Forensic Review 3.0/5 & Review Rating
FORENSIC is the story of mysterious serial murders in a sleepy hill station. Megha Sharma (Radhika Apte) is sub-inspector in Mussoorie. She lives with her mother and Aanya (Harbandana Kaur). Aanya is the daughter of Megha’s late sister Divya (Zeba Sherrif). She was married to Abhay Khanna (Rohit Bose Roy) and was the mother of Aanya and her twin sister Aadya. 5 years ago Aadya died in a freak accident in Rishikesh while the whole family was coming to a fun fair. Unable to process the trauma, Divya committed suicide. Megha blamed Abhay for these deaths. She took Aanya by force. This development added to Abhay’s stress and he became depressed. Megha also broke up with Johnny Khanna (Vicrant Massey), Abhay’s brother, after this incident. In modern day, a young girl, Jennifer, goes missing from her school on her birthday. Her body is found the next day. Megha is tasked with handling the case through her rival, Ved Prakash Mathur (Subrat Dutta), as the SHO believes she can handle the case sensitively. The SHO also informs them that Johnny Khanna will be doing the forensic investigations. Megha is not happy with her development, but agrees with the decision anyway. Johnny goes to great lengths to gather vital information from the crime scene, Jennifer’s clothes, and so on. While the investigation is ongoing, Aditi (Shraddha Bhatt), another girl, also goes missing on her birthday. And again she is found dead. Based on the footprints found and other data, Johnny deduces that the killer is a 10 or 12 year old child. His sketch was made thanks to an eyewitness and is being circulated throughout Mussoorie. The city finds itself in a lockdown-like situation, with schools shutting down and parents banning their children from going out, fearing the suspected murderer child will attack their ward. One day, Aanya goes missing and Megha finds her with suspected murderer child Rohan (Nikhil Chawla). Rohan is arrested and all Mussoorie breathes a sigh of relief. However, Johnny has doubts as to whether Rohan is the killer. Meanwhile, another girl disappears on her birthday. This time, CCTV footage has been leaked showing that the kid who takes out the missing girl is none other than Aanya! What happens next forms the rest of the film.
FORENSIC is an adaptation of the 2020 Malayalam film of the same name. The story of Mansi Bagla is full of twists and turns into a nice crime thriller. The screenplay by Vishal Kapoor and Ajit Jagtap is effective. The characters are intriguing and the story is captivating. However, some developments are silly and could have been written better. Adhir Bhatt’s dialogues are sharp. The ‘Johnny Johnny, yes dad?’ however, bit doesn’t seem appropriate in most scenes.
Vishal Furia’s direction is decent. He doesn’t overcomplicate the film and keeps the narrative extremely simple yet captivating. The film’s greatest strength is that it’s not a scene-by-scene remake of the original version. The creators just took the germ of the idea and a few aspects and then made some changes. In fact, the killer’s identity comes as a shock and even those who have seen the Malayalam film will be amazed. On the other hand, certain scenes are unconvincing and even confusing. Viewers won’t understand why Aanya wasn’t properly examined when she was found with Rohan. Second, the way Abhay has met Aanya all these years without any suspicion, even taking her after she was identified as a suspect, is hard to stomach. Finally, while the suspense comes like a bolt from the blue, some developments surrounding it would be considered unintentionally funny. But since it’s very unpredictable, viewers wouldn’t mind much.
Vikrant Massey gives a sovereign performance. He’s quite charming and fits the role. However, at some points he tries to be too funny and act like Govinda and it backfires to a certain extent. As expected, Radhika Apte delivers a good performance. This role needed an actor of her stature and she pulled it off. Prachi Desai (Dr. Ranjana) is too good. She has a pivotal role in the film and does it very well. FORENSIC proves why she deserves to be seen more. Vindu Dara Singh (Vinod Rawat) is adorable. Harbandana Kaur also plays an important role and acts aptly. The same goes for Nikhil Chawla. Rohit Bose Roy and Subrat Dutta provide active support. Narendra Gupta (Dr. Solanki) has limited leeway, but it’s good to see him as a coroner as it reminds viewers of his similar act in the popular TV series CID. Ananth Narayan Mahadevan (Dr. Ramesh Gupta) leaves a mark in a small role. Rohit Singh (Charlie Pinto, the midget) is fair. Zeba Sherriff and others are doing well.
FORENSIC should have been a songless film as the music is forced into the narrative. This applies in particular to ‘Alvida’. ‘Belagam’ is okay and doesn’t bother you as its theme song is catchy. Adrija Gupta’s background music is exciting, as the script dictates.
Anshul Chobey’s cinematography is appropriate. The locations of Mussoorie are very well photographed. The fact that the film was shot in the monsoon gives the film a nice touch. Sheetal Duggal’s production design is rich. Priyanka Bakul Bhatt’s costumes are realistic and not glamorous. Ajay Thakur Pathania’s action is bloodless. Abhijeet Deshpande’s editing is sharp.
Overall, FORENSIC has its share of bad points and still manages to work because of the plot and the shocking climax.