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‘Vodka Diaries’ review: a string of hammy characters

Snow clad mountains of Manali, a stagey show of love between a cop and his wife, some terrible bantering and practiced poetry lead us in to the world of Vodka Diaries where ACP Dikshit (Kay Kay Menon) is investigating a murder linked to a local club called Vodka Diaries. One murder leads to another, some corpses decide to come alive, the wife (Mandira Bedi) disappears and the investigating cop loses his cool and goes bonkers. Even his home doesn’t feel his own to him. A mysterious femme fatale (Raima Sen) decides to help him out with “main Sab theek kar dungi”. But does she?

Vodka Diaries
  • Director: Kushal Srivastava
  • Starring: Kay Kay Menon, Mandira Bedi, Raima Sen
  • Storyline: A cop in Manali, with a sidekick in tow, goes about investigating multiple murders that seem to be connected to a club called Vodka Diaries
  • Run time: 115 minutes

In an effort to be cool and quirky the film sinks into the shabby and the amateurish. The twists and turns of the plot are totally random, thrown in for the heck of it. There is some inane wordplay in the name of humour, all thanks to the cop’s sidekick. What is so funny about referring a dead body as “laash man sleeping” and oh yes, we do know about Last Man Standing. It all becomes a big muddle eventually in which some big talk happens—about psychological issues—and every actor tries to overact far more than the other. Even Menon, Sen and Bedi have to give in to hamming. And we had better not talk about the rest.

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