Monsoon Shootout | Movie Review and Ratings
Monsoon Shootout is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language neo-noir action thriller film written and directed by Amit Kumar.
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi, Sreejita De, Vijay Varma, Geetanjali Thapa
Director: Amit Kumar
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
Director Amit Kumar’s crime drama, Monsoon Shootout action thriller film based Mumbai crime. A cop Adi faced with the dilemma of whether he should shoot an accused or not, on the first day of his job. He was shocked by seeing the dark side of the crime branch on his first day. It was just opposite what he had expected.
After nervous rehearsals of saluting his seniors, Adi’s mom (Pravina Deshpande) reminds him of his father’s teachings. He always teaches that “There are three different paths — right, wrong and the middle one. You will be at peace when you choose one, but it will be a very tough decision.”
The story hinges on how a single decision od Adi’s made in a split-second which can turn his life’s direction in many ways, a cop Adi (Vijay Varma), when he comes face-to-face with a murder suspect, Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), can change not only the directions of life of Vijay but also Shiva a criminal.
The movie is based on the life events which are happening after the decision is made. So there are three individual stories compelling, replete with mini three-act structures happen after Adi’s make his decision when he comes in contact with the murder suspect Shiva that are satisfying journeys in themselves.
Firstly Adi (Vijay Varma) feels regret for his poor decision for not killing the Shiva. Who was on his gunpoint during the chase, Adi meets Shiva in an alley and is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to shoot him, on that day and he didn’t shoot him. On the other side, Shiva has grown his roots by building his contacts with criminals and continuously killing people one by one after being escape safely.
In a second scenario, the story went wrong when he decides to shoot shiva, he got to know that he is an innocent man killed by mistake. Where whole fake story makes Adi a hero but inside Adi feels strong regret.
Likewise, he also makes the final decision where he didn’t choose the right path of the wrong path. He listens to his inner voice and did his best to solve the case and bring the right justice for the murder suspect.
Adi wrestles with the idea of whether to follow the right path, the wrong path, or the middle path in life. He also realizes that life doesn’t give one the chance to ponder over the repercussions of one’s actions.
Amidst the numerous what-ifs, there is one constant: Adi is pure at heart, and merely wants to do his job and follow in the footsteps of his late policeman father. For all its meta-ness, Monsoon Shootout turns out to be a pleasingly old-fashioned crime drama about police officers trying to fit into a broken system and criminals trying to make a living on the margins.
The idea of the movie will hook the viewer till the end you’ll feel excited and thrilled. The different versions of the narrative play out based on the various decisions made by the lead actor. The acting of Nawazuddin Siddiqui is top-notch as he is playing the evil character in this movie.