Hostel. Manish, who was felicitated by the President of India for addressing sensitive issues, comes from the crop of directors who successfully cash on reality by its impeccable portrayal on 70mm. With starcast like Tisca Chopra, Ashish Vidyarthi and Kay Kay Menon, he continues to harp on the same in this film.
Speaking about the film, it may not keep you on edge of your seat, but it is certainly intriguing. Much like Kasyap’s Ugly, this film too shows how we all are gullible to human feeling and desires. While it is not mind-numbing, it is absolutely thrilling. The suspense in the film although commences immediately yet it is revoked with Menon’s entry. Menon is outrageously cool in the shoes of a disciplined, honest and sturdy cop.
The film is devoid of songs and is well-paced. It is peppered with clever humor and although single dimensional, it is interspersed with varied angles. It is gritty and outright thriller which does justice to the murder case. The film boasts of deft editing and is one decent film in the thriller lot of our times.
It is certainly a onetime watch.