Vadh Movie Review
Vadh is the tale of an old couple from Gwalior who spend their entire income on providing their only son a brighter future. But when that isn't enough, the hapless father accepts an impossible loan from a loan shark to satisfy his son's desire to migrate to the United States and establish his destiny. The remainder of the film is on the couple's fight with the heinous loan shark and, subsequently, the cops.
Director: Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Rajeev Barnwal
Writer: Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Rajeev Barnwal
Starring: Sanjay Mishra, Neena Gupta, Manav Vij, Saurabh Sachdeva
Available on: Netflix
Shambhunath Mishra is an elderly man who lives in Gwalior with his wife, Manju Mishra, in a decaying home. With the help of his pension and educating local kids, he just about makes ends meet. The couple has a son who has moved to the United States with his family and is unconcerned about his parents.
Shambhunath mortgaged his home to loan shark Prajapati Pandey to acquire a sizable loan from the bank. His pension is frequently deducted to pay the bank's EMIs, and occasionally he has to make up missed payments to Prajapati. Being a crook, Prajapati thoroughly takes advantage of Shambhunath. The vibrant schoolgirl Naina is the only source of joy in the miserable existence of the Mishra family. She visits their home every day to instruct them.
Shakti Singh is a crooked officer who works for Prajapati. On the other hand, Shakti seeks larger payments for his growing illegal operations. Prajapati is irritated but has little alternative since Shakti is the spokesman for the local MLA, Dada, who is in charge of the illegal activities behind the scenes. Prajapati does not want Dada to become involved in the incident. Therefore, he must swiftly devise a solution to deal with Shakti.
He chooses to sell Shambhunath's residence and threatens to have him leave in two days. He preys on Naina when she is studying at Shambhunath's home. When Shambhunath arrives at the police station to register a complaint, he discovers Prajapati speaking with an obviously irritated Shakti. After Prajapati has left, Shambhunath approaches Shakti, who simply refuses. Later that evening, when Shambhunath is alone at home, Prajapati breaks in and assaults him. When he calms down, he instructs Shambhunath to bring Naina for an hour. Shambhunath has reached his breaking point, and in a fit of wrath, he stabs Prajapati in the neck with a screwdriver. When Manju gets home, she discovers Prajapati has died. Shambhunath soothes her and disposes of the corpse. Manju, shocked and enraged, quit conversing with him. When Shakti arrives for an investigation, she cooperates with him. Still, she is crushed when Prajapati's distraught wife arrives with her kid and begs for information about her husband. Shambhunath runs to the police station out of guilt and confesses his wrongdoing to the officer in detail. Still, the constable rejects it as a plan from a fictitious crime magazine.
When Shambhunath tells his wife about his purpose for murdering Prajapati, she wholeheartedly supports him, and he is relieved of guilt and tension. The next day, Shakti wants him to sign a confession of murder, which he rejects due to a lack of proof. Shakti subsequently approaches him outside the police station and offers to clear him of the murder accusations if he turns up Prajapati's phone, which Shambhunath again rejects. When he gets home, he discovers Prajapati's phone and proceeds to grab a charger for it and review the phone's contents. When he returns, he finds that Dada is being evicted from his home. Dada offers him three days to return his whole debt after a dispute.
Shakti Prajapati receives a phone from Shambhunath with a video of him having an affair with Dada's wife. According to the agreement, Shakti detains Dada on suspicion of murdering Prajapati after allegedly finding the murder weapon and blood-stained clothing on Dada's property. Shambhunath and Manju donate their home to Naina and her family, who are thought to be in need following all of this turmoil.
Sanjay Mishra has done an excellent job. How can an elderly guy commit murder and then conceal his crime when he can't even talk in front of the goons? Sanjay Mishra has done an outstanding job as this character. After the son's apathy, the look on his face can irritate anyone, and how he responds after the massacre is amazing. This is undoubtedly one of Sanjay Mishra's most fantastic characters. Neena Gupta has also done an outstanding job. How the mother's devotion remains even after the child's disinterest. It beautifully depicts Nina's character. Saurabh Sachdeva plays the antagonist, and his performance is excellent. Manav Vij performs well as a police officer.
Sapan Narula's cinematography, from Gwalior's bylanes to prominent forts and historical sites, is remarkable, as is the accompanying music. The moment in which Shambhunath discards the corpse will send shivers down your spine since the sound has been employed deftly without the need to display any horrific visuals.
There are nuances in the film that will demand great attention when viewing. Viewers may see parallels between Prajapati's death and a scene in which a rat escapes from a live-catch mousetrap that Shambhunath replaces with a spring-loaded mousetrap.
The first half slows down after a point, and Prajapati's harassment of the pair should have been shorter. The second half, on the other hand, is entirely captivating. The movie will appeal to those who appreciate realistic flicks and thrills. The cast and performances are fantastic, but the script is comprehensive, and the directing is formulaic.
Vadh might be a 'could watch' film for the audience. In 'Vadh,' Sanjay Mishra and Neena Gupta produce one of their most incredible performances, and there is a lot of hype about it. However, the film's directing and script should be more potent. The clumsy depiction of the tense parent-child relationship may disrupt the connection with the film. Such connections do exist in our culture, to be sure. Nonetheless, it has already been included in several films.