In Car movie review: an unsettling and disturbing account of a harrowing abduction and its aftermath.
What: In Car is an unsettling and disturbing account of a harrowing abduction and its aftermath
In Car movie synopsis
In India, 36400 girls are abducted every year. There are around 200 cases of such abductions which happen every day and the majority of them go unreported, unnoticed.
In Car, produced by Sajid and Anjum Qureshi and directed by Harsh Warrdhan, is one such unsettling story of a college student who is abducted by three men in a car in broad daylight somewhere in the outskirts of Delhi-Haryana region.
What ensues is a harrowing episode of survival with the girl (played by the brilliant Ritika Singh, of Saala Khadoos fame) enduring the pain and shock and trying to escape from the clutches of the obnoxious men.
Director Harsh Warrdhan masterfully conjures a sense of dread and palpable tension within the rectangular confines of the car that just zooms in the highway. The abductors don’t look villainous but are uncouth, remorseless, endlessly perverse and emanate loathsomeness. One of them, addressed as Mama (Sunil Soni), carries a gun, the other one, Ritchie, (played by Manish Jhanjholia) who is just out of prison is high on drugs and libido. The other guy, Yash (Sandeep Goyat) appears to be a little sensible.
I felt so squeamish when one of them is hellbent with amorous advances towards the innocent girl who is still under bewildered as to why she was kidnapped. Equally helpless is the retired police constable (Gyan Prakash) driving the car at gunpoint. It’s a stinging diatribe on the state of security and lawlessness prevailing in those regions where crime is rampant.
Despite being exploitative and clumsily regressive, the film stays true to its genre where the content is slim but evocative. The film keeps you engrossed in its wheels and that can be attributed to the horrors faced by its compelling protagonist – Ritika gives a solid and gut-wrenching performance.
In Car, with its 106 minutes of runtime, treads on the thresholds – like the endless pleads of the girl going unnoticed and the pepper spray which refuses to work at the SoS moment. It delivers a punch.
I go with 3.5 stars for Harsh Warrdhan’s In Car. Hope it rings alarms at the security framework of our nation.
Pls Note: Movie: In Car. Genre: Survival Thriller. Duration: 1 Hour 46 Mins. Censor Certification: A