Neeyat movie review: Vidya Balan’s murder mystery is unoriginal, familiar – A colorful billionaire invites a group of friends to his island for a gathering filled with fun and games. However, things take a sinister turn when someone is mysteriously killed, and a clever investigator arrives to solve the case.
If this premise sounds familiar, you might be thinking of “Knives Out 2,” but in the case of “Neeyat,” picture a wealthy Indian billionaire with a salt-and-pepper beard, resembling a real-life tycoon on the run. Change the sunny island to a Scottish castle with looming storm clouds, and you have “Neeyat.” Despite the filmmakers’ claim that it’s not a “Knives Out” rip-off, the resemblance is hard to ignore.
That being said, the first half of this whodunit moves swiftly, introducing a diverse cast of characters, each with their own motives for potential murder.
Ram Kapoor portrays Ashish Kapoor, also known as AK, the charismatic tycoon harboring numerous secrets. Joining him at the castle are his loyal confidante K (Amrita Puri), his old friend (Neeraj Kabi) and wife (Dipannita Sharma), his new girlfriend (Shahana Goswami), his troubled son battling addiction (Shashank Arora) and his son’s girlfriend (Prajakta Koli), as well as his trusted healer and her small dog (Niki Walia).
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The ensemble is completed by an event manager (Danesh Razvi) left in charge, until a CBI officer (Vidya Balan) arrives from India with the intention of extraditing the billionaire.