Hostages review: A riveting home-invasion thriller

Hostages review: A riveting home-invasion thriller
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Production House: Applause Entertainment Cast: Tisca Chopra, Ronit Roy, Parvin Dabas, Dalip Tahil, Sumit Yadav and Malhar Rathod Dialogues: Music: Karel Antonin Cinematography: Sachin Krishn Editing: Archit D. Rastogi Producers: Deepak Dhar, Deepak Segal, Sameer Nair Story: Shiva Shankar Bajpai, Mayukh Ghosh and Nisrag Mehta Director: Sudhir Mishra Premiere Date: May 31 Story A day before she’s set to perform surgery on the Chief Minister of the state, Dr. Mira Anand’s (Tisca Chopra) family gets taken hostage by four masked men in their Gurgaon home. In return for her family’s safety, Mira must dip her scalpel in an undetectable poison when she operates on the CM, triggering organ failure and eventually leading to death. Will Mira give in to the demand of the kidnappers and save her family or will she do the right things and save the CM? This forms the rest of the story. Performances One of the reasons the show works is because of the terrific casting. Tisca Chopra as Mira Anand is extremely good and she brings a lot of composure and inexpressible fear while performing and she couldn’t have done it any better. Struggling to find a balance between being a well respected surgeon and a mother to her family, she performs with a degree of guilt in her eyes. She’s one of the reasons why Hostages isn’t a run-of-the-mill show trying to cash in on the current OTT wave in India. Known for handpicking her roles with utmost care, Tisca proves once again why she’s one of the best actors of our times and that when she accepts a character, she can’t possibly go wrong. The second best performance of the show comes from Ronit Roy, who plays a recently retired cop, Prithvi Singh. We’ve seen Ronit play serious roles and he’s known for flawless acting. In Hostages, his role fits him like a glow and he nails his part with grace. The rest of the cast does decent job with performances that are noticeable but not necessarily great. Parvin Dabas, who plays Tisca’s husband, delivers a restrained performance worth talking about. Direction For Sudhir Mishra, who makes inroads into the web space with Hostages, it’s a show that really brings out the filmmaker’s best. It’s debatable whether it’s his best work yet, but it surely is a very good adaptation of the original Israeli show. If you’ve seen the original and compare with its Hindi counterpart, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Mishra has done a better job. It’s not a show that’s entirely realistic and logic does take a back seat at times, but Mishra makes up for it with a gripping screenplay. As the show progresses, you start to realize there’s so much common in the kidnappers as well as hostages alike and how Mishra showcases it by mixing it good old masala fare and backstories for almost every character is commendable. Dialogues For a tense hostage drama, there’s very minimal that’s spoken, but what’s said is adequate and the writing department deserves some praise. As Indian audiences, we love our dramatic moments and they’re better created when the tension is built by the circumstance and not by words. Cinematography Sachin Krishn, who has worked on films such as Chakravyuh, Raajneeti and Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi, does a good job in capturing the mood of the hostage situation with good frames and lighting. His work is well complemented by Sunil Nigvekar’s production design. Music The show has music by Karel Antonin, who has predominantly worked on international projects. His work isn’t groundbreaking but aids in elevating the tension in the hostage sequences with good background score. Editing The show goes back and forth in time a lot to narrate the backstories of the characters and some important events. Editor Archit Rastogi, whose work includes Bheja Fry and Inkaar, really makes a difference with his cuts when it comes to some tense moments. Production Design Hostages never feels like a show on which the makers didn’t spend money on. It’s lavishly shot and some set work offers enriching visuals, especially the whole set up inside Mira’s house where get taken hostage and scenes that unfold in the hospital. Highlights A well made show Gripping narrative Overall performances Drawback Lack of logic Convenient writing in some places Analysis By Indian web content standard, Hostages is definitely a step up and it’s a show that really delivers what it promises. Unlike shows that desperately try so hard to impress audiences, Hostages has its flaws but it also has some great moments. In Indian context, we really haven’t had many home-invasion subjects and Hostages is a whiff of fresh air if you’ve been on the lookout for content in this genre. The show definitely needed tighter writing but the screenplay always promises high drama and that does the trick. Icing on the cake: A home-invasion thriller that hits all the sweet spots Rating: 3/5

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