Chandan Arora’s film is riveting until two-thirds of its length. He, who earlier directed the delightful Main Meri Patni aur Woh, keeps a tight rein on the storytelling, only to falter in the screenplay, especially post interval. You can pinpoint the exact moment when the plot starts to unravel: the film’s going back and forth in time gets stuck at the ’92 Bombay riots, and the Hindu-Muslim angle, which had been used so effectively and understatedly till then, strangles the last half hour or so. The writer-director sets up his world and stays true to it till the end credits roll. He keeps it taut and nail-biting all through especially when he works the movie's mood around a game. He also does a bang-up job of creating entirely believable characters that you will care for. Despite Arora's solid efforts, the film loses steam well before the end credits roll. Although only two hours in running time, the movie feels endlessly long, and fails to culminate satisfyingly. But still, nevertheless, it’s an good film made overall.
3 / 5