Haseen Dillruba review – Brilliant performances and good drama let down by mediocre writing

Title: Haseen Dillruba
Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane, Aditya Srivastava
Director: Vinil Mathew
Streaming on: Netflix
Language: Hindi

Story: Rani Kashyap (Taapsee Pannu) is suspected for the murder of her husband Rishabh Saxena (Vikrant Massey). She confesses that she is innocent but the in-charge police officer Kishore Rawat (Aditya Srivastava) is confident that she is the murderer and trying all ways to prove it. The answer to who was the actual murderer and what actually happened forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Both Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey have delivered excellent performances. Taapsee Pannu has done similar kind of role as mentally disturbed wife in Thappad so nothing surprising from her but it’s Vikrant Massey, who is the surprise package. Harshvardhan Rane and Aditya Srivastava are fine in underwritten roles.

Technicalities: The camerawork is splendid and captured the beautiful locations and intense moments in visually captivating way. Songs are good and background score is excellent. Editing too is neat.

Analysis: The story of the film begins as a murder mystery and then turns into a romantic drama and continues that way for most part until coming back to the investigative mode in the end. While the dramatic portions are well written and handled despite some cliches, the investigation scenes leave a lot to be desired. The climax in particular is a huge letdown and is way too unconvincing. Taapsee’s neighbour is shown to be narrating the flashback for a while and no idea how she knows what has happened inside the house. Similarly, the police are shown to be suddenly very invested in this investigation two months after the incident. What have they discovered or been doing till then? After building up the intensity well, the writing started becoming careless as the film progressed towards the end. The film is a bit slow paced from the start but that helped in nicely establishing the characters and the suspense element but the later part of second half and climax couldn’t make use of that and ended up delivering a below average output.

On a whole: Haseen Dillruba is supported well by strong performances and technical values but let down by mediocre writing after a point and an illogical climax.

Rating: 2.25/5

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