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Movie Review | HIT The First case: A taut whodunit

All in all, Dr Sailesh Kolanu's HIT The First case is a breakaway from your run-of-the-mill movie watching experience and should not be missed.

HIT The First Case is an action thriller written and directed by Dr Sailesh Kolanu, an official remake of his 2020 Telugu film of the same name. What does HIT mean here? HIT is short for Homicide Intervention Team. When was the last time that we saw an investigative action thriller mystery in the recent past? HIT could very well be termed as a surprise offering for the Hindi movie goers. This is a narrative that goes beyond the actors; the audience do not get time to savour the actors. Instead, they are dragged into the plot and what they see are the characters, viewers just flow with the goings on.

Fortunately, to be true to a movie of this genre, the makers have refrained from indulging into unnecessary romance or songs or any form of deviation and kept the plot taut right from the word go. The plot is so convoluted that the audience cannot get their eyes off. Most of the focus, and rightly so, is set on the lead character Vikram, so much so that the lead heroine, Sanya Malhotra’s character seems a bystander, but the most important link in the entire run time. Who he is Vikram, what he gets into and does he come out triumphant in the end is the story.

HIT is about Vikram (Rajkummar Rao), a police officer and a part of the Homicide Intervention Team (HIT). The story begins with Rajkummar Rao recuperating in hospital after a panic attack as he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is advised by her therapist/doctor friend to leave the force. Sanya Malhotra who plays Rajkummar Rao’s love interest Neha, is of the same opinion but fails to convince Vikram to leave the force. So, she suggests Vikram to at least take a (three-month) break and visit his hometown to which he concedes. However, the break is short lived.

Rohit (Akhil Iyer), Vikram’s friend and man-friday informs him that Neha has gone missing. Before Neha goes missing, the police have registered yet another (under strange circumstances) missing report of a girl named Preeti. In Preeti’s case, it is SI Ibrahim (Milind Gunaji) who is the last person to encounter the victim and hence a suspect. Vikram has his own past, which he refrains from disclosing to even his girl friend Neha. Vikram somehow gets involved into the case and is hell bent on solving it at any cost. Even when his PTSD issue blacks him out at the slightest sight of fire, in any form. Dalip Tahil is Vikram’s superior Shekhawat. He is aware of Vikram’s health issue but supports him and lets him handle the case his way. How Vikram and Rohit together, try very hard and get to the bottom of the case, forms the major part of the story.

Crime thrillers are a genre that are hard to pull off. To director Dr Sailesh Kolanu’s credit, he does it well with minimal drawbacks and with no hurry to reveal much about his characters. He convincingly pushes the viewer into Vikram’s world, which is one that’s suffocating and filled with anguish. The audience, until the very last reel, do not get a clue of who could be behind the crimes.

At the same time, Kolanu does a good job by revealing much about Vikram’s trauma to care and stay invested throughout the film. His love for Neha and the pain deeply embedded in him are shown periodically through flashes of his memories. The narrative takes its own sweet time delivering the climax. Revealing further about the plot would prove spoiler. It is something that needs to be watched unravelling on-screen.

Rajkummar Rao, had a version to refer to before him, but still makes the character his own. His act of being a tough cop and being in pain at the same time is pulled off convincingly. Sanya Malhotra, as mentioned earlier does not get too much to showcase in terms of performance but suits the character. The other important character that stays in the narrative, after Rajkummar Rao’s is that of Rohit (Akhil Iyer), his colleague and friend who has done an equally good job.

Senior actor Milind Gunaji and Dalip Tahil have small but important parts to play and they fit the characters well along with Sanjay Narvekar, Shilpa Shukla and other actors who have done complete justice to their respective roles.

There is this one action sequence that is worth mentioning, between Rajkummar Rao and Raviraj who plays Fahad, in the second half; shot in rains, puddle and wet mud is believable and impressive.

All in all, HIT is a breakaway from your run-of-the mill movie watching experience and should not be missed.

Movie: HIT The First Case
Director: Dr Sailesh Kolanu
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Milind Gunaji, Dalip Tahil, Akhil Iyer, Sanjay Narvekar, Shilpa Shukla, Nuveksha, Rose Khan, Raviraj


All in all, Dr Sailesh Kolanu's HIT The First case is a breakaway from your run-of-the-mill movie watching experience and should not be missed.

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Movie Review | HIT The First case: A taut whodunitAll in all, Dr Sailesh Kolanu's HIT The First case is a breakaway from your run-of-the-mill movie watching experience and should not be missed.