defiant and determined Mandakini wins over the modest Mansoor.
At home, Mukku’s (Mandakini’s nickname) father is incensed at his daughter’s indiscretion while her fiance (Nishant Dahiya) gathers his thugs to beat up Mansoor. The drama picks up in the second hour of this 120-minute film. As ominous dark clouds gather and the incessant rain gains momentum, Hitesh Sonik’s music underscores impending doom. Tushar Kanti Ray’s cinematography and Chandan Arora’s editing are called up to build the tension. Of Amit Trivedi’s songs, Namo Namo is the only memorable one.
As torrents of water destroy everything that gets in the way, you recall the horror of 2013. Although the special effects are uneven, the tragedy is intense.
Khan shines in these scenes, shedding the earlier self-consciousness to throw it all into the physically challenging finale. Rajput is natural as the compassionate Mansoor, though at times he seems to be searching for the soul of his character, which could have been another casualty of a confused script.
Fortunately, the performances manage to keep things afloat, taking the emotions to a crescendo matching nature’s wrath.