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Cast: Shiv Pandit (Arjun Ranawat), Sandeepa Dhar
(ACP Nandini Shukla), Natasa Stankovic (Maya), Varun Badola (Ramesh Dhadke),
Directed by: Saurabh Varma
Produced by: Nitika Thakur
Company: Krian Pictures
Music by: Hanif Shaikh, Sugat Shubham
Cinematography: Milind Jog
Edited by: Nitin FCP
Release date: 24th June, 2016
Duration: 2 hours
7 Hours to Go, is another thriller released this
week, which is directed by Saurabh Varma. Though the plot had great potential
to be an investigative thriller, but the effort fails. Although all the
characters are introduced with their name and specific role in the film, this
appeared a bit lengthy. The screenplay has lot of loopholes.
The film begins
with a shootout effort by Ramesh Dhadke’s (Varun Badola) and his team in Khemka
Towers, when intruders entered the premises. After an odd 6 months, the frames move
to Arjun (Shiv Pandit), who comes to Mumbai City to support his girl friend
Maya in Mumbai High Court, who is a witness in a high profile case. Arjun takes
7 passersby as hostages at Mumbai High court itself, when Maya is shot dead in
front of his eyes. Within few minutes, Arjun is able to set up the hostage site
in high profile technical manner. Ramesh tries to have a conversation with him,
but Arjun wants ACP Shuklaji within an hour and he is adamant that he would
have conversation only with Shuklaji.
basically ACP Nandini Shukla (Sandeepa Dhar), whose entry in the film is by
chasing criminals. She comes to strike a conversation with Arjun. Arjun feels
that only ACP Shukla can give him justice. He gives her 7 hours to arrest Kabir
Khemka (Rohit Vir), a rich businessman, whom Arjun considers to be responsible
for Maya’s slain. Otherwise, he threatens to kill one hostage every hour. The
clock starts ticking, but the film moves forward in a forced speed.
How ACP Shukla
handles the case? How Ramesh becomes a part of the investigation? How other
characters viz. childlike psychopath serial killer becomes part of the story?
What happens to the hostages ? How does Arjun yield? Does he kill any of the
hostages? What is the real enmity between Arjun and Kabir ? Is ACP Shukla able
to gather evidence against Kabir and arrest him ? The film tries to weave the
answers to these questions very loosely.
There are many
scenes in the film which makes it absolutely unbelievable. Usage of high-tech
gadgets and security vaults are unjustified. There are two scenes in the film
where the female characters ACP Shukla and Maya change their tops in front of a
male colleague. What was the intention behind these scenes? What happens to the
character of ACP Shukla, whose energy falls in the second half of the film?
As far as the
performances are concerned, Varun Badola and Shiv Pandit are good, but poor
screenplay makes their performances falter. Sandeepa looks good. Vipin Sharma as
one of the hostage has a brief role. Music is loud.
7 Hours to Go,
although had potential to be a good investigative thriller, falters due to
poor screenplay, loud music and forgettable performances.
Rating : 1 / 5 (Poor)