Usually when you have the name Vikram Bhatt tagged to a film, your first reaction is to consider it a horror film.
However, as a producer this time around, Bhatt presents a thriller with a potent storyline - that of medical negligence. Does it work? Let's find out.
Inspired by a real life incident, Ankur Arora Murder Case is about a mother's fight for justice after her son dies due to medical negligence.
Rohan (Arjun Mathur) was a young medical intern who dared to dream. He was in awe of Dr. Asthana (Kay Kay Menon), the Chief of Surgery of the Shekhawat General Hospital. All he wanted to was be like him. He lived in with Riya, his co-intern and the love of his life.
However, when an eight year old boy, Ankur dies due to Dr. Asthana's medical negligence, Rohan realises that a good surgeon is not necessarily a good person. Together with Ankur's mother Nandita, Rohan sets out on a turbulent journey to fight for what is right. A fight for justice against his mentor, the hospital and the love of his life.
The premise is perfect for a nail-bitting thriller. Even the usually reported ghastly follies of medical negligence cases gives an added point to the script but filmmaker Suhail Tatari loses steam very soon courtesy a drab screenplay and melodrama fit enough for a family saga.
The film thrives on cliches and worn-out sub-plots that make you wait back and see predictable scenes unfold leading to excessive boredom. Even the court room drama which could make for an edgy watch gets mired by uninnovative dialogues and acting.
If there's any saviour to this film it's the performances of each and every actor who diligently try to shoulder the film till the end. Both Kay Kay Menon and Tisca Chopra outshine the rest in their parts as they give one of the best performances of their career. Chopra's range, of a helpless mother to the vengeful one seeking justice, is flawless and commendable.
Arjun Mathur who frequents the TV Shows makes for a good Bollywood start and despite a half-baked screenplay brings out his best. Vishakha Singh as Romesh's girlfriend is least bit impressive.
Paoli Dam as Nandita's lawyer is average at best. Manish Chaudhary as the hospital counsel is passable. Vishesh Tiwari as little Ankur barely gets much to do and even at that fails to impress.
To sum it up, the fate of Ankur Arora Murder Case gets murdered by filmmaker Suhail Tatari who despite a good story fails to deliver a crackling film.