Radhika Apte is back to reclaim her spot as the OTT queen with a comedy thriller, Mrs Undercover. Directed by Anushree Mehta, the spy comedy also stars Sumeet Vyas and Rajesh Sharma in key roles. Apte, Vyas, and Sharma are well-known for their onscreen skills, so Mrs Undercover should have been a delight to watch. But it is flailing. Here’s our review of the movie.
A funnily unfunny mess
Right off the bat, we come face-to-face with a misogynistic serial killer who is known as the Common Man. He kills strong, independent women because they make him angry. Why? We never find out. The Common Man is a pain in the Kolkata Police’s ass and they have no luck catching him. He has made his way through quite a few bodies and is still eluding the cops. So, to catch him, the Special Forces revive their field agents, but everyone except one person is dead.
Mrs Undercover take you on a ride with Durga (Radhika Apte), a frazzled stay-at-home mom who used to be a trained Special Forces agent back in the day. Ten years ago, Durga was married off to Deb as a cover and then forgotten about. Chief Rangeela (Rajesh Sharma) is on a mission to convince Durga to get back in the ring. And this is where some of the best comedy and fun of the movie lies. Radhika Apte and Rajesh Sharma’s chemistry is amazing and it’s about the only thing worth looking forward to in the movie.
A huge manhole of a plot
Nothing in this movie is ever really explained. In fact, there are more holes in Mrs Undercover than on Delhi’s roads. Why does the Common Man brutally kill women? Why was Durga married off as a cover? She is just as clueless as we are, by the way. How is it that a woman who is so clumsy at home is the most sought-after agent? If there was an award for a spy who doesn’t know how to spy, Durga deserves it. She tails her mark so obviously, in one instance even taking her husband along, that one would question how this team is still functioning.
This movie should have stayed under cover and never seen the light of day, because there really is nothing in it. Mrs Undercover is so poorly written that even a powerhouse like Apte can’t save it. There is no character, let alone character development in the movie.
If you are thinking of giving this movie a shot, do it at your own risk. Mrs Undercover is now streaming on Zee5.
Can you watch it with family?: Yes, Mrs Undercover features mild violence only.
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