Starring: Yami Gautam Dhar, Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpiee, Tushar Pandey
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
The Yami Gautam Dhar starrer ‘Lost’ recently had its international premiere at the 13th Annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival. A directorial venture of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury - whose other notable works include multi award-winning films ‘Pink’ (Hindi) and ‘Antaheen’ (Bengali) – the film is jointly produced by Zee Studios and Namah Pictures and now streaming on ZEE5 Global.
The film, which is inspired by true events, follows the story of Vidhi (Dhar), a crime reporter, whose relentless quest for truth leads her deeper into the dark world of politicians, police and crime, and whose unflinching determination both makes you worry for her as well as admire her. Dhar has done a phenomenal job of portraying Vidhi, and deserves an applause for bringing out the subtleties in her character.
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Shyamal Sengupta and Ritesh Shah’s screenplay further ties everything together and creates the slow burn which many thrill-lovers seek.
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‘Lost’ is an entertaining thriller, but that is not its sole achievement. With its subtle allusions and understated themes, the film perhaps leans slightly towards the genre of art films. It is an unconventional film which goes beyond the archetype of thriller films and seeks to initiate conversations about ethics, morals, societies and stereotypes. It raises philosophical questions about good and bad, occasionally bringing in wisdom from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ along the way, all the while playing out in a real-world setting.
‘Lost’ is definitely an exciting watch for those who enjoy riveting films which provoke deeper thought.