Zid Movie Review: Climax Is The Highlight
Even though the premise of Zid is established pretty interestingly, some cliched sequences make one wonder why no new ideas have been thrown around ever since Shahrukh Khan showed in Darr what obsession really means. Here, with psychological and paranormal factors coming into play, leading lady Mannara goes about in a copybook format, and only half as convincingly. In a tough role, especially for a first timer, Mannara catches your attention only on and off, though with a seasoned performer the stage setting could have been better.
What goes in synch with the film's mood is the manner in which scenes are established. With rains and clouds filling up the frame, you are always pretty much in knowhow of the fact that dangers are not too far away. So while Karanvir starts getting close to Mannara after a break up with Shraddha Das, you know for sure that pretty soon all hell would break loose. In that aspect, one does expect a lot more tension in the air, but time and again the focus shifts towards bold content, albeit mainly through the song sequences.
Thankfully, the film is not just about love and love making coupled with obsession, what with murder mystery followed by drama and thrills coming into play as well. That brings in giving Zid some kind of edge over other films belonging to this genre. However, one somehow feels that the potential that the script carries isn't really translated as strongly on screen. The makers would of course know the best around the possible causes due to which Zid doesn't come across as strongly on screen as it would have done on paper. No wonder, the remains that as a psychological thriller, it leaves one with a lot of questions.
Also, the performances don't break the roof either. Mannara gets good marks for her physical performances; after all she could have crossed that thin line, which she doesn't. However, as a bubbly girl with emotional issues, she hits a rough patch here and there, which can be bettered over a period of time. Karanvir fits in well into the part though a little more intensity can do wonders for him. Shraddha, the most experiences of the trio, is convincing and brings in certain credibility to the affairs. As a body beautiful too she does well.
This is the reason why if not for the double twist in the tale, Zid could well have turned out to be a predictable cocktail of 'love, sex aur dhokha'. In fact this is pretty much what the film looked like when it kick-started with a flashback, established two love stories (one current, one from the past), brought a few skeletons out of the cupboard, and then reached its expected/gloomy/now-what's-the-big-deal closure. However, the movie doesn't quite close per se at this point and the revelations that follow make for an enticing watch indeed and one exists the auditorium with reasonable satisfaction once the end credits start rolling.