Fails to thrill!
Thrillers are not Bollywood director's 'cup of tea' is a fact and every time a thriller comes along there is an excitement to see if this one is a game changer or not.
With a stellar cast like Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda on board the expectations are soaring high, especially because this film is from the makers of 'A Wednesday'.
The movie begins with two teenagers headed for a holiday on the lonely Casablanca estate which turns out to be a disaster as a girl named Pearl gets mysteriously killed in a jungle fire.
Pearl's dad, John Day (Naseeruddin Shah) and mother (Shernaz Patel) are coming to terms with the death until another tragedy strikes the family. John is a bank manager and his wife is held hostage by a few robbers and he is forced to help them in looting the bank.
However, during the robbery a very confidential 'Casablanca estate' file goes missing and now an ACP turned goon, Gautam (Randeep Hooda) is on a mission to track it. But the big question is, why is the file so important?
Gautam is an orphan and a childhood pedophile incident turns him into a ruthless person, he however loves his lady love Tabbassum (Elena Kazan).
Tabassum has a drinking problem and is Gautam's partner in crime, in all this craziness she has plans to get married and have kids.
'John Day' tries to reveal the nexus between the crime world and real estate investors and the extent to which they would go to acquire a land. However, director Ahishor Solmon is not able to portray the facts right and there is no connection. Even John Day's transition from a normal banker to a murderer is missing.
Few scenes in the movie are eerie like when Gautam chews Moosa's tongue and when John bites off a goon's neck.
Randeep Hooda does a fabulous job, however, the poor script lets him down and he seems to be lost in the middle of the movie.
Naseeruddin Shah is undoubtedly one of the finest actors but he is not able to emote the pain of a father or even the moments that make him inhuman are missing from the movie.
Elena Kazan's character is confusing as she is sloshed but still wants to raise kids.
Director Ahishor Solmon seeks inspiration from the Spanish movie 'Box 507' but fails. The movie has moments that make you go wow and then it leads you to a not so surprising place. Talented actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda are wasted.
'John Day' could have been a classic thriller, but yet the end is what makes the feeling 'incomplete'.