A Thursday Movie Review : Yami Gautam Saves This Otherwise Tried And Tested Story

A Thursday Movie Review : Yami Gautam Saves This Otherwise Tried And Tested Story
Starring: Yami Gautam, Atul Kulkarni, Neha Dhupia, Dimple Kapadia and Karanvir Sharma
Directed By: Behzad Khambata
Genre: Thriller

The trailer does give away Naina (played by Yami Gautam) taking 16 children hostage in Colaba, Mumbai keeping the cops - ACP Catherine (played by Neha Dhupia) and Javed Khan (played by Atul Kulkarni) - always a step behind her plan.  And just like all the "held up in the hole" hostage situations we have seen in Money Heist (Netflix) or Hostages (Disney+Hotstar), this one too ends with the protagonist walking out. The events that unfold in between make up the pacy thriller A Thursday! 

Writer/Director Behzad Khambata does a terrific job of layering Naina's character and peeling them ever so slowly to get to the skin of it. There are some unnecessary slow motions and irrelevant connections portrayed in between other characters but you might want to forget them the moment Naina is in the frame. 

The movie does have some drawbacks technically showing cops slightly incompetent; almost on the verge of unfit to be able to think/act ahead of the protagonist. Something that we could also see in a movie like "A Wednesday" (Yes. The names are ironic)! 

The cast does an honest job of playing their part. Atul Kulkarni and Neha Dhupia at times do come across as hurrying with their acts sometimes. But then subtlety might have not hit the right/enough viewers given the purpose of the movie. Dimple Kapadia justifies her presence in the cameo she plays. It is Yami however who runs the show. The transitions from a teacher to a hostage-taker is smooth almost every single time. She seemed to have a clear head in most part of the movie. 
The background music does go with the flow but does not build the moment on its own as you would expect from a thriller. 

Ultimately, it's the last 20 minutes that give you the "why" of the movie and the way ahead. It seems not only justified but also borderline necessary given the message the movie intends to put forth. 
The movie makes a valiant attempt to say something that has been said for quiet a lot of times and since quiet long now. This one however, is said differently.