Movie Review: Dial 100
When it’s a terrific combo like Manoj Bajpayee and Neena Gupta, you can’t expect a simple storyline and a flat thriller film. Well, apart from the acting skills of both the talented actors, Dial 100 is a predictable crime thriller that misses the mark and barely registers in your mind that a thriller otherwise should.
Directed by Rensil D’Silva and produced by Siddharth P. Malhotra and Sapna Malhotra, Dial 100 revolves around the life of Senior P.I. Nikhil Sood (Manoj Bajpayee), who works in a police control room, where people literally dial for emergencies. Everything is fine with Sood’s life until a call at the control room turns his life upside down.
The caller is none other than a distressed woman played by Neena Gupta, who sounds like she will end her life in a second. On another track, we are shown the ‘no so happy’ personal life of Sood with his wife (Sakshi Tanwar) and son Dhruv. Well, if you are thinking that we are going to narrate the whole story and break the suspense to you – the movie’s trailer has already done that! The primary issue that Dial 100 faces is that the storyline is executed in a way that it almost looks lifeless.
A policeman racing against time to stop a woman from ending her life – this kinda plot should give you the edge of the seat feels, but Dial 100 seems too lazy to do so. You won’t find a lot of thrills and jump with shocking moments in the 1 hour and 44 minutes runtime of the film. However, Bajpayee is always like a treat whenever he comes on screen, but even after getting a major chunk of on-screen time, he is unable to save Dial 100 from its destiny.
It feels pointless to go into a deep analysis of a film that should only be watched for the stunning Manoj Bajpayee-Neena Gupta combo and just wishing that they were given a better script to show the calibre they have got!
Dial 100 is streaming exclusively on ZEE5.
Check out the movie’s trailer here: