Give Jaideep Ahlawat every acting honor in the world for his role as the Indian version of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker in the film Jaane Jaan. Kareena Kapoor Khan also submits to Sujoy Ghosh’s brilliance.

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In the charming but underappreciated town of Kalimpong in West Bengal, a brilliant mathematician-turned-teacher named Naren Vyas (Jaideep Ahlawat) is living a solitary existence and takes ten years to solve an impossible issue. He provides Maya D’Souza (Kareena Kapoor Khan), his single mother neighbor, a helping hand to cover up a murder she and her daughter Tara (Naisha Khanna) committed. Who is murdered? I’ll do my best to avoid giving away any major plot details, though.

Maya is the primary suspect in the murder inquiry being led by Mumbai-based Inspector Karan Anand (Vijay Verma), who had every motive for killing the victim. She keeps being saved because the cunning math teacher outwits the police’s investigation. The plot centers on Karan’s attempts to sort through Naren’s cunning web of confusion and the information he uncovers—or doesn’t—in an effort to solve this complex murder mystery.

The movie boldly acknowledges that it is an adaptation of the Japanese bestseller The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, displaying this acknowledgement under the main title and using the character’s name throughout the dialogue. An earlier adaptation of this story was made into a Tamil film in India called Kolaigaran, starring Vijay Antony. In order to give it the unique appearance it seeks, Sujoy Ghosh very deftly combines various elements from both the novel and the movie.

Yes, it will evoke Drishyam in you to a great extent, but as it is an adaptation of a 2005 novel, it bears the ‘Ghosh Stamp’ all over, which has changed the way I previously saw Jeethu Joseph’s work. With the aid of Ghosh’s non-linear editing, you are given a faultless scene in which Naren and Karan are discussing the case while intercutting their chess-like talks with shots of them practicing Jujutsu.

The dark, gloomy Kalimpong is brought to life by the renowned cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay (Pink, October, Sardar Udham), with its fog being reminiscent of the blurriness the film’s narrative presents. Jaideep’s makeup artist should get paid more for perfectly capturing Naren’s impeccable demeanor.

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