– REEMA CHHABDA
As two women go missing in enigmatic circumstances, HIT (Homicide Intervention Team) detective Vikram (Rajkummar Rao), who is haunted by memories of a tragic past, is compelled to put his personal conflicts on hold. College student Preeti vanishes after her car breaks down on a highway in Jaipur, and Vikram’s forensic analyst girlfriend Neha (Sanya Malhotra) is also missing to be found. Are the two cases related, and who is responsible? The story unfolds while Vikram tries to solve the case.
The tale of Dr. Sailesh Kolanu is intriguing and contains all the elements of a mystery. The majority of his screenplay is interesting, particularly the investigative scenes. By revealing various characters who have dubious motives, the author intensifies the plot. As a result, the suspect is continually a mystery to the audience. The dialogues by Girish Kohli is well-written.
The direction of Dr. Sailesh Kolanu is decent. He keeps the audience engrossed in the action. It’s fascinating to see how Preeti disappears and how Vikram narrows down the candidates. The scenes following the intermission, when Vikram deciphers the meaning of the enigmatic note, are also rather striking. In addition, the director does a couple of pursuit scenes quite effectively.
The suspense, on the other hand, is unpredictable but not fully effective. At the script level, there has to be a better outcome possible. Some scenes seem rushed. As the remainder of the movie moves along nicely, it also causes the plot to be uneven. Finally, there are still some unresolved issues, but the makers pledge to address them in the follow-up.
The cinematography of S. Manikandan is amazing. Jaipur, Udaipur, and Manali’s locations are superbly depicted. The production design by Mandar Nagaonkar matches the tone of the movie. The actions of Sunil Rodrigues are plausible. In certain important sequences, Garry B. H’s editing is too hasty.
Watch it if only to see Rajkummar Rao. The actor needs to carry a lot of the weight of the movie because it entirely centers on him. Actors like Dalip Tahil and Milind Gunaji, who are all capable, support him and do their jobs well. Rajkummar, though, is the star of the film. He highlights the character’s fragility, including his worries and hesitancy.
Sanya Malhotra is stuck with an unimpressive walk-on role. The other actors play stereotypes rather than fully developed characters.
The background score by John Stewart Eduris is appropriate. Both tracks “Tinka” and “Kitni Haseen Hogi,” are watchable due to their excellent production values.
In this era of pan-Indian releases, HIT: The First Case would have fared far better as a dubbed version of the Telugu film.