Located in the quaint hamlet of Sanawar, Collar Bomb begins with a typical father-son conversation between famous cop Manoj Hesi (Jimmy Sheirgill) and Akshay (Naman Jain). Their smooth drive is interrupted by a disturbing event that reminds Manoj of some flashes of his tumultuous past. The duo later landed at the best school in town, St George, for Akshay’s admission.
The boy is devastated when he finds out that his admission is a “thank you” from this school to his father who solved a complicated death case related to one of their missing students. Before Manoj and his son can have a proper conversation about it, a suicide bomber with a collar bomb smashes the place and forces Manoj to commit a series of heinous crimes, in order to save the lives of the hostages trapped inside. school.
Finally, Manoj realizes that this suicide bomber has a link with one of his “purana paap”. Will the super cop succeed in his race against time with several innocent lives at stake or will his karma catch up with him? The rest of the film contains an answer to this.
Dnyanesh Zoting has an interesting premise in his hand. Aside from a few glitches, he even manages to keep you glued to the screen with his co-writer Nikhil Nair’s fast-paced storyline that has enough ‘bloody’ twists and turns. However, the film begins to fall apart when your eyes fall on glaring flaws and you feel the climax from afar. Of the,
loses its grip on you and when the timer finally hits its last minute, the boom barely makes a loud noise. In addition, the red herrings during the countdown lack sparkle.
In a nutshell, a little more storyline focus and a suicide bomber backstory would have lent some interesting layers to this crime thriller.
Glorified cop Jimmy Sheirgill is in top form. Even when the plot falters in places devoid of logic, the man takes center stage and keeps you invested in the events on screen. However, we would have liked the actor to have well-written dialogue to add more sparkle to his character with multiple nuances. Asha Negi pulls off a surprise as a young ‘dabangg’ cop with a pragmatic attitude. Rajashri Deshpande, Naman Jain and Sparsh Shrivastava deliver what the plot offers them in the film.
Jitan Harmeet Singh effectively uses his camera to capture the beauty of Himachal Pradesh on screen. The picturesque places of the hill station are pleasing to the eye. Lasting 1 hour and 49 minutes, editors Anurodh and Praful Sawant keep the film taut.
Fortunately, director Dnyanesh Zoting doesn’t fall into the trap of adding unnecessary songs to his film in order to gain more attention. As a result, it sticks to the tone of the film from the first frame to the last. The background music for the film has nothing new to offer.
Bomb Necklace, one of the characters jokes, “Zindagi sirf ek chain hai, ek kadi..humare liye hua faislon se bani ek kadi. Har zindagi dusrein kadiyon ki kadi se ulji hoti hai. Apne faisle khud lene ka hak hum sabke paas hai, lekin usse kadi se jude hue akhri insaan ko jhelna padta hai. Likewise, director Dnyanesh Zoting kicks off a series of exciting events in his film. Unfortunately, when he fails in the second half of this thriller, the result is an explosion that is not powerful!