Sudhir Mishra does it yet again! After Yeh Saali Zindagi, Sudhir Mishra comes back with yet another intriguing drama set against the backdrop of an advertising agency. The story of ‘Inkaar’ is truly what every working individual can relate to. Casual flirting, flings, being attracted to your colleagues, office gossip, competition, politics, you know you’ve been there and seen it all! These are the many themes of ‘Inkaar’ and Mishra intelligently brings out all these aspects as the film progresses.
The story is set in advertising agency, the CEO of which, Rahul Verma is played by Arjun Rampal discovers Maya Luthra (Chitrangadha Singh) at an advertising festival in Goa. Arjun Rampal, soon teaches her the traits, tricks and what it takes to be successful in an ad agency as we witness her transformation from a copywriter to a more confident national creative director of the company. But what transpires between the two that Maya accuses Rahul of sexually harassing her forms the crux of the story. Sudhir Mishra cleverly portrays both the sides of the story and leaves you guessing the true side of the story. Who was right? Was Maya really harassed by Rahul? Was Rahul innocent? Is there something else to this turn of events? And what happens when their colleagues are equally confused and forced to take sides?
In terms of screen presence, one can simply not take their eyes off from Chitrangadha. Like always, she not only stands out with her powerful performance but also dazzles the screen with her confidence. As Maya Luthra, she beautifully shows her transformation from a naïve copywriter to a successful career woman. But who truly steals away the show is Arjun Rampal! This is undoubtedly one of Arjun’s finest performances till date. He fits the bill of Rahul Verma to the hilt, is casual, comfortable and it is a treat watching him in the scenes where he is clearing the air and defending himself from the allegations made against him. Arjun Rampal and Chirangadha Singh are two immensely striking and attractive people and as expected their chemistry is worth looking out for. The lead pair is marvelously supported by the supportive actors colleagues and actually make us believe that we’re watching actual office politics transpire on screen. Vipin Sharma in particular is worth a mention as the outspoken and sarcastic colleague. What makes the movie all the more impactful is the soulful music by Shantanu Moitra its supported with. The best part about a Sudhir Mishra movie is that you don’t have the lead pair singing songs and dancing around trees, even if he wants to portray a romantic moment between the pair. There is a song for every situation that plays in the background and creates drama. The movie is being told by Chitrangadha and Arjun as they accuse each other and defend themselves before Mrs Kamdhar (Deepti Naval) and their colleagues in the conference room due to which the screenplay can be a little difficult but nevertheless is impactful.
‘Inkaar’ comes in as a breathe of fresh air, specially since there simply has been no movie that as portrayed human emotions so beautifully along with showing what happens behind the closed doors of your office cabins and conference rooms so well. I only wish that the ending of the movie could’ve been a little edgy rather than opting for the same happy ending cliché. However, if you miss this movie, you’re missing out on not just some intense performances but also a rather gripping story set against a backdrop which has never been chosen in the industry, an advertising agency.
Its 3.5/5 for Inkaar from my side! As I said, you’d be making the biggest mistake by saying an ‘Inkaar’ to ‘Inkaar’.