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T-Series Films’ Dhokha Round D Corner (A) is a suspense thriller. Yatharth Sinha (R. Madhavan) and Sanchi (Khushali Kumar) are married but their relationship is showing signs of breaking. One day, a terrorist, Haq Gul (Aparshakti Khurana), escapes from the police van and enters Sanchi’s house. Yatharth is away at work while the maid is out to shop for household goods. Haq Gul holds Sanchi hostage and makes demands which police inspector Malik (Darshan Kumar) refuses to give in to. Malik is present at the housing society with his entire posse of policemen.
While Yatharth insists before Malik that Sanchi suffers from mood swings and needs to be given medicines every four hours, Sanchi tells Haq Gul that her husband had put her on medication to actually drive her insane so that he could have a good time with his girlfriend who was her psychiatrist too. As the police fail to make headway into securing Sanchi’s release, Yatharth gets edgy and even accuses Malik of not putting his best foot forward. Is Malik really lackadaisical in his efforts or is it just the anxiety of a concerned husband? Is Yatharth speaking the truth or is Sanchi honest about Yatharth’s games?
Kookie Gulati has written a fairly interesting story which keeps the audience wondering about who is speaking the truth and who is lying. The screenplay, penned by Kookie Gulati and Neeraj Singh, is alright in parts only, because it is unable to sustain the audience’s interest in the same way from the start till the end. In other words, there are portions which bore, and there are also portions which appear to be giveaways. Since the drama is about just one incident, monotony does set in in the unfolding proceedings. The suspense angle of Malik (not being revealed here) comes as a shock. The revelation of the entire suspense in the climax is quite engaging. Neeraj Singh’s dialogues are quite real.
R. Madhavan does justice to his role. He plays Yatharth Sinha wonderfully. Khushali Kumar makes a fair debut as Sanchi. She should work harder on her dialogue delivery and voice modulation. Aparshakti Khurana is impressive as Haq Gul. Darshan Kumar makes his mark as police inspector Malik.
Kookie Gulati’s direction is fair. A taut thriller ought to keep the audiences on the edge of their seats, but his narration is found a bit lacking in that area. Music (Tanishk Bagchi, Bappi Lahiri and Gourov Dasgupta) is quite nice but there is no hit number. Lyrics (Devshi Khanduri, Kumaar and Anjaan) are alright. Song picturisations (by Ranju Varghese) are average. Amar Mohile’s background music is quite impactful. Amit Roy’s camerawork is of a good standard. Abbas Ali Moghul’s action and stunt scenes are alright. Durgaprasad Mahapatra’s production designing is quite good. Dharmendra Sharma’s editing is reasonably tight.
On the whole, Dhokha Round D Corner is an average fare but lack of promotion will come in the way of its business.
Releases on 23-9-’22 at Inox (daily 4 shows) and other cinemas of Bombay thru AA Films. Publicity: dull. Opening: weak in spite of low admission rates because of the day being celebrated as the National Cinema Day. …….Also released all over.