First things first! THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR bears no resemblance to a reality show with the same name [EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR]. Nor is THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR an exposé on relationships. Now let's proceed...
THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is a road movie, plus black comedy rolled into one. The characters in the film are either grey or black and each is out to double cross the other. Quite an interesting thought, isn't it? Like JOHNNY GADDAAR, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is unpredictable and keeps you guessing vis-à-vis what turn the story will take next. If unpredictability is its strength, there's a weakness as well: The screenplay isn't watertight. More on that later!
Yet, all said and done, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is unconventional and unpredictable and a shade better than most below par products churned out in the name of new-age cinema.
THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is set on a secluded highway between Mumbai and Goa and revolves around incidents that take place in one night to multiple travellers. The film starts with Hiten [Anand Tiwari] encountering a fatally wounded Vikram [Mohit Ahlawat]. The story takes off from this point onwards...
One has to be attentive, sorry, very attentive while watching THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR. This one's not the leave-your-brains-at-home types, for sure. The story of the film is truly hatke and its execution, double hatke. In fact, it takes time to grasp the goings-on initially because the characters aren't connected with one another and also, there're multiple stories running concurrently.
Things fall into place towards the second hour and a clearer picture starts emerging subsequently. It's only towards the finale that the varied tracks merge into one and you add two and two together. However, since the story is being told from Mohit Ahlawat's point of view and since none of the characters are connected to each other, how does he know what really transpired between Abhimanyu Singh and Ranvir-Vinay? There's no mention of it. Also, the finale of the film - the manner in which the story culminates - looks convenient and filmy. Why did the director opt for a standard, all's-well-that-ends-well ending? An unpredictable conclusion would've only created a stronger impact. Yet, there's no denying that debutant director Akshay Shere has handled a number of sequences well. The camerawork is perfect and the background score, effective.
The show belongs to Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak. The duo is top notch and the camaraderie is superb. It's a tailor-made role for Ravi Kishan and he carries the tapori lingo well. Mohit Ahlawat is in sync with his character. Kalki Koechlin is charming and handles her part with amazing ease. Abhimanyu Singh is wonderful. Snehal Dabhi entertains. Sakshi Gulati gets no scope. Anand Tiwari is a fine actor.
On the whole, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR isn't the perfect cool and hip film, but better than most movies that come in the garb of new-age cinema.