Neil Nitin Mukesh takes a step forward in the industry as with his movie Bypass Road the actor makes his debut as a writer and a producer. As an actor, he excels once again, but as a writer, he lacks a bit.
Vikram Malhotra (Neil) meets with an accident and becomes wheelchair-bound. One night while he is at his house in Alibaug, a masked man tries to kill him. Who is this masked man and why he wants to kill Vikram? Of course, there are a few suspects for it, but who actually it is?
This film is a clear case of a bad first half and a very good second half. In the first half, a lot of things are happening and the film fails to keep us engaged. But, in the pre-interval portions, the thriller element starts and then in the second half we are in for an edge-of-the-seat thriller. We would like to compliment Neil, the writer, for the twist that he gets in the climax. Also, Naman Nitin Mukesh, who makes his directorial debut with this one, has very well shot the climax. But you can’t make a 137 minutes film where the half film is totally pale and has nothing interesting to offer.
Even the production value could have been better. Apart from Vikram Malhotra’s house, other locations in the film look like we are watching a TV serial. In a thriller, the most important element is the background score and that is disappointing here. The background score sounds like something that we used to listen in the 80s and 90s.
Now, let’s talk about Neil, the actor. He has performed brilliantly in the film. It is his performance that takes the movie to a better level. We won’t be wrong we say that this is one of the best performances of his career. Adah Sharma and Shama Sikander are mediocre. Gul Panag has tried something totally different this time and she is fine. Rajit Kapur is okay and Taher Shabbir is wasted here.
Overall, the second half of Bypass Road is quite good, but with a weak first half, this one turns out to be an average thriller.
Watch the trailer here…