In director Dnyanesh Zoting’s Collar Bomb, released on Disney + Hotstar on July 9, a cop has to pay for a bad decision. His life is plunged into chaos as he is forced to commit a series of crimes. A suicide bomber is also launched. But, is the story engaging enough? The answer is – not quite. Despite the presence of a stellar performer like Jimmy Sheirgill, the film fails to impress audiences on many levels. Directing and writing are top of the disappointment list, but we’ll get to that in a while.
Collar Bomb is set in the hilly town of Sanawar in Himachal Pradesh, where Manoj Hesi (Jimmy Sheirgill) is the postmaster at the local police station. The policeman recently solved a tricky case and received praise for it. However, the reality is different and he has to pay for it now. Step into a suicide bomber (Sparsh Srivastav), and all hell breaks loose. Hesi must take action.
The suicide bomber is related to someone who has a connection to Hesi. The battle therefore seems personal.
Collar Bomb also stars Asha Negi as ASI Sumitra, who is determined to solve the case.
The story seems theoretically intriguing, however, its execution is flawed. From the start, the story seems sketchy and as it progresses it doesn’t improve. It all ends with a disappointing climax. Director Dnyanesh Zoting and writer Nikhil Nair’s film is unnecessarily convoluted and at times devoid of logic. While it manages to pique your curiosity, the way the answers are revealed on the screen can get squeaky at times.
Speaking of performance, every actor is underutilized. We know how brilliant Jimmy Sheirgill is as an actor. And it doesn’t disappoint on that front. If the character had been better written and with better dialogue, Manoj Hesi could have been a winner. Asha Negi is satisfactory as ASI Sumitra. The only complaint is his Himachali accent, which looks pretty fake. Netflix’s Jamtara star Sparsh Shrivastav is grossly underutilized. The actor hardly does anything in Collar Bomb. He plays the suicide bomber, probably the central character of the film, but his performance is marred by poor staging. The lack of a backstory for his character also makes it difficult for the viewer to connect with him.
The background noise and the way the camera looks at the characters can also bother some as it doesn’t add any substance to the storytelling. After successfully navigating through all the sketchy stuff, we are also presented with a social message about our judgmental society.
Dnyanesh Zoting’s Collar Bomb is a disappointing thriller, devoid of logic and depth. The hour-and-26-minute film is streaming on Disney + Hotstar. Watch it if you don’t have much else to do.
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