A fleet thriller with a puzzle twist

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Legal is both a loose remake of the Malayalam film of the same name and a review of it. Director Vishal Furia’s Hindi version improves on the best elements of the original film – gruesome crime, shocking twists, fleeting pacing – but also packs an equally absurd twist.

Young girls go missing on their birthdays in Mussoorie, only to find themselves as mutilated corpses. Police officer Megha (Radhika Apte) reluctantly accepts the services of Johnny (Vikrant Massey), a medical examiner and her ex-boyfriend, to investigate the crime.

Megha and Johnny are also related in another way: their older siblings were married until they were separated by tragedy. As a result, Johnny’s brother Abhay (Rohit Bose Roy) was unable to meet his daughter Aanaya (Harbandana Kaur).

Like its source material, the ZEE5 release offers you to suspend disbelief and follow the course of events. Megha’s troubles increase when the corpses continue to pile up even after the alleged kidnapper is arrested. Johnny’s forensic research and some practical developments lead him and Megha to the culprit.

Vikrant Massey has fun playing Johnny as a good-natured and irreverent investigator. He’s certainly more relaxed than poor Radhika Apte, again playing the overworked worker.

The cast includes Prachi Dave as a psychiatrist and Vindu Dara Singh as Megha’s loyal assistant. The ending hints at a franchise in the making. Hopefully the next movie’s plot will be more compelling?

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