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Review: “Even Bajpayee’s Performance Couldn’t Save Mrs. Serial Killer From Sinking”

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First things first, ‘Mrs. Serial Killer‘ has a fascinating plot along with countless traces of darkness. Uttarakhand’s picturesque locations added a considerable degree of depth to the film’s premise, but some unbelievably shoddy scripting and direction ended up robbing the viewers of thrills and spills.

A couple of minutes into the film, we see Jacqueline Fernandes slashing a young girl’s throat (or so I believe). It had all the makings of a decent psychological thriller, and the film could have been a decent one-time watch because of the presence of an interesting, dark, and multi-layered plot. But, Mrs. Serial Killer, a directorial venture by Shirish Kunder, falls flat and dies a slow and painful death, thanks to some poor execution.

An Overview

A dedicated wife’s life turns upside down when her husband, a renowned gynaecologist, is arrested by authorities after six pregnant women are found murdered. Sona Mukerjee, the gynaecologist’s wife, leaves no stone unturned to prove her husband’s innocence. The rest of the story deals with the struggles of our leading lady.


The look and feel of the story seem quite promising for the first 10-15 minutes. Countless undertones of darkness can be seen ornamenting the film right from the first frame. If you love dark and gory, then this movie might be of interest to you. However, the story fails to hold your attention because of some shoddy screenplay. The moment you get the feeling that everything is going well, a bunch of irritating fight sequences barge into the frame out of nowhere. Also, there are too many petty tricks ornamenting Kunder’s film. One gets the feeling that he wanted to turn this one into a multi-layered murder mystery, but ended up creating a mishmash of epic proportions.

Moving on, there are sequences that appear nonsensical, to say the least. For instance, why, rather how, is Jacqueline running after her victim if she’s pregnant? There’s also a small fight sequence of sorts featuring a couple of pregnant women.


Kunder has roped in some of the best technicians. Ravi Chandran’s cinematography does make the frames look interesting. Those dark neon shades look captivating and rich. Our man behind the camera has done the best he could, but a couple of fight sequences (shown in slow-mo) end up testing your patience.

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Mohit Raina, who plays a no-nonsense cop (and Jacqueline Fernandes’ ex) tries hard to look convincing (and he does, but only at times). He has done a decent job in front of the camera, and looks rustic and badass. The sequences featuring him look fairly convincing. The good thing about him is: he hasn’t tried sticking his nose into too many things simultaneously.

Manoj Bajpayee looks convincing as the psycho surgeon and does his part quite effortlessly. He is the heart and soul of this shoddy thriller that takes far too much time to establish its characters. He makes the most of his screen time, despite an unbelievably shoddy script. He looks convincing, and you don’t feel like he is out of place. Also, the sinister look in his eyes is quite visible during the backend of the film. Alas! Even Bajpayee’s performance could not save this film from sinking.

Quite frankly, Jacqueline Fernandes comes across as a weakling. It appears as though all of the dialogues were forcefully stuffed into her mouth. She plays the role of a devoted dharam patni and can do anything in order to save her husband. Also, her Hindi sounds forced and unnatural. And why isn’t she wearing a pullover? It does get cold in Uttarakhand at night, doesn’t it?


The film had all the ingredients to become a dark and gory thriller, but Kunder’s direction couldn’t do justice to it. There are scenes and sequences that grab attention, but they are few and far between. The dark and gloomy undertones make the film look credible, but aren’t enough to cover up for the the perils of a shoddy script.

To top it all, Mrs. Serial Killer is a film that promises a lot but doesn’t deliver much. Rating: **/5

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