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A very "Sudhir Mishra" film

Tera Kya Hoga Johnny is just not another heist movie, but being a Sudhir Mishra film who explores the psyches of the people while they are forced into extreme circumstances has been his signature. After exploring Mumbai in DharaviIs Raat Ki Subah Nahi and Chameli, director Sudhir Mishra takes audiences through the murky lanes of the western metropolis again in his dark thriller Tera Kya Hoga Johnny.

 

While showcasing the turmoil he has delved into the relationship of these characters along with the realities of the social changes. This time too in Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, Misha while narrating heist story takes you into the mind of the protagonist with whom you can empathize.

 

The first story is about Parvez (Neil), whose life is torn between his desperation to run away with the love of his life Divya (Shahana) and his desire to get rich quickly. Divya is married to corrupt encounter cop Chiple, played by Kay Kay. Parvez decides to steal Chiple's money and thus unfolds new thrills in the story.

 

Then there is the story of Priti (Soha) and Vishal (Karan). Soha is a small-time model who is dating Vishal, a cocaine addict, who is involved in the world of crime.

 

Intertwined into the lives of these characters are Chutta (Vijay Maurya), a drug dealer who aims to corporatise the trade along with eunuch Begam played by Saurabh Shukla.

 

In spite of loads of other characters and other destructions caused by other plots and some not so worthy Hitchcock-an cameo by the director and one by Anurag Kashyap as a henchman one still roots for Johnny (Sikandar Agarwal), a migrant kid worker who makes his living by serving tea. Neil Nitin Mukesh as Parvez, Sohan Ali Khan as Preeti, Kay Kay Menon as the corrupt police Chiple only adds to the fragmented societal structure.

 

In a way once again Mishra does a great job in exposing the vagaries of the city Mumbai. But while each of these characters in the film is described by Johnny as he sees them, the element of the heist film is belittled a bit. It’s not a gritty robbery movie but nonetheless Johnny and the narration of the film can keep the audience interested in the tale.

 

 

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