Zee5 has finally broadcast the investigative journalism report that Yami Gautam spearheaded. Does the movie merit your time? Or should you just ignore it?
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Cast: Yami Gautam, Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpiee, Tushar Pandey
Available On: Zee5
Duration: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
The true-crime drama “Lost” centres on a young criminal reporter (Yami Gautam) who is investigating the unexpected disappearance of a young theatre activist (Tushar Pandey). The complex narrative seeks to convey the concept of lost morality and integrity. Can the investigative journalist be able to solve the crime? Will she discover some realities about the modern world that she had no idea existed? Will the individual who went missing ever be found? Will there ever be justice for the missing person? Yeah, you’ll have to see the movie to find out about all of that.
With roles like “Bala,” “A Thursday,” and “Lost,” Yami Gautam’s ability is at last being utilised effectively. She is now able to land decent roles, and the fervour with which she portrays such roles is astounding. She has been dismissed over the years as the attractive effervescent girl next door, but after seeing “Lost,” you’ll realise that she is much more than just a pretty face. It’s wonderful how she manages to remain grounded and real in some of the gory situations while also evoking emotion in the serious parts. She is fearless when confronting a dishonest politician, but she also doesn’t hesitate to vomit when she sees a dead body. What makes this narrative interesting to see is the disparity in her demeanour.
Though I had high hopes for Pankaj Kapur, his character development is tragically quite brief. As Pankaj Kapur is speaking to two hooligans in the park, there is a point where you can see the spark, but it doesn’t last very long. He plays the role of a grandfather about as well as any other seasoned actor. Disappointed!
Heave! Rahul Khanna This dude has no age. He still has the same appearance as he had in “Bollywood Hollywood” more than 20 years ago. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to see him onscreen more frequently. He is the ideal combination of a dapper smooth-talker and criminal genius in a corrupt politician. Rahul Khanna excels in one moment in particular where he is giving an interview to Yami Gautam because he not only manipulates the answers but also provides little room for the reporter to respond. a masterfully restrained performance.
Tushar Pandey hardly even appears. Most likely, he performed the part out of courtesy for his “Pink” director. Same with Neil Bhoopalam. Both have received incredibly little use.
You wonder where Pia Bajpiee is leaning because her persona is so muddled. She can portray a forceful news anchor one moment, and then the next she may be a demure, subdued woman. Because of Pia Bajpiee’s shifting emotions for the role, the portrayal of a woman who appears to have strong beliefs is unfairly made to appear very naive.
‘Lost’: Script, Direction & Technical Aspects
It’s tough to believe that Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury directed “Pink” as well. While “Lost” is as compelling and moving, it lacks the compelling atmosphere of “Pink.” In several instances in “Lost,” the lengthy takes make you feel bored. Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury builds the tale up for a satisfying conclusion, but instead of providing a satisfying resolution at the climax, he merely leaves you hanging. The rest of the novel prepares you for an exciting conclusion while the climax is more artistic than commercial.
It’s not horrible writing by Shyamal Sengupta and Ritesh Shah. It’s really thought-provoking and piques your curiosity about what will happen next. An underdog narrative is usually a crowd favourite. Viewers adore seeing the helpless take on the entire corrupt system with one force from God. In a same way, the narrative successfully develops Yami Gautam’s character as she defies a whole system that is trying to bring her down. However, the conclusion only ruins the mood and gives you a sobering sense of how the system can use money alone to buy its way out of any situation. Moreover, some of the wording seems a little overly extended, which makes some parts look a little monotonous.
The film’s actual hero, as determined by Avik Mukhopadhyay’s cinematography, is the metropolis of Kolkata. This a terrific way to draw the viewer into a dark narrative about a criminal underworld and political animosity. The plot has a purpose thanks to the outside settings, which give the city life. Avik Mukhopadhyay has created a masterpiece with this image.
The editing by Bodhaditya Banerjee might have been much sharper. Although the plot is a criminal thriller, the middle part lags a little and causes you to snooze a lot. It would have been much more tight if it had been maintained just a little bit shorter. The soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra is mesmerizingly excellent. That gives the narrative a spooky air. Yet, there aren’t any songs per se, which is also a wise decision given that this is a crime thriller and music would have only killed the narrative and unnecessarily stretched the plot out.