Kadak Singh (2023) Review: Pankaj Tripathi, Jaya Ahsan & Sanjana Sanghi saved this mystery thriller

Release Date:

The latest mystery thriller, starring Pankaj Tripathi, Jaya Ahsan, Sanjana Sanghi, and Paresh Pahuja in lead roles, premiered on ZEE5 on December 8, 2023.

Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

ZEE5 Kadak Singh (2023) Movie Review:

The story revolves around AK Shrivastav (Pankaj Tripathi), a financial investigating officer in the Department of Financial Crimes. His daughter Sakshi Shrivastav (Sanjana Sanghi) and son Aditya Shrivastav (Varun Buddhadev) affectionately call him Kadak Singh due to his strict demeanor.

AK attempts suicide in his room, but the ceiling fan breaks, leading to his hospitalization. He lost the majority of his memory and can only recall his son Aditya as a 5-year-old.

He hears four different stories from his daughter Sakshi, colleague Arjun (Paresh Pahuja), girlfriend Naina (Jaya Ahsan), and boss Tyagi (Dilip Shankar). Unsure of the truth, AK strives to unravel the past events leading to his suicide attempt.

Kadak Singh boasts a super engaging first half, but the film falls short of becoming extraordinary due to a rushed climax and poor second-half writing.

Without revealing the actual story, director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury opts for a possible theory. However, the lack of supporting elements makes this theory less convincing.

For a powerhouse actor like Pankaj Tripathi, the character of AK Shrivastav seems average. Considering writer Ritesh Shah's track record with films like Pink, Airlift, CityLights, Rocky Handsome, and Sardar Udham, the writing doesn't live up to expectations.

The writing for Sanjana Sanghi's Sakshi and Jaya Ahsan's Naina is powerful. Both actresses make good use of their screen time. Sanjana Sanghi delivers a far better performance compared to her previous appearances in Dil Bechara and Rashtra Kavach Om. Jaya Ahsan, recently featured in Srijit Mukherji’s Dawshom Awbotaar, is convincing, displaying good on-screen chemistry with Pankaj Tripathi.

The writing for Parvathy Thiruvothu's Miss Kanan falls short, underutilizing an actress of her caliber. Paresh Pahuja as AK's colleague Arjun Shrivastav, Varun Buddhadev as AK's son Aditya Shrivastav, and Dilip Shankar as AK's boss Tyagi deliver decent performances.

The music composition by Shantanu Moitra and cinematography by Avik Mukhopadhyay are satisfactory. However, the editing by Arghyakamal Mitra could have been improved.

Expectations were high for the director of Pink, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, but the execution leaves the mystery thriller Kadak Singh as another average mystery thriller. The film is redeemed by powerful performances from Pankaj Tripathi, Jaya Ahsan, and Sanjana Sanghi, preventing disappointment at the end.


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