Missing (2018 film)

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Missing
The poster features face of Tabu on left and on right Manoj Bajpayee is coming down the stairs in haste. The film title appears on top-right.
First-look poster
Directed by Mukul Abhyankar
Produced by
Written by Mukul Abhyankar
Starring
Music by M. M. Kreem
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Edited by Shree Narayan Singh
Production
company
  • Shri Adhikari Brothers
  • Anand Pandit Motion Pictures
  • Manoj Bajpayee Productions
  • Friday Filmworks
Distributed by Abundantia Entertainment
Friday Filmworks
Release date
  • 6 April 2018 (2018-04-06)
Running time
120 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Missing is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language psychological thriller film written & directed by Mukul Abhyankar, produced by Shital Bhatia, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, Vikram Malhotra, Shri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit & Roopa Pandit and starring Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor in the lead roles.[1][2][3][4] It has also been referred to as murder mystery.[5] It was released on 6 April 2018.[6]

Missing marks the directorial debut of Mukul Abhyankar. Along with acting in it, Bajpayee also co-produced the film under his eponymous film production banner, which is also the banner's first co-produced film.[7][8] Last seen in Ghaath, Bajpayee and Tabu are reunited in this film after eighteen years.[9][10] Annu Kapoor learnt French for the character of a Mauritian cop he played in the film.[11]

Plot[edit]

The film opens with Sushant Dubey preparing to go for a business trip. He arrives at a resort in Mauritius with his wife Aparna and their 3-year-old daughter Titli. Sushant persuades the resort's receptionist Naina to upgrade his single room to a double room. They settle in after a while and Sushant and Aparna make love. The man in the room below is shown to be creeping about and peeping into rooms. When Titli goes missing in the middle of the night, this man is shown to be the main suspect.

It is revealed that Sushant and Aparna are not married to each other. They met on the ferry to Mauritius. Sushant is in an unhappy marriage and Aparna is divorced. They talk and bond and Sushant invites Aparna to spend the next couple days with him. That is how they came to the resort. When Titli suddenly goes missing Aparna throws a fit. Sushant does not want their liaison to become public and the resort manager does not want to invite police scrutiny upon the resort. They try their best to find Titli but their efforts to contain the situation are foiled when Aparna calls the police.

Police inspector Buddhu begins the investigation. The CCTV footage first point to the creepy neighbor who has since checked out of the hotel. Over the protests of the resort manager the photograph of the neighbor is flashed on television and he is soon spotted about town with a little girl. When he is hauled in, Aparna finds that the girl is not Titli, and the man reveals that the girl is his own daughter. His ex-wife now has custody and the man visits the daughter once a month.

Buddhu calls in a sketch artist who draws two sketches based on the descriptions given, separately, by Aparna and Sushant. The sketches turn out to be completely different. Under intense grilling Sushant discloses that Aparna could not bear children and the strain led to a mental breakdown. Titli is a hallucination, a figment of Aparna's imagination. Later in his room Sushant tells Aparna that he cannot carry on the charade any more. Sushant later confesses to Buddhu that he and Aparna are not married and that they merely had an affair at the resort. He did not see Titli's face.

Back in his room Sushant tells Aparna that he has kidnapped Titli at the behest of his friend who is Aparna's ex-husband. He threatens Aparna and rushes her out of the resort. As they run through the forest Aparna stops for a breath and asks for Titli. Sushant reveals that he did not know or kidnap Titli. Aparna now reveals that he was right. There was no 3-year-old but Titli does exist.

An old man arrives at the resort and asks after his daughter Titli. Buddhu is puzzled. The old man shows a photograph of Titli, who turns out to be Aparna. It is revealed that she is a dangerous mental patient who managed to escape from an asylum. As the old man, Titli's natural father, reveals the story of how Titli ended up in the asylum, the film ends as the deranged Titli attacks and kills Sushant with a meat Cleaver in the middle of the forest.

