JL50 review: Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur’s sci-fi mystery gets a smooth landing

India has been famously shy of science fiction, particularly when they’re home-bred. The fault maybe lies with the makers who get so busy with the shining lights and fancy gizmos when experimenting with this style that logic goes lacking.

JL50 hopes to subvert that development. Originally made as a science fiction film, JL50 has now landed on SonyLiv as a net sequence and options a stellar solid together with Abhay Deol, Piyush Mishra, Ritika Anand and Pankaj Kapur in lead roles. A novel experiment in a method, JL50 explores time journey through Indian mythology. To guarantee that the viewers isn’t misplaced in all of the heavy phrases, the filmmaker slap on emotion and an intriguing mystery too.

JL 50 follows a CBI officer, Shantanu Das (Abhay), who’s tasked with investigating a aircraft crash. It turns into a high secret mission as they understand that the aircraft that crashed someplace in northern Bengal took off from a Kolkata (then Calcutta) airport 35 years in the past. Piyush and Pankaj essay the roles of scientists who’re alleged to carry readability to this difficult puzzle.

Abhay is the investigator with a previous that hangs heavy over him. When Pankaj suggests time journey is how a aircraft crashed three and a half many years after it took off, Abhay refuses to imagine him, concluding as a substitute that the whole accident is being staged with an ulterior motive behind it.


One of JL50’s strengths is the way it brings a uniquely Indian perspective to the idea of time journey. The present forays into science fiction with out making an attempt to kowtow to how Hollywood has all the time introduced it to us. The result’s a actual India unique science fiction function, not like what we’ve largely had within the title of movies made underneath the style.

Director Shailendra brings in Emperor Ashoka, his peace treaties and a few extra Indian historical past so as to add the desi contact. One of the most effective moments of the present comes when Pankaj delivers a speech in regards to the time warp India is caught in, getting in an opinion as properly. He says we refuse to simply accept what India has to supply, focussing as a substitute on the ‘mandir-masjid, Hindu-Muslim, andhvishwas’. Emphasising on the necessity for scientific temperament, he says, “If we spot an object in the sky, we fold our hands and begin worshipping it. We do not ask what, why, how?”

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JL50 may additionally discover takers in those that don’t care a lot about quantum physics and science fiction however love thrillers. In the spirit of Dark, the science comes enveloped in a mystery that retains you hooked. Written and directed by Shailendra Vyas, JL50 affords an attention-grabbing story, modern fusion of Indian storytelling with science fiction and good performances from the whole solid. However, it’s within the execution that the movie fails very often. We spot inconsistencies within the milieu, language and accent of the characters as they oscillate from the 1980s to 2019. The twists are additionally fairly predictable, however well-explained. JL50 will not be flawless,nevertheless it actually is an intriguing, gripping thriller that can be a exceptional step within the sci-fi style in India.

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