‘Mirror Game’ movie review By G9 Divya Solgama
Psychological thrillers have been in our Hindi films right since the black and white days. We had films like ‘Raat Aur Din’, ‘Phir Wahi Raat’ and many such films where these topics were introduced to the audience. With the arrival of multiplex era, we found many filmmakers venturing into this dark and forbidden world of psychological thrillers and gave us films like ‘Ghajini’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Tasveer’, ‘Deewanagi’ ‘Aparichit’, ‘Kaun’, ‘Phobia’ and many more. Besides these films, there were few dramatic ones and a couple of great films. The latest to join this genre is ‘Mirror Game’ starring Parvin Dabas and Pooja Batra. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Mirror Game’ will manage to give us one more engaging psychological thriller or might end up delivering a self-indulging pseudo drama inspired from some international film.
‘Mirror Game’ is a story of a professor Jay Verma (Pravin Dabas), who is struggling through his rough marriage with his wife Tanya Verma (Shanti Akkineri). Jay is approached by Ronnie Bhanot (Dhruv Bali) to mentor him for his thesis related to psychological disorder. Jay agrees to help Ronnie, but puts up a condition to kill Tanya. Ronnie agrees and does everything what Jay had asked him to do. But, the game turns against Jay as the investigating officer, Detective Shenoy (Sneha Ramachander) and a psychiatrist Dr. Roy (Pooja Batra) feels that Jay is suffering some mental illness and Ronnie is just the fragmentation of his mind. Jay is confused between the real and the illusional world. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story is interesting as well as engaging. The first half takes a lot of time to come on the right track. The treatment is super slow and lethargic at times. The thin line script has been highly stretched and unwanted scenes have been added at regular interval. Though, the mild twist at the time of the crime is interesting and involving. The middle portions are engaging when Pravin is in dilemma. The finale track is good and has some decent twist and turns. Sadly, all these positive points get diluted due to the snail pace treatment of the film. The minimal happenings and forced confusion ruins the impact of the film. The main reason of the movie is not properly justified. The scenes are long and boring at times. The moment you get engrossed in the film, the weak screenplay ruins it all and keeps you dissociated with the film. The cinematography is good and presents the film in total international manner.
The background music is average.
Director V.Sharma tried to create a good suspense drama with psychological angle attached to it. Many directors love to treat such subjects with slow pace narration and V. Sharma also follows the same. Sadly, the impact which should be there along with these slow narration is highly missing in the film. If only the pace was well maintained and the screenplay had been bit tight, the impact would had been much better. Till the time the mystery gets unveiled, the intensity gets diluted due to its treatment.
It’s good to see Parvin Dabas back on the big screen. He is one natural actor whose potential has been not rightly utilized. Parvin does his part with total grace, but ends up being a victim of half-baked character. Dhruv Bali overacts. Pooja Batra is barely seen in a couple of scenes. She looks good, wished she had a better and a meatier role. Omi Vaidya and Sneha Ramachander lend good support. Mandi Sindhu and Shanti Akkineni were fine in their parts.
So on an overall basis, ‘Mirror Game’ is a technique for improvisational theater. Sadly, out here, despite of an interesting story line ends up being a slow improvisation act.
Rating – 2/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]