Whatever be the career progression of Abhay Deol, one thing is for sure that he is one young guy who wants to do things different from ordinary. His repertoire of films like SOCHA NA THA, AHISTA AHISTA, HONEYMOON TRAVELS PTVT. LTD., EK CHALIS KI LAST LOCAL and now MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER more than proves that.
A twisted thriller narrated in noir format, the film has yet another debutant director (nothing new for Abhay though!), Navdeep Singh, at the helm. He sets the film in Rajasthan and attaches an interesting tagline to the film - In the desert, nothing is what it seems!
This is what brings an interesting angle to this film which comes with a unique plot. That's because one gets an impression there and then that this is not going to be an ordinary cinematic outing. Especially so when a film has a middle class Government Engineer as a lead protagonist who also dabbles in writing detective stories. He is Satyaveer Singh, in short SV [Abhay Deol], who is trying to keep his interest alive in creating detective fiction in spite of a flop novel named 'Manorama' behind him.
Even as he and his wife Nimmi [Gul Panag] try to make their ends meet with him working as an Engineer and also writing occasional mystery stories for magazines and his wife running a beauty parlor, deep inside SV still nurtures ambitions of doing something big in the world of mystery and intrigue.
He gets an opportunity to do that when Mrs. P.P. Rathod [Sarika] approaches him with a case. The subject? Spy on her husband Mr. P.P. Rathod [Kulbhushan Kharbanda]! Was it going to be an easy job? Certainly not because Rathod was not one ordinary man. He was a local politician who could sense someone acting smart form a large distance.
Nevertheless, SV accepts the challenge and does his job convincingly. End of story? Not yet. Because soon he realized that during this act of his, he was himself involved in a world which comprised of deceit, power, greed and a murder most foul.
Mrs. P.P. Rathod was found dead. But this itself was not the most troublesome factor in SV's life. Instead he also realized that she was not actually whom she claimed to be. She was someone else and the world seemed a lot different from what it appeared from a distance. He also had to find out the role that Inspector Brijmohan [Vinay Pathak] and Sheetal [Raima Sen] had to play in the entire episode!
SV had to solve this mystery. And he had to do this for his own benefit because his own life was threatened by the ongoing happenings.
Would he be able to find out the truth?
Produced by Shemaroo Entertainment with music by Jayesh Gandhi and Raiomond Mirza, MANORAMA SIX FEET UNDER releases all over this Friday i.e. 21st September.