Tanu Balak’s okayish ‘Cold Case’, with Prithviraj and Aditi Balan, needed better writing and a better ending

Posted on June 30, 2021


Spoilers ahead…


The cleverest part about Cold Case is the title because the film is about a detective’s case that’s now gone cold; but it’s also a cold case because of an unexpected reason. The film opens with Medha (Aditi Balan), a television reporter in a big media house. In her first scene, she’s talking to a fellow reporter about her diovorce and the subsequent house hunting, and about their terrible boss. Her friend must already know this, and so it’s basically an information dump; these are hard to ignore throughout this very talky film. The film’s music is also another information dump: every time something ominous is about to happen, it bursts out. Even when the camera points to Medha’s face as she’s looking into a well that finally turns out to have nothing in it, we hear ominous music. 

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