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Movie Review | Thar: A perfect dark thriller

Overall, Raj Singh Chaudhary’s Thar is not for the faint hearted but would be loved by audience who are aware of the genre and tend to enjoy it

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Thar featuring the father son duo Anil Kapoor & Harshvarrdhan Kapoor in the lead roles seems inspired by Western Noir genres (Contemporary Western or neo-Western) film. These films have typical settings and motifs like a rebellious antihero, open plains and desert landscapes, and gunfights; having three identifying themes – lack of rules, morals guided by the character’s or audience’s instincts of right and wrong rather than by governance, characters searching for justice and characters feeling remorse.

Writer-director Raj Singh Chaudhary’s ‘Thar’ is amongst those few Hindi films that deviate from a set template and attempt at something that is outlandish. In the contemporary times, a story set in the desert wilds, with very few characters and fewer dialogues sets this film apart. Most of the talking is done by the environment. Had this film released in theatres could have been a different viewing experience all together what with the open barren lands, horse rides and open jeeps with typical stone and sand houses, dilapidated structures, and the people in the surroundings. Not to forget the background score and of course the narrative.

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The story is set in the eighties deep into the deserts closer to the Indo-Pak border. The plot begins with the introduction of Anil Kapoor who plays Inspector Surekha Singh aka Hukum along with his buddy deputy Satish Kaushik. We are informed that he has been around for long and has adjusted his life to the surroundings.

A family murder is reported that opens a pandora’s box; Inspector Surekha Singh gets into action and begins his investigation. He comes across more violent killings. Their problem is that they have ruled out that it could be acts of the dacoits from the way the victims are brutally murdered. If not the dacoits, then who becomes the moot point.

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While on their daily routine, Surekha stumbles upon an unfamiliar looking young lad. A local informs that the guy is Siddharth (Harshvarrdhan Kapoor), an antique dealer travelling through remote villages of Rajasthan and a man of few words (four literally) – chai, kachori, kitna hua!! Harshvardhan has been given very few dialogues and expresses only through his body language and eyes.

The narrative shifts gears as Siddharth gets into action. He wants to hire a few people to be deployed for some tasks in the city against a decent remuneration. Soon enough he sets his eyes on three people and convinces them to agree to his requisites. The greed of money tempts these three fellas set on the journey with Siddharth. Well, what happens thereafter forms a major part of the story.

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Thar is not for the faint hearted. We have all known the dreaded dacoit ‘Gabbar Singh’, wait until you see what unfolds in Thar. Revealing more might not be fair, a single word could reveal the entire plot and mar the thrill of the goings on.

Anil Kapoor as Inspector Surekha Singh lights up the screen. We Indians cannot get enough of this Lakhan. One can keep speaking about his persona and performance that dominates everything else. However, here he has Jr. Kapoor in tow; while one keeps talking and gives you good vibes, it is Harshvardhan’s character that makes one cringe. Through most of his sub-plot one keeps guessing what is driving the character to behave in the way Siddharth does.

Satish Kaushik complements his companionship with Anil Kapoor and is equally enjoyable. Fatima Sana Shaikh gets some screen time, but it is mostly a dominant character with little to offer.

The rest of the cast are perfunctory and perform as expected.

The other notice worthy things are the casting director and art director’s vision. The people / artist placed create the desired effect. The background music also adds to the pace of the narrative. On the hind side, a couple of graphic scenes could have been edited out as they don’t really add up to the narrative.

Overall, Thar as mentioned earlier is not for the faint hearted but would be loved by audience who are aware of the genre and tend to enjoy it

Film: Thar
Director: Raj Singh Chaudhary
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Satish Kaushik, Jitendra Joshi, Akshay Oberoi, Mukti Mohan
Streaming on: Netflix
Duration: 148 minutes

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SUMMARY

Overall, Raj Singh Chaudhary’s Thar is not for the faint hearted but would be loved by audience who are aware of the genre and tend to enjoy it
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