Rohan (Arjun Mathur) was a young medical intern who dared to dream. He was in awe of Dr. Asthana (Kay Kay Menon), the Chief of Surgery of the Shekhawat General Hospital. All he wanted to was be like him. He lived in with Riya, his co-intern and the love of his life. However, when an eight year old boy, Ankur dies due to Dr. A...more
Rohan (Arjun Mathur) was a young medical intern who dared to dream. He was in awe of Dr. Asthana (Kay Kay Menon), the Chief of Surgery of the Shekhawat General Hospital. All he wanted to was be like him. He lived in with Riya, his co-intern and the love of his life. However, when an eight year old boy, Ankur dies due to Dr. Asthana's medical negligence, Rohan realises that a good surgeon is not necessarily a good person. less
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The basic premise that drives the plot of Ankur Arora Murder Case (written by Vikram Bhatt) itself is so silly that one fails to take the resulting narrative seriously, no matter how hard one tries. It’s the mythical level the film functions on, forced and contrived in the first place, that forms the core of AAMC which is further undermined by the silly script and the B-movie tropes employed by the makers. If we overlook the flimsy set-up, on paper it’s a classical narrative where the characters are not mere people but figurative embodiments of conflicting philosophies, but the filmmaker never quite aspires to take the film beyond convoluted “twists” and gimmicky dialogue.
On its surface it’s the kind of movie where every moment of drama and thrill is underscored by deafening and tacky background score and cheesy songs. There are plenty of twists too, but none of them actually succeed at getting the viewer involved in the proceedings. The drama between the characters is too desultory to make this film work on a literal level. Even while being a film where characters are supposed to embody ideologies, the film is not too sure about its own stand. Dr. Asthana (Kay Kay Menon) is portrayed as a villain throughout the film and then suddenly, there’s a laughable monologue towards the end where he gets to explain his stand thus rendering the film with an inapt objectivity about its characters.
Ankur Arora Murder Case isn’t downright terrible, apparent somewhere beneath the Bhatt-esque surface is a sincere effort to make a decent film. It’s just too amateurishly made a film which is too confused about its own spirit.