Release Date: January 19, 2018
Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, Mandira Bedi & Sharib Hashmi
Director: Kushal Srivastava
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
It’s said that first impression is the last impression and in that sense the title ‘Vodka Diaries’ does evoke a sense of mystery and intrigue among the audience. The trailer of the movie has also been conceptualized in a professional manner and it has succeeded in attracting the curiosity of viewers. However, the movie itself is just about average and it lacks the brilliance of popular thriller movies that we have seen in the past. Nonetheless, Vodka Diaries does have its glorious moments and one thing is sure that you will be hooked till the end. Just like all other thriller movies, Vodka Diaries will tease your mind to solve the mystery and identify the real killer.
The story of Vodka Diaries is based amidst the frozen, deserted and foggy landscape of Manali, which creates the perfect conditions for a thriller to take shape. There appears to be a serial killer on the prowl, who is killing people at will. The police are trying their best to catch the serial killer, but are unsuccessful. Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashwini Dixit (Kay Kay Menon) believes that he can solve the murders, but he soon realizes that this is no regular murderer that he can trace easily. Things go out of control for Ashwini, when he realizes that his wife (Mandira Bedi) has disappeared mysteriously. The plot thickens further when Ashwini starts getting calls from an unknown woman who claims to have information about the killer.
If we talk about performances, Kay Kay Menon emerges as a clear winner. We cannot imagine anyone else doing so brilliantly in this particular role. As for the other lead characters, Mandira Bedi is flawless whereas Raima Sen appears to be constrained by the limited scope of her role. The movie is designed to be a fast-paced thriller, but it loses steam from time to time.
Vodka Diaries may not make it to the top 10 list of thriller movies, but it’s not bad for a one-time watch. Go for Kay Kay Menon’s brilliant acting and stunning visuals of Manali’s frozen landscape. The climax of the movie is also exciting to a certain extent.