Freddy Ginwala, played by Kartik Aaryan, is an awkward dentist who is having difficulty finding romantic fulfilment in his life. After one disastrous date after another, he is frequently the target of scorn from young people and men who adhere to the standards of traditional masculinity. This is where the movie stops with its exploration of masculinity, even though it attempts to go beyond.
Freddy may be the most experimental role that Kartik Aaryan has played to date, and the effort does not go to waste since he develops a figure that is equal parts sad and horrifying, never quite becoming a protagonist worth rooting for (this is not a hero’s story). In a scary scene, Freddy’s pet tortoise and maybe his best friend, Hardy, watches as Freddy does an awkward dance routine that doesn’t seem to go with anything else.
Kainaz (Alaya F), a lady who is stuck in an abusive marriage, plays the role of the antagonist in this story. In the “Why don’t you leave?” league, Freddy fires out a few queries at you in rapid succession. Again, a line of messaging that could have delved into the complicated nature of violent relationships and the agency that women hold is left hangingreddy fires out a few queries at you in rapid succession. Again, a line of messaging that could have delved into the complicated nature of violent relationships and the agency that women hold is left hanging. This time, the line of messaging is left hanging loose because it was left unfinished.
Even while Alaya F’s performance as Kainaz is credible for the most part, her character quickly becomes, at best, two-dimensional. The actor frequently matches Aaryan’s level of enthusiasm, which makes their interactions together in the second part of the movie extremely compelling. Time will tell whether or not Alaya F has what it takes to become a classic Bollywood femme fatale.
The tale that goes on beyond the main characters is where director Shashanka Ghosh’s movie falls short, and that’s the problem. The majority of the supporting characters are stereotypes (one of them is called “protein shake” due to the fact that he has an impressive physique), and they don’t have a significant amount of backstory to support their positions in the plot. The two women who play a significant role in Freddy’s life, his aunts, have no significant role in the plot other than to question and encourage him.
During the course of the show, both Kainaz and Freddy become manipulative and sneaky, but they quickly start acting like they have never seen an episode of Crime Patrol.