Alice Oscura – Featured Writer
Mrs. Serial Killer is an Indian crime-thriller in the Hindi language. The film is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by his wife Farah Khan.
What would you be willing to do to prove your spouse’s innocence of a heinous crime?
The story follows Mrs. Sona Mukerjee (Jacqueline Fernandez) whose husband Dr. Mrityunjoy “Joy” Mukerjee (Manoj Bajpayee), a once respected gynaecologist, has been arrested and accused of being the main suspect in a serial killer case where all six victims are young, pregnant unmarried women. Sona believes that her husband is innocent and he is being framed by her ex-boyfriend, Inspector Imran Shahid (Mohit Raina). She seeks advice from a famous lawyer Mr. Rastogi (Darshan Jariwala) for whom Joy did a favour years ago.
Rastogi’s twisted advice to her, however, is to make the police and public believe that the real serial killer is still at large by following the modus operandi of the real killer. The only problem is that Sona is no killer and when she finally choses her victim, Anushka (Zayn Marie Khan), some slight comedic moments ensue due to her awkwardness of planning.
I have to say the two leads Fernandez and Baypayee really do a great job with a script that is sub-par. This is a perfect example at how talented actors can take a script and breathe some life and dimensions into the characters, whilst still adding a bit of dark satire to show just how textbook a thriller Mrs. Serial Killer really is. It is a movie that not only makes fun of itself, but also knows how to pull the audience back into the dark side by using the shock factors. You get a few close-up shots of the gruesome looking dead bodies and the reason that the victims were chosen in the first place is particularly disturbing.
Also if it were me and my lawyer suggested that I do something like that, I would definitely be looking at that dude sideways from then on, because no normal person, especially a professional, would suggest such a thing to a client! But, for the movie’s sake I let it slide. The ex-boyfriend’s character is not fleshed out enough in my opinion because a lot of effort was put more into Sona’s efforts with Anushka. However, there is a decent twist in the ending that I thought was a nice touch. But again, the reveal would have had a deeper impact with the audience if the Inspector’s backstory itself was developed a slight bit. During the movie, it does bring into question the sanity of each character where I believe that all of them were a bit psycho in their own way, which just adds the fuel to the story and why we are never bored. The film is quite a psychotic ride of the descent into darkness and madness.
The set designs are very colorful and the lighting environment for the maternity hospital scenes are very captivating. The suspense keeps you engaged during the movie and it has so many twists that makes it remarkably interesting. Surprised to see how much Indian cinema has evolved. It is available now on Netflix with English audio and English subtitles.
Alice’s Score: 7 out of 10
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Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump.
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