Directed by: Manish Vatsalya
Starring: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tina Desai, Manish Vatsalya
Release date: 26 October 2018
Running Time: 131 Minutes
Dassehra is a Bollywood thriller film directed by Manish Vatsalya and produced by Aparna Hoshing. It stars Neil Nitin Mukesh and Manish Vatsalya, with a screenplay by Saurabh Choudhary. The official trailer of film was released on 1 October, 2018. The film is scheduled to be released in India on 26 October 2018.
Dassehra Movie Trailer:
Dassehra Movie Review:
“Sher ka shikaar chuhon ke fauj se nahin karte”, roars our bronze-haired hero to the gang of goons assembled in front of him. Just as they charge towards him, he flips out his aviators and kicks a four-wheeler which skids across to take his assailants down. For one that aspires to be a Rohit Shetty blockbuster, this one also features vehicles that perform mid-air twirls like a Black Swan performance on acid and grab-and-drop moves that end up lodging the victim’s head under the ground. But if you’re keen to watch this one, you know what you’re signing up for.
Dassehra features a baby Singham-of-sorts — Rudrapratap Singh (Neil Nitin Mukesh), an unforgiving encounter specialist whose trigger-happy ways have resulted in multiple transfers. Among those who suffer from his wrath, include his wife, SP Aditi Singh (Tina Desai) who is routinely threatened by politicians to keep her “Shaktimaan” in check. And while she keeps it professional by holding a stern tone at work, she doesn’t let it affect her domestic life. “Office mein main boss hoon par ghar pe tum boss ho,” she says to cajole her grumpy hubby. But this is not a hat-tip to patriarchy. The film picks up when the Singhs are tasked with investigating a multiple homicide at a girls hostel which is made to appear like a suicide pact—the wall of the room where the corpses are discovered bear their collective one-line admission. “But how could four bodies provide five blood samples? It has to be a case of cold-blooded murder,” says the investigating officer. Singh and Singh get busy trying to stitch together clues to get to the bottom of the matter, even while powerful forces try to keep them from doing just that.
This one sticks to the tested formula — excessive action, a righteous lead who doesn’t subscribe to traditional methods in meting out justice and an overarching idea of good trouncing over evil — possibly where the film gets its title from. But if you don’t have an appetite for seeing someone being stabbed in the midriff about six times from every angle in slow-mo, you may not survive this one.
Neil Nitin Mukesh has had a scattered career—from a sleeper hit for his debut to those that slipped through the cracks. Some of them are so forgettable, they can be re-released and no one would know any better. Here, he’s committed to make his fearless action hero seem as credible as possible, but average writing takes the wind out of his punchlines. Desai, as the top cop, manages the reserve that her character demands, but does little to lift the film when things get mundane.
Director Manish Vatsalya (who also plays one of the goons in the film) sticks to the tropes but doesn’t drive the story to step out of the ordinary. The result — a predictable plot that flows aimlessly till that very last frame where someone’s neck is separated from the rest. The fate of those watching this one is a little better — at least for those who’ve left their brains at home.