Dial 100's premise isn't exactly revolutionary, and the
narrative and story technique is so lifeless that the film is effectively dead
since the start. There isn't a single "twist" in the story that comes
as a surprise or gives you goosebumps and I believe that's what thrillers are
Manoj Bajpayee starrer Dial 100 is a recently released web
thriller on Zee5. Along with Manoj Bajpayee, Sakshi Tanwar and Neena Gupta are
also seen playing a critical role in the film. The film is directed by Rensil
D'Silva and produced by Siddharth Malhotra. Manoj Bajpayee is seen playing a
cop role in the film which excites the audience.
The film starts with a rainy night where Nikhil Sood (Manoj
Bajpayee) a senior PI officer heads to his control room where the colleagues
chill with their daily shift. During his shift, Nikhil gets a call from his
wife (Sakshi Tanwar) who is stressed for their 18-year-old son. Back to the
shift, Nikhil's teammate passes on an emergency dialed call to Nikhil, the call
was by a distressed woman (Neena Gupta) who mysteriously juggles with Nikhil.
The mysterious call turns out and takes a tragic spin with Nikhil's personal
life which later on endanger his family.
The plot was mostly about a mother's emotions, but the
director failed to catch the emotional perspectives of both parents, instead of
focusing on Manoj Bajpayee's cop persona, which was a miscalculation in terms
of delivering the story to the audience. Despite the necessity for
improvisation in the direction, the ensemble came through to save the film and
make it enjoyable.
While the story failed to impress, the performances of the
actor excelled. Sakshi Tanwar and Neena Gupta both performed wonderful mothers
with strong emotional and physical portrayals. Manoj Bajpayee slays his persona
as a cop, as he always does. Throughout the film, the actor has been seen as a
potential and excellent character.
None of the dialogues particularly made an impact on me
honestly, except for Manoj Bajpayee's opening dialogue "Jab 100 number
dial karte hai log, kahin na kahin maddat ki umeed hoti hai logon
mein." Also, the final interaction
between Neena Gupta and Manoj Bajpayee is powerful and effective, and the
conclusion leaves you sighing into the darkness. The music department did an excellent job as well, providing
suspensive background scores instead of songs.
In a nutshell, the movie is rather perplexing; it lacks a
sentimental point of appeal, and the tale required a great deal of powerful
essence. Nonetheless, it is worth watching for the excellent ensemble and their
outstanding acting performances.
Image source/Instagram/Manoj Bajpayee