Abbas-Mustan established a new trend in filmmaking and set upon a new benchmark with their genre of what it is called the suspense-thriller. After giving blockbuster hits like 'Baazigar,' 'Race' and many such movies, they shifted their genre to comedy with 'Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karoon.' They again shifted their base to suspense and came out with the film 'Machine' starring Abbas Burmawalla's son Mustafa Burmawalla and Kiara Advani.
The film is a story of Ransh(Mustafa Burmawalla) and Sarah(Kiara Advani) who eventually fall in love with each other. Not to forget before their love story starts Kiara has a good number of fan following in the college which leads to proposals, blood-written love letters, exchanging of gifts and then murders. Ransh is that heartless boy who woo girls for the sole motive to steal their money and Sarah becomes the first victim of his mind game. After killing Sarah, he moves on to find his next hunt and is even successful in getting one and the story repeats.
This Abbas-Mustan thriller looks more of a comedy and does not justify its genre. Mustafa as the newbie has managed to grab attention, but his charm fails to save the film. Mustafa can be an exception as this is his debut film, but Kiara Advani completely fails to impress despite of the fact that this is her third film. She looks like one talking doll who is forced to talk and act. Eshan Shanker who is a debutant too, is quiet good but he really needs to brush up his acting skills. The only saviour to the film is Johnny Lever who does not enjoy a mere few minutes screen space, but leaves his mark like always with his quintessential comedy timing. Ronit Roy who is constantly playing a baddie turns out to be a bit disappointing while on the other hand Dalip Tahil plays the character which completely goes with his image. The only good thing we can say about the film is the locations where it is shot, though they can't save the film from ruining it.
The songs pop up in the middle when they are not needed. The only song which touches the soul is 'Itna Tumhe' by Yasser Desai and Shashaa Tirupati. Tanishk Bagchi have delivered the right music, but apart from this song somehow the other songs fail to leave their mark. The execution of screenplay is the only problem in this film. The story which could have been conveyed in a much better manner fails to impress.
Though Abbas-Mustan know the formula to success very well, this film is surely a disaster in their career of filmmaking.