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RAHASYA - Do watch it if u love 'whodunit' suspense movies or novels & don't reveal the secret as a responsible movie-goer. (Review By Bobby Sing)

31 Jan, 2015 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / R / Movie Reviews / 2015 Releases

Director Manish Gupta returning to the genre of ‘whodunit’ suspense thrillers was enough to give me that much needed excitement as I really loved his THE STONEMAN MURDERS and rate it as one of the best films in this particular category coming from the new age talented actors and directors of Hindi cinema. So eager to see Kay Kay Menon once again in a Manish Gupta film, I entered the theatre in high spirits and came out largely satisfied with another well-paced, engrossing and a fine crime drama giving you the worth of your money spent in those two hours.
Inspired from the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case that kept everyone guessing till many months (or rather years), RAHASYA comes to the point right away with the murder and doesn’t waste any time on silly introductions breaking the set norm of a Hindi film. It considers the viewers intelligent enough to take this no-nonsense opening spiritedly and then goes on building the suspense factor with its exceptional cast ensemble quite well. The film gains it actual momentum once Kay Kay comes in playing the main investigation officer and his interrogation sequence in the lockup lifts up the story progression impressively.
The interest is kept alive post intermission too as the script unfolds many gripping twists and turns as expected from a worth watching murder mystery. Plus the usual format of the subject doesn’t get monotonous or boring, shifting the suspicion constantly. A song less film as it should ideally be, RAHASYA has an ok background score that could be more exciting as I personally felt, but the cinematography catches the feel of the theme perfectly. Here I would specifically like to mention the way Manish Gupta and his DOP conceive their dark (night) sequences, lighting them brilliantly with a visible distinction if compared to many other films. Interestingly Manish’s THE STONEMAN MURDERS also had the same merit, causing a huge difference in the overall impact of the film that had its major part of the story happening in the night only.
Kay Kay Menon being there in almost every scene of the film post his introduction, plays the intense lead role superbly (in his full form) along with Ashish Vidyarthi, Tisca Chopra, Meeta Vashisht, Ashwini Kalsekar and Manoj Maurya doing complete justice to their given characters in the script. Particularly it was a relief to watch Ashish Vidyarthi back in a good substantial role after a long gap and nice to see Ramesh Deo too in a cameo. However I wish Ashish and Tisca had more scenes together filling in the emotional depth missing in the film as far as the family conflict is concerned.
(Spoilers Ahead)
In other words, despite revolving around a young girl’s murder in her room possibly committed by the father only, RAHASYA doesn’t have that warmth making an instant heartfelt connect with the viewer. It remains a dry ‘whodunit’ crime thriller mostly that successfully manages to keep you engrossed throughout with some evident loopholes that can easily be caught by any avid fan of crime films or novels. For instance, the flats of any high rise buildings in the metros normally never have a false-flooring with that much space to hide a dead body so easily (for so many days!). Moreover the big involvement of Police officer in the case also turns out to be completely unconvincing, hampering its desired impact on the viewer post the climax-revelation.
Having said that, RAHASYA still remains a worth watching movie without any doubt, especially if you are a fan of Kay Kay and this interesting genre of ‘whodunit’ suspense thrillers ending on a shocking note. So do give it a try for sure and don’t reveal the secret to anybody else as a responsible movie-goer, keeping their interest alive.
Rating : 3.5 / 5
(Note : After watching TALVAR (Oct - 2015), I have revised my rating of RAHASYA from 3 to 3.5 admitting my earlier mistake of rating it lower than it truly deserved.)

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31 Jan 2015 / Comment ( 2 )

Hi Bobby

Thanks for recommending this one.

After a long time I have seen a honest attempt to make a true suspense movie. Exactly this is what I expected from Talaash. KK\'s role easily would have been a blessing for worn out Khans, Kumars and wannabees.

What I liked about this movie is that there are absolutely no attempts to compromise on the story line to stretch the movie. Absence of songs and forced item numbers makes it even more watchable. KK is once again in his full form.

Being a avid reader of Surender Mohan Pathak mystery novels I can\'t overlook the fact that how the protagonist explains and solves the mystery. The style and feel is 99% close to the Suneel Series investigation stories written by the great SM Pathak Saab.

It is very difficult to make a satisfying suspense investigation thriller. Rahasya does it almost pretty well but course there are a few loop holes and unconvincing explanations which failed to impress me as well as mentioned in your review.

For some reason this movie reminded me of a Raaj Kumar starrer CBI investigation thriller Police Public which I watched during the late 80s. Do you feel the same?

Thanks once gain for recommending this.

- Abel

Bobby Sing

Hi Abel Desai,
Great to know that you loved the film too and the pleasure was really mine in recommending it to all like-minded friends of BTC.
And yes it does remind you of those Surender Mohan Pathak mystery novels for sure.

And regarding POLICE PUBLIC, I still recall the film and Raj Kumar with his unique persona and the girl falling from the top.
But since all investigative thrillers actually follow the same format so one might feel the similarities.
However I would love to watch the film again too.


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