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Blackout Movie Review: True to its title, turns out to be a complete lackluster show

Sat 15 Jun 2024    
The Brew Rating: 2.5/5
The Brew News Team | 2 min read

Blackout is a moderate mix of so many films and an episode of a crime-based television show underlying the issues of infidelity and betrayal set in Pune city with a topping of comedy to it

Director: Devang Shashin Bhavsar
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Mouni Roy Nambiar, Sunil Grover, Jisshu Sengupta and others

Vikrant Massey, who finally got his due as an actor after Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail, seems to convince his fanbase with a random and hidden film Blackout, which is a moderate mix of so many films but more over it is nothing but an episode of a crime-based television show underlying the issues of infidelity and betrayal set in Pune city with a topping of comedy to it.

Blackout has a stark resemblance with films like Delhi Belly, Kaalakaandi, Dhamaal, and to most of Priyadarshan films to the largest extent. A one night story with chase and chaos isn’t a new formula— rather it has been tried and tested over the years. But, still, director Devang Shashin Bhavsar’s film is all over the place right from the start to end. A happy go-lucky underdog, who loved and lost, gains out of money which isn’t his property seems very done and dusted for any film in 2024.

Lenny D’Souza (Vikrant Massey), a journalist and his wife Roshni (Ruhani Sharma) live a cheerful life until one fine night when Lenny heads out in the city to buy groceries amid power cut. On his way, he witnesses an accident, commits a murder, befriends Pinky aka Shruti Mehra (Mouni Roy), a wanted goon Asgar Bhai (Sunil Grover) only to experience a bizarre night ahead. On the other hand, a private detective Arvind (Jisshu Sengupta) is documenting the happenings. Will Lenny survive this uncalled journey?

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Devang’s first half is uneasy and he even makes it uncomfortable to sit through till the interval point. He introduces so many characters that it becomes distracting and disturbing. However, he manages to save his film in the second half as the mystery unfolds but it’s too late by then. The 120-minute film looks like a boring opera. Towards the closure, the ode to Chaiyyan Chaiyyan song has no head-no tail to the situational drama.

Vikrant is obviously good but director’s blurred vision majorly affects his craft. Sunil wins hearts in his never seen avatar but his character’s treatment is very similar to that of Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan. Mouni is wasted and Jisshu has nothing much to offer. Rest of them are passable too.

Devang’s Blackout is a complete lacklustre show.

(This article is published under a mutual content partnership arrangement between The Brew News and The Free Press Journal)

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