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Rishika Gandhi (Deepal Shaw), a docile, middle class girl from an orphanage, is a sort of prodigy in the field of computer software. She works with an IT company in Mumbai. Circumstances cause her to resign from her job. At the same time, her personal life is also in complete turmoil when her boyfriend's family accuses her of using their son for her own financial security. Humiliated and heart-broken, Rishika decides to leave India and takes up an offer from a Bangkok-based software company. In Bangkok, Rishika gradually realizes that she is caught in a network of internet criminals and is being used as a hacker. Her passport is retained by the company, so she can't really escape. She is given a false identity, which is that of a criminal and she has nothing to fall back on and no one on her side to prove that she is not a criminal but in fact is Rishika Gandhi, a mere computer software developer. Deepal Shaw pretty much gets into her character. She's awkward in a few sequences initially, but gets it right subsequently. Akshay Singh does quite well, although his role isn't well developed. Kranti Prakash Jha is a refreshing revelation. The actor surprises you with a wonderful performance. Chetan Pandit is convincing. Nirmal Pandey and Alok Nath are somewhat wasted. Abhijeet Lahiri is effective and Pankaj Berry is just about alright. Director Sachin P. Karande has a good story and interesting ideas but is let down by his writers. In fact, the first half of VIKALP has several captivating moments which are deftly executed, but the manner in which the screenplay unravels in the post-interval part of the movie is truly disappointing. A captivating idea is used in a clumsy and haphazard fashion, and that's where the fault lies. Another reason that goes against the film is its sloppy execution. While the exteriors have been shot in Bangkok, the interiors have been filmed at tacky locations. However, Dev Sikdar and Vijay Narayan have provided a relatively decent soundtrack. In conclusion, VIKALP is an interesting & captivating idea, improperly executed. Not highly recommended, but go see it, if you have free time on your hands & nothing better to do.
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