‘’Barely Intoxicating…’

’ movie review by ‘Divya Solgama’

Expectations:
Nargis starrer ‘Raat Aur Din’ was among the initial Hindi films which mildly dealt with the theme of physiological thrillers. There were few more attempts until the 90s era where we witnessed a different style under this genre in the form of films like ‘Kaun’, ‘Pyar Tune Kya Kiya’ and few more. With changing times, the genre managed to enhance its horizons and Kay Kay Menon starrer ‘Vodka Diaries’ seems to be the latest addition in it. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Vodka Diaries’ will manage to deliver something unseen or might end up being among the long list of inspired films.

Story:
‘Vodka Diaries’ is a story of ACP Ashwini Dixit (Kay Kay Menon), who is back in the cold town of Manali after spending a mini vacation with his wife Shikha (Mandira Bedi). Ashwini is intimidated about a murder by his subordinate Ankit Dayal (Sharib Hashmi). This leads to series of murders pointing to a popular night club of the town known as Vodka Diaries. A mysterious women (Raima Sen) is sighted on the crime scenes. What happens next is what the entire film is all about..

Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story on paper looks mind blowing. Sadly, when it comes to execution the whole impact gets diluted due to weak and dragging screenplay. The concept is interesting, but presented in highly confusing and at times in boring manner. The writers try to twist the simple story to infinite manner due to which the curiosity level gets ruined. Also, if you are a ardent International film lover then, you will find high influence of many films including ‘Shutter Island’. The writers try to test your patience level due to which after a point you are least interested to know whats happening in this half baked script. The cinematography is of top notch and the snow filled locations are visually stunning.

Music:
The music is strictly average and the background music at times is jarring.

Direction:
Director Kaushal Srivastava despite of under the high influence of International films come up with a interesting story. Such films should be presented in highly intriguing manner, sadly out here it’s presented with a bland approach. The thrill element is hardly there in the film.

Performances:
Kay Kay Menon is a fine actor and even in this film does his part with total grace. It’s just that we have seen him portraying such roles several times. Sharib Hashmi mildly adds the entertainment quotient. Wish he had a meatier role suiting his calibre. Mandira Bedi lends good support. Raima Sen is wasted.

Final Verdict:
So on an overall basis ‘Vodka Diaries’, is barely intoxicating and works only due to its actors and one liner story.

Rating – 1.5/5