Monsoon Shootout: Film Review – Not For The Faint-hearted

Verdict: Nawazuddin once again shows why he is one of the best actors in Bollywood. 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui played supporting characters for years before he got his due with Anurag Kashyap’s heartland drama – Gangs of Wasseypur. Monsoon Shootout, which releases this Friday, was filmed a while ago but kept getting pushed. Now that Nawaz is a star in his own right, his films are considered as a safe investment. This year itself, he single-handedly carried Babumoshai Bandookbaaz on his own shoulders. Can he deliver another success with Monsoon Shootout? Find out. 

What’s Monsoon Shootout About:

Following his father's footsteps, Adi (Vijay Varma) joins the police force with the hope of being a fair and just officer. He believes that in every situation, there are three options – sahi rasta, galat rasta aur beech ka rasta. When he finally has Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) at the gunpoint, he imagines all the three scenarios. In the first one, he lets him go, in the second, he kills him, and in his final option, he injures him and puts him behind bars hoping for the court to sentence the hitman. Things pan put differently in each story but the end result is nearly the same. You’ll have to watch the movie to know which one does he choose. Adi’s girlfriend Anu (Geetanjali Thapa), his senior Khan (Neeraj Kabi) and Shiva’s wife Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) play integral parts in the proceedings. 

What Works:

The performances by the lead cast are outstanding. Every actor shines each time they are on screen. Vijay Verma, who became famous for playing the antagonist in the critically-acclaimed Pink, is competent as an earnest cop who has to deal with a difficult situation. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is brilliant and though we have seen him play a similar character in Badlapur, you’ll never get bored of his mannerisms. Amit Kumar made this film as he wanted the showcase how humans make decisions. It’s a unique concept that not many filmmakers would risk working on. For a first-time director, Kumar has done a splendid job, giving you little time to think. Monsoon Shootout is just 1 hour 32 minutes long which is a rarity for Hindi films. Anurag Kashyap has produced this film and you can see his influence on the project. 

What Could Have Better:

Since Monsoon Shootout talks about one instance in three ways, some of the scenes and dialogues feel a bit repetitive. The climax though shocking seems a bit far-fetched.

Why You Should Watch This Movie: 

Monsoon Shootout is not for the faint-hearted. It is dark, brutal and will make you flinch at times. If you appreciate good thrillers, this one will work for you. Head to cinemas and watch Monsoon Shootout, we say.

Release Date: 2017-12-15
Language: Hindi
Director: Amit Kumar
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Varma, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Geetanjali Thapa, Neeraj Kabi, Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, Amit Kumar
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