Ajay Puri (Emraan Hashmi) is happily married to Maya Varma (Sobhita Dhulipala) and they’re seen to be visiting exotic places in the world for their honeymoon (?). They make love to each other with Sobhita Dhulipala decked up in those designer swimsuits and the audience believes they’re a very happy couple. Suddenly, the business magnate is dead and the body is missing from the mortuary (morgue is too millennial). The events which unfold later on how the missing body is found make up for the rest of the story.
It’s still ambiguous as to what Sobhita Dhulipala does as a business czar. Going by the film and her costumes, she must be dealing with swimsuits as she frequently appears in swimsuits so often in the film. As usual, she does a pretty good job of acting through her hypnotizing eyes as they’re one of the few reasons to keep you hooked in the plot of the film. No wonder she was a Bharatnatyam dancer.
Emraan Hashmi is back at doing what he does best. I’m not a huge fan of his acting but somehow, for thriller films, his expressionless emoting suits best. If you’re a fan of Emraan’s previous outings with thrillers and expect the same here, you shall be disappointed. While this film isn’t too bad, it is definitely not in the same league as his previous thrillers (read erotic).
Vedhika, who plays Ritu, essays the role of Emraan’s mistress. I was reminded of the horror that was Pati, Patni Aur Woh as soon as these two started making love to each other. Out of all the things, a mistress is one of the few things I’m genuinely scared about. PTSD kicks in whenever I hear mistress and I’m immediately transported to the time when I had to watch that particular film unfurl itself on-screen.
I really loved the storyline because the ‘twist’ that was coming through wasn’t expected at all. No one would’ve seen it coming. The culprit is the one who is behind the curtains the whole time and doesn’t get much screen time. This is one of the strong points of this film. The audience is made to keep on guessing till the end credits roll.
Cinematography is on-point even in dark locales and surprisingly, most of the shots feel they are well-lit. There are scenes where there’s only one light source in the form of a candle and it was intriguing to find out how the crew managed to shoot such scenes.
Sobhita Dhulipala really needs up her sense of humor or rather the delivery of seemingly funny dialogues. I’m not sure if it’s the badly written dialogues or her delivery of those lines. While she fits beautifully into the character of a businesswoman because of her natural regality and smooth voice, her sense of humor falls flat and makes you want to facepalm.
The only person who wants to unravel the mystery is Jairaj Rawal, the policeman played by Rishi Kapoor. His inquisitiveness drives the movie and his presence, a pleasant change from the dead-pan expressions of the lead actors. His character has a knack for finding out the tiny details from the statements of the accused. There’s a stark contrast in how Ajay and Jairaj refer to their dead wives. While the latter is still haunted by her memories, the former is swimming in a sea of nonchalance and has no curiosity whatsoever for finding the missing body. This remarkable contrast is something that I thoroughly enjoyed. It makes for a good study on character arcs and how contrasting characters can bring in the much-needed excitement in thriller films.
This film could’ve been on-par with Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam but fails in so many departments. A slick run-time is one of the few things that actually worked in this movie. If you go in with zero expectations and watch a film that’s excellent in bits and pieces, The Body may work for you.