Amit Kumar

review monsoon shootout

“Midnight screening” – these are two words associated with high-octane, fast-thrills entertainment, the sort of movie you might check out after imbibing a few (or more than a few) pints and heading to your local cinema. The Cannes Film Festival is no different, and their small strand of Midnight Screenings are typically reserved for anticipated, exotic movies that nevertheless would not sit pretty in the main branches of the fest. Monsoon Shootout might by title alone sound like a worthy addition to that canon, though writer-director Amit Kamur‘s first turn behind the steering wheel proves wildly unsatisfying and technically slapdash. In downtown Mumbai, a serial killer known as The Axe Man, real name Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), is running rampant, carrying out hits for his boss, known only as the Slum Lord. Rookie cop Adi (Vijay Varma) is one day faced with taking Shiva down, though the choices he can make – to wound, kill or arrest the perp – have wildly varying consequences, as we learn over the course of the film.

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