Reel killed the Real!!

Manish Gupta
Writer - Director

Film Review
Rahasya:Reel killed the Real!!

Reel killed the Real!!  cool

Spoiler Warning – Care has been taken to avoid spoilers in the main body of the review. The flaws are discussed separately in the end, which have spoilers.  enlightened  

FACT – Open your tiffin box..    
fact – This lunchbox also holds some everyday suspense. Till you open it there is a curiosity, what’s there inside?  smiley

FACT – A good whodunit is just like this tiffin box, the intrigue builds up as you dismantle every next level.    
fact – The packer plays with the opener. A kind of mind game, where the opener guesses based on his judgement.cool

But as they say truth is stranger than fiction, the suspense in real life at times exceeds those offered in films. The beauty of screenplay here lies in making it organic as possible. enlightened

Rahasya, touted to be inspired by last decade’s salacious Arushi Talwar Murder case, though begins on the right note eventually leaves the realm of reality and falls in the film zone. As long as it dwells in the reality, it appears more interesting but the moment the film adaptation takes over, the grip loosens. While it should have been more intriguing given the cinematic liberties and fiction’s reach, unfortunately it becomes otherwise. Obviously the reason being the treatment / development starts becoming inorganic and plot looks contrived at later stages and the climax that is a let-down..sad

The film begins with a crime scene similar to the Arushi murder case. A teenage girl is found murdered in her room, throat slit with surgical precision as her Doctor father sleeps drunk in another room with a servant missing.

With further progress the film goes outdoors and subplots get added to the main plot making it more complicated.surprise

At every stage the story teller takes care of not sharing vital findings with you, making it less interactive but at the same time, he keeps throwing shockers at you to surprise you. This kind of treatment impairs the watching experience as for long the confused viewer is just receiving information without being able to assimilate it. The first part of second half goes like this.indecision

Then the Rahasya is revealed in a long discourse type climax. Loose ends are tied up and almost all of your questions are answered but one (big). Not that you can’t figure it out but still it is so big that you need answer for clarity sake.

Well, we all know, given kind of film watching and reading people do it is very difficult to pen a whodunit where the killer can’t be guessed. Most of us would guess the killer early. The makers try their best to distract you with shockers.. never mind. A good whodunit is always a game, mind game you love to play if the end result is surprising yet satisfying. In Rahasya this revelation leads to many other questions reversing the high. When this happens the whodunit apparently undoes itself..unfortunately.no

FACT – Fine, what is good about this whodunit..?
fact – The film manages to hold your intrigue for good 2 hours. It’s worth the trouble nevertheless.. Correctly executed and well performed. Almost all actors do justice to their jobs. You won’t regret if you can overlook some slips in the last act.yes

FACT – Well let’s discuss the questions/flaws..  
fact – Yes, sure. This has spoilers, so those who want to skip are requested to exit..




  1.  If Dr. Aarti is the killer, and her revenge is with the other woman, Remi the nurse, why she did not kill Remi?cool
  2. Why would she go and kill her husband Dr. Mahajan in exactly same way, with surgical precision when he is the prime suspect? Knocking off the prime suspect, again in doctor-like fashion is like hara-kiri. She is the troubled wife, she is the sole survivor, she is a doctor!enlightened
  3. If she wanted to frame Dr. Mahajan why she washed his surgical knife after killing daughter Ayesha? Leaving blood on it would have been a sure shot evidence..frown
  4. Why she went to the minister and requested for / caused CBI investigations in the case, when all she wanted was to frame her husband..? This was probably done to distract the viewers if they guessed it was her..no
  5. Where was Vrinda when she came to kill her husband? Vrinda was supposed to be in room, they were sharing the room.surprise
  6. How does CBI officer Pawaskar (Kay Kay) know she offered cash to the servant? What was the need for hiding servant’s body if she wanted to frame her husband? It would have been a clear double murder by his knife. Also when servant accepted money to assist in crime, there was apparently no reason to kill him..sad
  7. How does Pawaskar know she made a deal with the cop? No investigation or detection is shown into this. Ok, we assume he got this from her phone records, so is she so naïve to use her number to make those calls? And even if it were so can’t she be talking to the investigating officer to save her husband? enlightened
  8. An alibi is given to her..(this makes her the obvious killer for regular whodunit audience) but in the climax the same alibi is reversed. Becomes like cheating with your audience. Not a sign of good whodunit.no
  9. There is no Dr. Mahajan’s PoV taken into consideration. If the nurse disposes off his blood stained shirt, doesn’t she suspect or talk to him, given their relations? Also when he hasn’t killed why doesn’t he wonder about surgical precision in killing?
  10. Why Nurani was needed to be killed? He hardly knew anything about the real killers. He just knew only of his fight with Dr. Mahajan and had he revealed that it would have gone against Dr. Mahajan himself, which Aarti in fact wanted. So why so much of hype around Nurani.. Also to protect Nurani, another poor guy is killed. These unnecessary murders just add shocks without substance.   sad      

FACT – Fair enough. So what’s the conclusion?  
fact – Whodunit is rare and on top of that good execution is rarer. On those two account Rahasya appears as well executed, well performed whodunit. Let’s be lenient on the writing and accept the flaws and enjoy the mind game.  smiley 

   Sanjay Sharma

Critic who loves to appreciate.

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