Inspector Vikram Jaysingh is one of the most intelligent and stern officers of HIT (Homicide Intervention Team). But he suffers from PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) due to a tragic past that haunts him particularly when he sees fire. He doesn’t take pills because he thinks that the pills will weaken his performance. Vikram gets more frustrated when his girlfriend and colleague Neha go missing. This leads to Vikram taking one more case when another girl gets missing the same way as Neha.
HIT: The First Case is the Telugu remake of Sailesh Kolanu‘s film with the same title that he made in 2020. And it is Kolanu who has written and directed this too. The one thing that you have to make sure of is that a suspense-thriller must never fall short of intensity and attract the audience with groovy developments. HIT has these qualities.
The screenplay of HIT runs pretty fast. It is a commitment to not wasting time in principle shots of sequence developments. I sense the editors had a tough time setting the tone of the film with scene arrangements. But due to sharp cuts in editing, the dialogues in the film didn’t do justice and looked pretty disjointed.
There were some moments that didn’t look right at all. Why did the senior officer give Neha’s case to Akshay when he clearly knew that Akshay and Vikram hold strong grudges and hate each other? He could have handed the case to anyone. When the dead body is exhumed, Vikram begins to suffer PTSD and when he returns, the forensic team is taking the dead body. The forensics do not complete the proceedings that quickly.
How come an officer suffering from PTSD is handling not one but two cases? I have no knowledge of how mentally a cop has to be fit to handle the case despite PTSD.
Rajkummar Rao was fabulous in playing a cop of such a complicated mental character but there was something wrong with his tone. It was very monotonous. Sanya Malhotra didn’t have much to roll on the screentime as she disappeared for a long.
HIT: The First Case is an exciting start with the conclusion of the first case in a very interesting suspense. It was unlikely to make a wild guess who would it be. And now the film is heading towards the second case. The Telugu sequel has been released last month. The genre of the film served its purpose and that is what is important. Surely recommended to all of you who are fond of watching suspense thrillers.
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