Vodka Diaries Movie Review
Vodka Diaries is an Indian thriller film set in contemporary Manali. The story revolves around a club called Vodka Diaries, where few murders have happened and ACP Ashwini Dixit is investigating them.
Vodka diaries is being directed by Ad film maker Kushal Srivastava under the banner of K’Scope Entertainment Pvt.Ltd. & Vishalraj Films & Production Pvt.Ltd.
In the misty town of Manali, ACP Ashwini Dixit is in quest to solve series of mysterious murders happening over a single night, which seem to be connected to a night club, Vodka Diaries.
Vodka Diaries opens with an impressive severe topshot of a distraught K.K. Menon running through the snow of what we soon come to know is Manali (a badge on a cop’s shoulder mentions HP). It’s a breathtaking shot and kudos to cinematographer Manish Chandra Bhatt. You suspect debutant director Kushal Shrivastava constructed the entire plot of suspicion and murder from this visually surcharged starting-point.
Luckily for the debutant director, and for us, the narrative suffers from no serious starter’s hiccups. It gets involved in its own complexities without losing track of the myriad characters’ motivations. The very talented K.K. Menon takes a bit of time to settle into the wheels-within-wheels that run through the narrative in scampering motions. He tends to over-do the intense yet ironic interpolations of the character.
“Vodka Diaries” is not a great suspense drama when compared with the Hitchcockian tradition. God knows, the genre has not been much explored in Bollywood. Still in its infancy the whodunit gets a rather likable shake-up on this occasion.
“Vodka Diaries” stays true to the path of deception and betrayal that the suspense genre adapts and makes some sharp swings into the unexpected towards the end.