Neha Kamat

Prashant Loke

Rahul Jadhav

Film Review
Murder Mestri:A Riot of Cospense

Murder Mestrilaugh
A riot of Cospense (Comedy+Suspense) yes

This film made me laugh. So hard, that before I could recover from one joke the next had me in stitches. Zany characters, and killer dialogues almost made me relive the experience of reading a P G Wodehouse funny. 

This crackpot starts with Prabhakar (Hrushikesh Joshi), a good natured postman addicted to reading people’s postcards and an impulse to protect others, which gets him in trouble. When he learns of a murder being planned, he decides to take matters in his hands and inform the target. The problem is that there are more than one probable victims. Thus begins a classic comedy of errors with a dollop of suspense.

The writers (Neha Kamat, Prashant Loke) have developed delightfully madcap characters that make this story pop. Be it desperate newlyweds (Manasi Naik, Vikas Kadam) or a septuagenerian foul-mouthed Doctor (Dilip Prabhavalkar)- their caricature-like design is a riot bomb ticking to burst. Kudos to the writer duo for bringing us wickedly funny feisty females so rarely found on silver screen. Especially refreshing is the freakish wife of an ex-village chief (Kranti Redkar) whose fascination with bollywood songs, absurd rejoinders and guileless stupidity are beyond hilarious. Even Prabhakar’s little daughter is given an obsession with bedtime stories that must go on after they end.

Screenplay takes advantage of this rich raw material, pulling us in at the very first scene. Scenes are deftly designed to take us through stories within the story without losing track of the main thread. And despite a large number of characters populating the screen, we get to know each of them surprisingly well. The caricature-like portrayal helps in bringing out hidden aspects of the characters a lot faster, along with whimsical dialogues. From puns to punches and rhymes to wisecracks, the dialogues deserve a thunderous applause for their reckless hilarity with a touch of accent to perk ‘em up. Rahul Jadhav’s direction brings to life a robustly funny script, and the comic-book themed transitions add an extra oomph. Crisp editing, solid acting, plus a catchy title song. What more do you need? Well, not more. It’s one of those times when less, actually, would have been more. 

There’s a big emotional ‘motivation’ dumped onto Prabhakar’s head that is absolutely unnecessary. Then midway after the interval the narrative slackens and becomes repetitive, leading to a lackluster resolution. One would expect a film like this to end on a pinnacle of comic outburst. Instead, what we get is a run-of-the-mill climax followed by an unnecessarily happy ending. I wish this film was about 20 minute shorter, and had a completely different third act, just as innovative and effective as the rest of the film. Nonetheless, I’d give this film a ‘FUNNY IN CAPS’ rating. Ending any film is tricky, and when it comes to comedies it gets even trickier.

All in all, if you want a film to keep you laughing throughout the interval even as you munch on your samosas and step out of the theatre with a bounce in your step and a giggle on your lips- this one will do it for you. Go watch it in the cinema hall with friends and family (sans the kids, of course). 'Coz there's nothing like sharing boisterous laughs with your besties laugh  

Ketki Pandit

   Ketki Pandit

Ketki Pandit is a writer/director with MFA from NYUs Tisch School of the Arts. Also an alumnus of FTIIs Screenplay Writing course, she is passionate about cinema and stories that shape our world..

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