Rahasya movie review: It has only a couple of dark moments

Its is an attempted mish-mash of a crime-of-coiled-passion- cum-police procedural, the confusion only serving to confound.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: January 31, 2015 10:10:26 am

Rahasya, Rahasya movie review, Rasahya review, tisca chopra, kay kay menon Rahasya movie review: The story may have been deliberately muddled because the case is still on. But the result is a film that has only a couple of dark moments.

Rahasya movie review: It has only a couple of dark moments
Star cast: Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Kay Kay Menon, Mita Vashisht, Ashwini Kalsekar, Kunal Sharma, Sakshi Sem
Director : Manish Gupta

Yes, it does look as if ‘Rahasya’ is ‘inspired’ by the Arushi Talwar case. At least when it starts. But soon enough, the plot takes you away from the murder-of-the-teenage-girl-in-her-bedroom which grabbed the nation’s headlines, and refused to go away. It then becomes an Agatha Christie-like whodunit, focusing almost completely on a walnut-chewing, I-am-so-brainy sleuth and his escapades.

The story may have been deliberately muddled because the case is still on. But the result is a film that has only a couple of dark moments. The rest is an attempted mish-mash of a crime-of-coiled-passion- cum-police procedural, the confusion only serving to confound.

A doctor couple (Ashish Vidyarthi and Chopra) discover their only daughter (Sakshi Sem) murdered, her throat slashed, and a blood-stained shirt in the garbage. The needle of suspicion points to the father, and then moves to take in others : a couple which lives across the devastated parents who claim they are close friends ; the girl’s boyfriend who has since vanished ; the male house help who has also disappeared ; the old-time housekeeper (Ashwini Kalsekar) who may have a twisted motive or two, of her own.

Once the CBI inspector (Kay Kay Menon) shows up, he takes over the film. He races about, chasing suspects, interrogating them : all in all having a busy time of it. The dead girl slips off, the suspense slides, and what shows up is an inability to do a taut edge-of-the-seat murder mystery that ‘Rahasya’ set out to be.

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