Ad filmmaker-turned-feature filmmaker Robby Grewal's debut film Samay - When Time Strikes is a clever piece of writing. A taut screenplay (Grewal and Sameer Kohli) and some very good performances make this thriller for interesting viewing.
ACP Malvika Chauhan (Sushmita Sen) is the best cop in the country we are told. While the film opens with the murder of a finance whiz, supposedly the best in the country, Chauhan and her team consisting of a cop Satya (Sushant Singh) and a forensic expert (Rajesh Khera) get cracking on the case. With the killer having done his job in an absolutely foolproof manner, Chauhan seems to be at a dead end when one after the other little clues start giving away and the viewer is taken through the usual round of possible suspects, with each of them having a motive. Soon there is another murder and then another and Chauhan much to the surprise of her seniors believes all the three cases are connected and that a serial killer is on the prowl. It's time for the fourth murder and the ACP has now to beat the killer in his own game. A dangerous game but Chauhan egged on by a former cop who had once chased a serial killer in a futile attempt doesn't want to risk defeat. She manages to trap the murderer but not before sounding the death knell of her own life.
The killer's identity is quite a surprise while the motive and the mechanisms, though a tad implausible, still do not defy conviction. Also, that an item dancer who gets murdered we are told was a National Award winner is laughable.
Sandeep Chowta's background music is a plus point. And as we said earlier the performances whether it's Khera as the slightly rakish doc or Singh as the in-awe-of-the-ACP Satya are first rate. And, of course Sushmita Sen as ACP Malvika Chauhan. Looking supremely elegant in business suits and with minimal histrionics, for once Sen turns out a performance where her style doesn't take away from her talent. The best part about Samay is it keeps you riveted throughout, doesn't let go of the viewer.