The medical profession is often referred to as the noblest line of work. But we often hear/read about unscrupulous practices that bring disrepute and disgrace to this dignified vocation. It's often said that the underprivileged or poverty-stricken are most affected by medical malpractices or laxity, but I don't concur with this stance entirely. It affects the upper crust too. Goof ups by health centers or inside the operation theatres is a commonality the world over. The most glaring case in point is that of Michael Jackson, which hit front page news across the globe...
After attempting erotic thrillers and murder mysteries, Vikram Bhatt delves into the realistic zone with ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE, which tackles the issue of medical neglect. Besides, this film goes beyond the issue of medical negligence. What happens when justice is denied to the victim's family? Vikram and director Suhail Tatari take the spectator from inside the operation theatre to a courtroom, where an eminent surgeon is tried for medical recklessness.
Dr. Romesh [Arjun Mathur] was in awe of Dr. Asthana [Kay Kay Menon] of Shekhawat General Hospital. He had a live-in relationship with Dr. Riya [Vishakha Singh], his co-intern and the love of his life. However, when an 8-year-old boy Ankur [Vishesh Tiwari] dies due to Dr. Asthana's medical negligence, Romesh realizes that a good surgeon is not necessarily a good human being as well.
Together with Ankur's mother Nandini [Tisca Chopra], Romesh sets out on a turbulent journey to fight for what is right. A battle for justice against his mentor, the hospital and the love of his life.
Reportedly based on a true incident, ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE focuses not just on the negligence in the operation theatre, but also throws light on the justice mechanism in our country. Come to think of it, a film like ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE acts as wake up call for many a doctor or those associated with this profession/medical lobbies, besides making the spectator cognizant of the fact that we ought to have a dedicated procedure for speedy disposal of such cases.
The director develops his characters well, keeps the goings-on as authentic as possible and mounts the tension steadily. The only time the movie gets formulaic is when the warring lawyers are shown in an intimate relationship. Those portions, although handled persuasively, seem pretentious and exaggerated, but Tatari ensures the film is back on track towards the concluding stages. A few sequences before the culmination also seem stretched. Also, the sting operation will have its share of advocates and adversaries.
Tatari's handling of the intricate subject matter merits admiration and so does Vikram's choice of theme. Besides the taut screenplay, the dialogue as well as the background music accentuates the proceedings delightfully. Ideally, ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE should've been a songless film. That way it would've enhanced and also justified the cause of making this movie.
ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE is embellished with commanding performances. Kay Kay, as expected, is exceptional in a character that has disconcerting shades. Tisca Chopra is splendid as the mother who loses her child. The defenselessness, anguish and suffering she communicates seem so bona fide. Arjun Mathur shines in his part and what's more, stands up to an accomplished actor like Kay Kay in several sequences. Vishakha Singh is proficient, handling her part with sensitivity. Paoli Dam delivers a power-packed performance, managing her character with supreme confidence. Ditto for Manish Chaudhari, who does a commendable job. Vishesh Tiwari is alright. Harsh Chhaya and Sachin Khurana are adequate.
On the whole, ANKUR ARORA MURDER CASE illustrates and spotlights on the gaffes in the medical profession most persuasively. A heartfelt effort that deserves to be watched!