‘Dial 100’ Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee and Neena Gupta’s miraculous acting

The entry of the movie is with Anupam Kher as the cop, and Naseeruddin Shah as the rogue at the other end, seeking a strange sort of justice in a vigilante thriller. There’s no question of comparing Kher and Shah to other actors, let alone each other. But it must be said still that both the lead actors in this film, Manoj Bajpayee and Neena Gupta. Particularly given an almost miraculous second wave in their careers they’re currently riding would be irreplaceable for a film like this, altogether centered on two performers alone.

'Dial 100' Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee and Neena Gupta's miraculous acting
‘Dial 100’ Movie Review

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Particularly Bajpayee, he plays the cop on night-duty at a rather snazzy looking Mumbai police control room. He’s of course played a cop almost back-to-back on screen lately. Whether in the two seasons of the series The Family Man, or as a deeply internalized, brooding old, retired Bhosle, in the art-house film by the same name.

And yet as the senior police inspector Nikhil Sood, he stands out delivering anything but a repetition of himself. Opposite him is Gupta as a harried woman.

She has the cop in her hand-glove issuing ultimatums and instructions to him over the police helpline . The last time we saw her rude and cut-throat on screen was probably in the reality TV show Kamzor Kadi Kaun, back in the day. She appears way more real here.

Dial 100 trailer: Manoj Bajpayee and Sakshi Tanwar's happy family life gets  a jolt by Neena Gupta's quest to seek justice
Dial 100 review: Manoj Bajpayee-led film is a taut and efficient vigilante  thriller

So far as this thriller is concerned, time is limited. There are lives at stake. It’s for the lead actors alone that you give the film the long rope it deserves. For, there is enough talent in the room, actor Sakshi Tanwar included, that you don’t ever take your eyes off the screen.

Perhaps by considering this as a half decent lockdown film set between two primary locations, easy to execute, and just about engaging enough to knock back in under two hours flat.

‘Dial 100’ Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee and Neena Gupta’s miraculous acting

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