Cast[edit]

  • Tabu as Aparna Dubey a.k.a. Mrs. Dubey
  • Manoj Bajpayee as Sushant Dubey a.k.a. Mr. Dubey
  • Annu Kapoor as Ramkhilawan Buddhu: A tough natured Mauritius Police Investigation Officer.[3][4]
  • Priyanka Setia as Naina, Night Shift Receptionist
  • Shruti Chandana as Shruti, Day Shift Receptionist
  • Naveen Kaushik as Shankar, Hotel Manager
  • Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Mysterious Guest in the Hotel

Releases[edit]

First-look poster and trailer of the film were released on 23 March 2018 by Manoj Bajpayee and John Abraham through their official Twitter accounts.[1][2][3] The second poster was released on 30 March 2018.[12][8]

Promotion[edit]

Film's release date was kept a secret as long as possible to reduce media interaction as the film makers feared plot revelations.[5][13] The trailer was released by John Abraham.

Music[edit]

The film contained only one song. It is a lullaby, called "So Ja Re", and is composed by M. M. Keeravani. The lyrics are penned by Manoj Muntashir and it is sung by Tabu herself. On the screen, Tabu sings this lullaby to put her daughter to sleep.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Rachit Gupta of The Times of India criticized the acting performances along with the direction of the film and gave it a rating of 2 out of 5 calling it a "half-baked thriller".[15] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV called Missing a "flawed film" and gave it a rating of 3 out of 5 saying that the only reason to watch this film is provided by the commendable acting performances of Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee.[16] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 and said that the movie doesn't make a great impact as a thriller but Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee have given noteworthy performances.[17] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express criticized the film calling it a "shoddy mess" and gave it a rating of 0.5 out of 5.[18] Shrishti Negi of News18 appreciated the performances of Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee and Annu Kapoor but criticized the film for its inconsistent screenplay which she felt was filled with loopholes and gave it a rating of 2 out of 5.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b HT Correspondent (23 March 2018). "Manoj Bajpayee teams up with Tabu for Missing, film to clash with Irrfan Khan's Blackmail. See first poster". HindustanTimes.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b FP Staff (23 March 2018). "Missing trailer: With Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee, Anil Kapoor, this suspense thriller boasts of powerhouse performers". Firstpost.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Missing trailer out! Heavy duty actors Tabu, Manoj Bajpayee set to enthral audience in this psycho thriller". financialexpress.com. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Manglik, Reshu (24 March 2018). "Missing Trailer: Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee will leave you on pins and needles, a film to look out for!". IndiaTVnews.com. New Delhi. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Vats, Rohit (5 April 2018). "Maybe none of them is a culprit: Manoj Bajpayee reveals why there is a limited promotional drive for Missing". HindustanTimes.com. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Tabu has done amazing job in Missing, says producer Manoj Bajpayee". Deccan Chronicle.
  7. ^ HT Correspondent (4 April 2018). "Manoj Bajpayee shares his experience of turning a producer with Missing". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b Shukla, Anuj (30 March 2018). "मनोज वाजपेयी के होम प्रोडक्शन फिल्म 'मिसिंग' का पोस्टर रिलीज" [Manoj Bajpayee Production's first film]. aajtak.intoday.in (in Hindi). Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ "'Why must a woman be nice always? Why can't she be dark?'". Rediff.com. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ "With 20 years of association, Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu's chemistry is certainly not Missing". TimesNowNews.com. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  11. ^ "BOLLYWOOD UPDATES: TOP NEWS ABOUT CELEBRITIES, MOVIES AND CONTROVERSIES". Mumbai Mirror. Mumbai. 28 March 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ "'मिसिंग' का नया पोस्टर रिलीज" ['Missing' new poster released]. dabangdunia.co (in Hindi). 31 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  13. ^ Indo Asian News Service (25 March 2018). "Missing will shock, stun audiences: Manoj Bajpayee". HindustanTimes.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Tabu records her song for 'Missing' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  15. ^ "Missing Movie Review". The Times of India.2/5 stars
  16. ^ "Missing Movie Review: The Brilliance Of Tabu And Manoj Bajpayee Make A Flawed Film Gripping". NDTV.3/5 stars
  17. ^ "Missing movie review: Slightly disoriented, but Manoj Bajpayee-Tabu make it work". Hindustan Times.2/5 stars
  18. ^ "Missing movie review: The Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu starrer is a shoddy mess". The Indian Express.2/5 stars
  19. ^ "Missing Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu's Performances Lift This Flat Thriller". News18.2/5 stars

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