Hit – The First Case Review 3.0/5 & Rating
Hit – The first case is the story of a police officer with a troubled past. Inspector Vikram (Rajkummar Rao) is based in Jaipur and is part of a special unit called HIT (Homicide Investigation Team) of the police. He is married to Neha (Sanya Malhotra), who works in the forensic department. Vikram suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after a loved one was set on fire in front of him and there was nothing he could do about it.
A psychiatrist, Dr. Ritika (Noyrika Bhatheja), advises him to quit his job as it adds to his stress. Even Neha feels the same way. However, Vikram worries that if he quits his job, his stress would increase as the work keeps him away from the pain. He fights with Neha and takes a three-month vacation in the mountains. Neha calls him several times, but he doesn’t answer. Two months later he learns that Neha has disappeared. Vikram returns immediately and tells his superior, Ajit Singh Shekhawat (Dalip Tahil), that he should be put in charge of the case. However, Vikram’s rival Akshay (Jatin Goswami) gets the charge. Vikram is good friends with Srikant Saxena (Sanjay Narvekar), Neha’s boss. Through Srikant he gets the details of all the cases Neha has worked on. He learns that one of the cases she was working on involved the disappearance of a young girl, Preeti Mathur (Rose Khan). Neha did have a breakthrough, but before she could tell anyone, she disappeared. Vikram takes on the case of Preeti’s disappearance, as he firmly believes that whoever is behind this crime also kidnapped Neha. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of dr. Sailesh Kolanu shows promise and has all the ingredients of a crime thriller. The screenplay by Dr. Sailesh Kolanu is captivating for the most part, especially the investigative sequences. The author reinforces the plot by revealing several characters who have questionable intentions. Therefore, viewers are constantly guessing who could be the culprit. Girish Kohli’s dialogues are well formulated.
dr Sailesh Kolanu’s directing is decent. He keeps viewers captivated by the proceedings. The way Preeti goes missing and how Vikram tracks down the suspects is a great watch. The intermission is quite intriguing, as are the scenes that follow as Vikram solves the mystery of the mysterious note. There are also a few car chases, which the director has implemented very well.
HIT – The First Case (Trailer) – Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra
On the other hand, the tension is unpredictable but not entirely convincing. The killer’s motive as well as other aspects revealed to the audience might seem silly. Something better could have happened here on the screenplay level. A few sequences are rushed, like Vikram shifting to the hills or the woman giving the clue to the ambassador. It also makes the narration inconsistent as the rest of the film has a good pacing. Finally, some questions remain unanswered and the creators promise that they will be revealed in the sequel. That’s how the original film of the same name ended. Still, viewers would certainly wish the creators had provided the answers, or at least some hints, to these questions.
Rajkummar Rao is doing a good job. He surprisingly impresses in the action scenes. Sanya Malhotra looks wonderful and gives a capable performance. Unfortunately, she has limited screen time. Milind Gunaji (Inspector Ibrahim) and Jatin Goswami leave their mark in small roles. Dalip Tahil’s performance is okay. Shilpa Shukla (Sheela) does well, but her character’s motive ends up being hard to digest. Akhil Iyer (Inspector Rohit) and Nuveksha (Sapna) have crucial roles and perform well. Sanjay Narvekar is fair and it’s good to see him again after ages. Rose Khan and Noyrika Bhatheja are decent. Hemraj Tiwari (Mohan; Preeti’s father) is a little over the top in the police station scene. Otherwise he is doing well and has a good cast. Geeta Sodhi (Saraswati; orphanage owner), Raviraj (Fahaad, garage guy), Chinmaya Madan (Ajay; Preeti’s friend) and Imran Syed (Bunty; drug dealer) give a good performance.
While the overall music is bad, both ‘tinka’ and ‘Kitni Haseen Hogi’ are worth seeing as they are well shot. John Stewart Eduris’ background rating is reasonable.
S. Manikandan’s cinematography is stunning. The locations of Jaipur, Udaipur and Manali are beautifully captured. Mandar Nagaonkar’s production design suits the mood of the film. Anisha Jain’s costumes aren’t too glamorous. Sunil Rodrigues’ action is realistic. Garry BH’s cut is too fast in some crucial scenes.
On the whole, Hit – The first case is a decent watch thanks to Rajkummar Rao’s excellent performance, the crime element and a promising story. At the box office, it takes positive word of mouth to lure audiences into theaters.