THAR is a 1985 mystery film set in a small town. In 1985, in Rajasthan’s Munabo, a gang assaults a house where the daughter is getting married in the next few days. The parents are murdered while their money is taken by the group. Suwa (Akkshay Gunaawat) is tortured to death the next day. Inspector Surekha Singh (Anil Kapoor) has been assigned to investigate these incidents.
He goes around attempting to discover any link between the two homicide events with the aid of his assistant Bhure (Satish Kaushik) (Harsh Varrdhhan Kapoor). Meanwhile, a mysterious guy named Siddharth (Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor) arrives in Munabo.
Surekha is a Delhi-based antique dealer. He requires skilled individuals for his job, and he goes to the home of Panna (Jitendra Joshi) in order to find them. Chetna, however, is away in Calcutta, leaving her husband Panna (Jitendra Joshi). A connection develops between Panna and Chetna. Meanwhile, Surekha learns through his research that the murders are connected to the illicit opium trade and that players from Pakistan are also involved. What follows next is the rest of the story.
Raj Singh Chaudhary’s life is straightforward. Raj Singh Chaudhary’s screenplay, on the other hand (additional screenplay by Yogesh Dabuwalla and Anthony Catino), is fantastic. The narrative is brimming with tense and unexpected events. The characters are intriguing, as well as how they are all linked to each other. On the negative side, some of the sidetracks aren’t adequately developed. Anurag Kashyap’s sayings are witty.
Dr. Raj Singh Chaudhary’s direction is excellent and takes the film to fantastic places. First of all, he deserves credit for filming in such stunning locales. You’ve undoubtedly seen films set in Rajasthan before, but THAR will leave you breathless thanks to its location shooting in uncharted territory. This alone makes it a pleasurable watch. Second, Dr. Raj treats THAR like world cinema productions.
The desolate areas, the quiet, and the prospect of an outsider visiting a strange town are all references to Western films. Finally, he packs a lot of content into just 108 minutes of running time. The moment where they find out who is behind the murders may be predictable, yet it will leave them speechless. In the second half, some events keep viewers on their toes.
The end is nerve-wracking. On the other side, however, the track of Hanif Khan (Rahul Singh) and the entire opium trade is unconvincing. It isn’t well connected to the main plot. Second, Surekha’s internal conflicts should have been depicted in a more thorough manner. Finally, several loose ends remain unresolved.
Anil Kapoor, as usual, steals the show. He takes on the persona and performs admirably. Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor has few lines and communicates vividly through his eyes. THAR’s Fatima Sana Shaikh leaves a significant impact, delivering an excellent performance. Satish Kaushik is always reliable. Jitendra Joshi, known for his work in SACRED GAMES, continues to deliver amazing performances.
Although Gauri (Mukti Mohan; Dhanna’s spouse) and Nivedita Bhattacharya (Pranati; Surekha’s wife) do well, the actor who plays Anil Kapoor’s son does not. Mandana Karimi is pleasant in a cameo appearance. Akkshay Gunaawat, Sanjay Dadhich, and Sanjay Bishnoi are all good. Rahul Singh is decent but hampered by the script. Akshay Oberoi (Arjun Singh) is wasted opportunity. Suraj Vyas (Maakhan), Anushka Sharma, and Shubham Kumar are all fine.
There’s just one song in THAR, which plays during the credits. Shashwat Sachdev wrote the song. It is quite good. Ajay Jayanthi’s background score is fantastic. The music adds to the intrigue and mystery, and it’s without a doubt one of the most distinctive BGMs in recent years. Shreya Dev Dube’s filming is amazing. Wasiq Khan did an excellent job with the production design of this untouched countryside shown in the film. Wasiq Khan’s production design was realistic.
The clothes worn by Priyanka Agarwal are true to life. According to the script, Salaam Ansari’s activity is distressing. The VFX from Atomic Arts is convincing. Aarti Bajaj’s editing is razor sharp.
THAR is a film of international quality. It’s a pleasant surprise at this time of year and worth seeing for its story, tone, music, and unique Rajasthan locations.
Movie Rating: 3.0/5