Hindi Cinema is full of colorful entertainment, but along with we also have niche film makers who make films without taking in mind the box office results, or Entertainment values,etc. Their main focus is on the film, its script and performances. Recently we have seen some of brilliant piece of Indian Cinema coming from Hindi Film. Siddharth-The Prisoner falls under the same genre made by and for the niche cinema makers and lovers.
“Siddharth-The Prisoner “ is story of a writer Siddharth Roy [Rajat Kapoor], who is released from Jail and writes a new book based on his Jail Experiences. He finishes the book and takes the only copy along with him to a cyber café, where he accidently exchanges his bag with another bag. The another bag belongs to Underworld goon Amin Bhai [Praddip Sagar] who had given it to cyber café in charge Mohan [Sachin Nayak] to take care of it. Amin thinks that Mohan has taken all money and thus is after him to get his money back. Mohan on other hand tries to find Siddharth. What happens next in this thriller is what the entire movie about.
Story is simple and interesting. Sadly the Screenplay and editing in first half is so bad that the movie does not get the grip at all. The pace [might be perfect for such film] is too slow and thus starts to drag in the first half. Second half starts with a better grip and after some time it becomes tighter and its then you start enjoying the film as a thriller. But the joy is short lived till the climax which is bit absurd and quite odd. Camera work is good, but could have been better. Background Music is nice and keeps up with the mood of the film.
Director Prayas Gupta has tried to show a different thriller but sadly turns out at many places quite common too. Still he has use good camera shots and some scenes, especially in the second half are very good. But there are many many unanswered question in the film, for eg- For what crime was Siddharth in jail? What is Siddharth searching in the streets of Mumbai ? What makes Amin change in the climax ? What makes Siddharth change in Climax? And few more. All these are important scenes in the film and by not justifying or answering them the maker leaves a bad taste for the film. In simple words the message he wanted to portray is not portrayed and is lost in somewhere.
Rajat Kapoor has done a good job as a confused looser. Though not his best performance but a decent one. He has loads more to deliver. Sachin Nayak’s Looks perfect for his role of Mohan and has done a pretty average job as a newcomer. Praddip Sagar and others are strictly ok.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hain dum ?
Dum hain, kutch kutch dum hain, bus use jyaada kutch nahin hain. Despite some good performance, scenes, shots, etc the movie fails to click with its audience. There are many technical values which might please the festival crowd, but not the aam junta or maybe Multiplex crowd. One does try to find the Yatharth [Meaning] in this film and sadly gets none.
Ratings : 1.75 [for Direction and Rajat Kapoor only]