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The movie is an investigative thriller about a hostage crisis where there is a person, seven innocent lives and 7 hours to go.
Plot: The story begins with Arjun Ranawat ( Shiv Pandit) visiting Mumbai to catch up with his fiancée, Maya ( Natasa Stankovic). When he reaches the decided place for meeting i.e. City Court, he is astonished to see that Maya is not present there. Arjun begins a frantic search for Maya and little did he know that hi search would take an unexpected and uncalled for turn where he witnesses a murder by some underworld Mafia Don. The passerby’s all pose a threat to Arjun as they might assume him to be the murderer. He then picks up seven hostages from amongst them before anybody could question his involvement in the murder.
The entire police force team up to find a way to deal with the crisis at hand but they are not aware that though an ordinary person, Arjun is not the average abductor. Arjun’s love is lost, and now he has nothing at stake, the ball rests in his court to decide on the terms of the deal. He strikes a deal with the cops where they get 7 hours to investigate and find out the real murderer. The 7 hours signify the lives of the seven hostages, and as the police run out of hours, the hostages lose their lives. One hostage per hour and the clock is ticking...the rest is for the audience to watch out in this power packed, high- voltage thriller.
Analysis: “7 Hours to Go” is an appreciable effort put in by director Saurabh Verma. The script is something new and different from the regular crime thrillers. Based on a real-life event of a hijacker hijacking an entire bus and its passengers, the movie is filled with high- end action and beautifully executed stills. Mumbai’s backdrop adds the perfect touch to the movie, and so do the crime locales of the city. There is a lot of crowd onscreen, and it creates a bit of a commotion onscreen. The idea is exceptional though the movie is a little weak on execution.
Star Performances: Varun Badola, the stern, and sincere cop steal the show in the movie. His demeanor fits the character of the perfect cop. The best performance in the movie can be awarded to him. Shiv Pandit also does justice to the character of Arjun, but the dialogues did not support his acting skills. Sandeepa Dhar acted out her part, but it was a little notch more than what the script asked.
What’s There: Praise-worthy use of the backdrop of Mumbai. Innovative script and the story is like a breath of fresh air as it is different. Some of the sequences as of the Ganesh Visarjan, though commonly used but is nicely executed.
What’s Not There: The story does not keep up a good pace, it goes on very slowly. Since the script is good, more was expected out of the actors portraying different characters which they failed to deliver. There are certain unnecessary scenes in between which if edited would have served in the interest of the movie.
Verdict: An enthralling script, poorly executed but with a gripping storyline, “ 7 Hours To Go” cannot be summed up as entirely worth the wait. The fact that the action sequences are good, and the element of the thrill is present in the movie; some might go, and watch it but for the rest of everybody, they can miss the show.
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