MINUS 31 – THE NAGPUR FILES
Producer-Director- Pratik Moitro
Cast- Raghubir Yadav, Rajesh Sharma, Santosh Juvekar, Jaya Bhattacharya, Rucha Inamdar, Renuka Daftardar and Shivankit Singh Parihar
Platform of Release- Theatres
By Jyothi Venkatesh
Minus 31-The Nagpur Files is a Hindi crime film directed by Pratik Moitro that sets out to follow a female cop (played by Rucha Inamdar) who investigates a murder of business tycoon (Rajesh Sharma) that takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film sets out to delve into the intricate world of politics, power struggles, and the dark underbelly of bureaucracy.
Set in the city of Nagpur, the story revolves around a web of conspiracy, corruption, and suspense, exposing the hidden truths and machinations behind the scenes of governance. The film promises to provide a fresh perspective on the murky corridors of power and the lengths people will be ready to go to protect their vested interests.
What I liked about this engaging film is the fact it has set out to explore corruption, the struggle for power, and the manipulation of information and raise questions about the state of democracy and the ethical dilemmas faced by those in top positions of influence. By intertwining these themes into a captivating story, the film has the potential to engage viewers on several layers and levels.
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As far as the performances of the cast and credits go, all that I would say is that Shivankit Singh Parihar takes on a significant role in the film, as the forensic guy and his presence in this political thriller adds another layer of anticipation. Sharing the screen with him are seasoned actors Raghubir Yadav and Rajesh Sharma, who bring their own brand of talent and depth to their characters. Though Raghuvir Yadav’s character is half baked and lacks depth and there is no backstory at all on how he loses his hand in gangrene, he is effective as an actor, but Rajesh Sharma’s character has several loose corners. The ever-dependable Santosh Juvekar is good as usual.
As far as the female actors are concerned, while Rucha Inamdar is the life of the film as the fierce cop who does her duty though she is superseded by her superior officer, Jaya Bhattacharya lends wonderful support with her role of the senior cop. Renuka Daftardar does a one-minute cameo role as the Covid 19 victim who defies the cop.
Pratik Moitro has demonstrated his ability to create engaging stories in the past, and this film too seems to be no exception to the rule. With Charulata Maitra’s writing prowess, the film presents a well-crafted narrative that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats and the film is of course engaging but I wish the director had trimmed its length by not prolonging it on and on.