Mohit Chadda, Pavan Malhotra, Zakir Hussain, Viveck Vaswani, Shibani Bedi
I want to start off by saying that I'm no aviation expert, nor do I know much about air traffic control, how to be a pilot, and the general mechanics of an airplane. I imagine that many of the sequences in Flight defy gravity (much like superhero and thriller films do), so I won't break down whether or not something was realistic, because that takes away from the thrilling aspect of it all.
After creating a hubbub on all social media platforms with the motion poster and the iconic dialogue ‘Aaj marne ka mood nahi hai’, the much-anticipated trailer of Flight has been released. Starring Mohit Chadda in the lead, the edge of the seat thriller follows the journey of a business tycoon Ranveer Malhotra, who against all the odds, has to face deadly obstacles on a plane to survive. Directed by debutant director Suraj Joshi, the movie is being released by UFO Moviez and Reliance Entertainment.
Let's start off with a couple of things that I would have liked better in the film. A tighter second half, with some less theatrics in relation to some gravity-defying sequences would have made this an absolutely exceptional film. Regardless of all that though, we are left with a very good film. Why? The sheer conviction of the makers and writers of the film to do something different - there is a superhero kind of quality fo Mohit Chadda's character, Ranveer, who maintains a kind of charisma and charm throughout chaos that ensues around him. He maintains his character throughout, and while some may find the light humour in some very high-octane sequences jarring, I enjoyed that Ranveer stayed intact as himself, giving in to panic at times, but otherwise staying true to the soul of his character. I'll tell you why - when you only have yourself to rely on, there must be some internal humour in a hopeless situation. Situations in which you shake your head and laugh, helplessly, and you try to maintain some sanity in an otherwise uncontrollable situation. It lends a sense of realism, from my perspective, to Ranveer.
Mohit Chadda is definitely the star of the show, along with the director, production designer, sound designer, and writers. The SFX team deserves a huge kudos for making a film for Hindi cinema that looks good, feels good - and is packaged really well. And, just when you think the film is becoming predictable, it turns itself around, much like the aircraft and keeps you engaged. This one is highly recommended. Watch it for the sheer effort of the team, the conviction in the story, and the sheer newness of watching something like this as a part of Hindi cinema.