‘Missing Episodes Of C.I.D’

Review of the movie ‘Missing On A Weekend’ by G9 Divya Solgama

Crime based thrillers have been one of the most underrated genre inour country. Leaving aside filmmakers like Vijay Anand, Raj Khosla, Sriram Raghavan, Abbas Mustan and few more directors this genre has been struggling a lot to find its wide followings in other directors. There are also few small films and film-makers who have managed to make their mark in this niche genre and thus, one does expect to witness the same whenever there is a small,yet, promising thriller on its way. ‘Missing On A Weekend’ seems to be one of those promising kinds, as it has a powerful actor like Pawan Malhotra and also marks the acting debut of singer Harihran’s son, Karan Harihran. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Missing On A Weekend’ will be yet another surprise thriller or might end up being mere clone of some international film.

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missing-fiji‘Missing On A Weekend’ is a story of police inspector Ali Ansari (Pawan Malhotra), who has been assigned to investigate a murder of a young tourist in the resort of Goa. Ali and his colleague Ajay (Dishank Arora) find Laksh (Karan Harihran) in an unconscious state and believe that he might be able to solve the murder case. But before Ali and Ajay could start their investigation, they come to know that Laksh is going through a temporary memory loss, due to which he does not remember anything related to the whole incident. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

The story on papers seems interesting and manages to keep its mild hold in the first half of the film. Sadly, the screenplay fails to do any justice to the script as it moves on an abrupt and stale mode. The narration between Pawan and Dishank reminds you of the repetitive questioning style from the popular television series C.I.D. We are constantly reminded by Pawan in almost every scene that he only has forty eight hours to solve the crime. This statement keeps occurring again and again, even after couple of days have passed by. There is no connectivity between the evidence and the incidents which takes place. Titillating item songs are inserted in between of intense scenes. The scenes are placed abruptly in order to confuse the audience leading to a predictable and disappointing climax. The cinematography is average. It seemed that the dialogue writer had shortage of words as they are endlessly repeated.

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A good crime thriller is mostly spoiled by insertion of songs. In case of this spoiled screenplay film, the songs damage it even more. Director AbhishekJawkar brings up an interesting tale but fails miserably to do proper justice to it. Bad writing, tacky editing and weak performances ruins the movieto its worst.

Pawan Malhotra is a fantastic actor and tries hard to do justice to his role but fails due to limited characterization. Karan Harihran has a spark for doing negative roles but needs to sharpen his acting skills. DishankArora lends good support. Dibendyu Bhattacharya is wasted. All the other newcomers fail to make their mark.
So on an overall basis, ‘Missing On A Weekend’ has an interesting plot line but due to all other negative reasons will end up being one of those missing episodes of C.I.D types of T.V serials, which should never be found.

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Rating – 1/5