Bombairiya comes across as a very confused film from the outset, trying to say too much, but conveying too little.
Moreover, the novelty and smarts it attempts to show off aren’t really all that novel nor smart as such topsy-turvy mysteries with ambiguous narrative arcs, shady characters, and multiple twists have been done by everyone from Guru Dutt, Raj Khosla, and Ramanand Sagar to Abbas-Mustan, Ram Gopal Varma, and Sriram Raghavan with far better efficacy and sans alienating a huge belt of the Indian audience, by deliberately endeavoring to cater to the urbane, English-speaking section of moviegoers residing in a selective part of the metros. And if we need to watch a sophisticated, metro-centric suspense film that’s (largely) in English, there’s tons of better options from Western shores.
Even after leaving these problematic production decisions aside, the film fails to engage you for major portions while it goes about solving its mystery, and Pia Sukanya’s direction coupled with Michael E. Ward’s screenplay are so disjointed that they even make competent actors like Adil Hussain and Ravi Kishan look subpar.
Barring some doses of dark humor and a handful of scenes where Radhika Apte gets to shine, there’s little over here to hold your attention.
Movified Rating: 1.5/5