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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.

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