Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Asha Negi, Sparsh Srivastav, Rajshri Deshpande, Naman Jain
Once, the master of mystery and murder Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that a film must be only as long as one can hold one’s bladder. Playing on Disney+ Hotstar, Collar Bomb, true to this, is a mere 86 minutes. Nikhil Nair’s screenplay and Dnyanesh Zoting’s direction packs in quite a lot in this happily short movie, but the road along terrorism, skeleton-in-the cupboard and deception is paved with potholes, sorry loopholes – a bane in Indian cinema writing with the result that a compelling actor like Jimmy Sheirgill appears sadly inconsequential.
Sheirgill is a local cop, Manoj Hesi, in Sanawar, nestled in the Himalayan range with picturesqueness all around. Some of the shots are fascinating, but as we all know a string of picture postcards cannot compensate for bad story telling and a sloppy script.