Mrs. Serial Killer Review: Manoj Bajpayee is the only reason to sit through this convoluted Netflix thriller

Mrs. Serial Killer Review: Shirish Kunder's crime thriller starring Jacqueline Fernandez, Manoj Bajpayee, Mohit Raina, Darshan Jariwala and Zayn Marie Khan is low on the thrill and has several plotholes.
Mrs. Serial Killer Review: Manoj Bajpayee is the only reason to sit through this convoluted Netflix thrillerMrs. Serial Killer Review: Manoj Bajpayee is the only reason to sit through this convoluted Netflix thriller
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Movie Name: Mrs. Serial Killer

Mrs. Serial Killer Director: Shirish Kunder

Mrs. Serial Killer Cast: Jacqueline Fernandez, Manoj Bajpayee, Mohit Raina, Darshan Jariwala and Zayn Marie Khan.

Extraction Stars: 2/5

A new month, a new movie to watch on Netflix. Amid the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, we've been turning towards the OTT platform for entertainment support. Last month, the platform released several interesting originals which include Money Heist season 4 and Extraction, among other releases. As the new month starts, the platform turns the thriller mode on with Mrs. Serial Killer. The crime thriller sees Shirish Kunder back on the director's seat after a long break. The filmmaker last helmed a short film back in 2016 titled Kriti which starred Manoj Bajpayee in the lead. 

For his directorial return, he reunited with Bajpayee and brought Jacqueline Fernandez, Mohit Raina and Zayn Marie in tow. As the trailer already revealed, Mrs. Serial Killer revolves around Sona, played by Fernandez, who is out to prove that her husband Dr. Mrityunjoy Mukerjee, played by Bajpayee, is not the serial killer who has killed five women. In order to save him, Sona goes to the extent of kidnapping and recreating the death in the same style as the serial killer to prove that the murderer is still out there. 

Sona follows the pattern: Hunts for a victim who is pregnant but isn't married. Yes, our serial killer is moral police who targets women who do not follow societal protocols. Following a series of unfortunate events, Sona captures her victim and rescues her husband. However, the story does not end there. Shirish takes us back down the memory lane of many cliche Bollywood thrillers and bowls googlies of twists in the climax. 

While I am not going to indulge in uncovering the movie's twists and turns, I will tell you that Mrs. Serial Killer brings back the Bollywood masala thrillers that we thought we've said goodbye to. The first half of the film is extremely convoluted. As Shirish tries to lay the loose strings and sets up subplots that are meant to tie up in the climax, he gets entangled in his own mystery. As he journeys to the finish line, he leaves behind a trail of loopholes that keeps you guessing. Most problems and solutions seem convenient, thus leaving behind a not-so-convincing plotline. 

Although Fernandez tries hard to shoulder the movie with minimal support from Bajpayee in the first half, her weak performance cannot be overlooked. The only time that I was invested in her character what when she got into a chase sequence with Zayn Marie Khan. The portion was entertaining and their banter kept the pace going. When Sona says, "Ye kahani ab khatam hone waali hai," I thank my lucky stars for finally, the end is nearing. Shirish obviously kept the best for the last. As the movie starts driving to the climax, Shirish places Manoj in the epicenter and soon, you are engrossed in the events unfolding in the finale. Although it falls flat with the predictability kicks in. 

There comes a portion in the climax when, for a moment, Manoj reminded me of the movie Split, starring James McAvoy. If ever a movie like Split is made in India, Bollywood should definitely consider Manoj to headline it. Though Jacqueline couldn't fully come through for Manoj, Darshan Jariwala supported his performance well. Playing the defense lawyer, Jariwala had limited screen time but he made the best of it. 

But I wondered, why did they have to give Jariwala an Adams Family inspired mansion? And what was with the elaborate home hospital set up? All for someone who has experienced a cardiac arrest? It definitely looked over-the-top! Mohit Raina plays the inspector in-charge of the case. While there are some portions in the movie that let him be in the spotlight, there are other places courtesy the script, that makes him look unbelievable. Which cop doesn't fight back a man who just snatched your gun? Zayn Marie shows potential in the movie. The actress, although a tad overdramatic in a few scenes, manages to keep your attention and invest in her character gradually. I definitely want to see her in an action role someday. 

Bottom line: Mrs. Serial Killer is a hotchpotch of a thriller that reminds you of the cliche Bollywood masala thrillers. If you consider watching it, watch it for Manoj Bajpayee. 

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Anonymous 2 months ago

Manoj Bajpayee was great in the movie. The film should have been bit more tidier in editing and narration to giving bit of substance to the characters. Jacqueline was good she was much better in the second half because she was not doing the shouldering the movie entirely alone, which she did in the first half. She was good in the second half no hiding against Manoj. Keep it up the good work Jacqueline ( not worried about her accent, if this accent argument goes many Indians actors never appear in international films or cinema unless they play Indian characters. Because we have an accent which is hard to get over, sometimes terrible. Please do not say you do not have.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jacqueline please do us a favor and leave acting. Become a full time dancer like Nora Fatehi and you can take up roles related to dancing like Nora did with Street Dancer. Please stop destroying movies.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I am sure you are Katrina's fan. I do not think Katrina can do 10% what Jacqueline did in the movie, that is a fact. At least Jaqueline has guts to take up the challenge. Katrina still hides behind the big names and male stars

Anonymous 2 months ago

jaqualine is gud in this crime thriller, since she was not so good in few films, don't be judgemental, she acted very well. and this movie is far better than many superstars films, atleast better than Sanju etc and all

Anonymous 2 months ago

He is the same guy who directed Joker and tees maar khan I think nepotism is at its peak There are several web series and short films which are better then this What happened to Manoj Bajpai He is looking to slim and unhealthy Its total waste When you have tasted blood they are serving you nothing

Anonymous 2 months ago

JF makes a fashion statement with her scarves and ponytails .she's immaculately made up with lashes and lip pumpers all the time .

Anonymous 2 months ago

Please don’t tell me the director is the same man who made Joker? Who ever gave him this chance to make a movie or series?

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jacqueline you are very good in this film . Please take meatier role and on the right path. You can see she definitely invested some time and effort for this film. Emote really well, actions and chasing sequence was great.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I think it is overall nice movie. Screen writing should have been bit more with twists rather more apparent that who is the culprit. Manoj has played his role convincingly and to my surprise Jacqueline played her role well after little hiccups at the beginning. She emote well in her character more darker, aggressive role. Further she had to performed against one of the finest in the cinema Manoj Bajpayee. For me her Hindi diction is vastly improve as a Netflix fan I am not looking for person who speaks perfect Hindi , we are now global citizens and watching global cinema.( So bit ridiculous when your look for characters speaking perfect Hindi) What matters is surprisingly she dialogues and emotions she display in the scenes are compatible.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jacky has the potential but she lacks self belief and self confidence when a performance is required and where it requires her to step out of her comfort zone and not use her se***lity. I reckon that acting course she did in LA to gain self confidence and legitimacy as an actor only helped her to make a different choice. Hope she believes in herself and take up more acting projects.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Yes legitimacy and confidence gained from being good at what you do. It was a good decision to go for acting course which has payed her off well. She is comfortable in this role. She definitely has potential.

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