Verdict: A sincere and promising performance by Utkarsh Sharma.

Helmed by Gadar (2001) director Anil Sharma, Genius marks the Bollywood debut of his son Utkarsh Sharma, starring opposite Ishita Chauhan who plays his love interest in the film. With Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the main antagonist, the film also stars popular actors Ayesha Jhulka and Mithun Chakraborty.

What’s Genius About:

The film begins at the Porbandar docks in Gujarat where a failed mission leaves RAW agent Vasudev Shastri aka Vasu (Utkarsh Sharma) with fallen team members and several life-long injuries. Barely surviving the ordeal, he returns to the National Security Advisor’s (Mithun Chakraborty) office with an injured leg and a hearing-aid to return to his position as the head of TOCSI (Team of Crime and Special Investigation). But after much deliberation, he is labeled ‘incompetent’ by his seniors. So he decides to take on his unfinished mission by himself.

But before that, we are transported back in time to when he was a top ranking IIT student. There, his mind was not focused on his grades but the girl he had fallen in love with – Nandini (Ishita Chauhan).

Now several years later he takes it upon himself to go head-to-head with the notorious criminal MRS (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Vasu’s genius abilities are now tested as he is forced to fight for his patriotism as well as for the woman he loves. He meets his match in MRS, who also considers himself a genius albeit a mad one.

What Works:

Utkarsh Sharma and Ishita Chauhan have plenty of energy and confidence in their debut film. Their chemistry is evident and both the actors show potential. On the other hand, Nawazuddin Siddiqui steals the show every time he is on screen. His captivating monologue about the last time he saw his parents is one of the highlights of the film.

Composed by Himesh Reshammiya with the background score by Monty Sharma, the music in the film is energetic and engaging. Paired with the picturesque locations and visuals, the sound designed by Resul Pookutty is also memorable.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The complex plot of the film is delivered to us in a non-linear format. This tends to lend itself to a bit of confusion and can be a little distracting since the film jumps from genre to genre.

Why You Should Watch:

With picturesque visuals and a blooming romance in the first half and tons of action and suspense in the second half, you’ll get a mixed bag of entertainment with Genius. Catch it this weekend at theatres near you.