Missing, directed by Mukul Abhyankar and starring Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee is a mystery thriller that is too messily and predictably plotted to engage the viewers and it has not much directorial flair to pass as an exercise. However, Tabu and Manoj Bajpayee are still great together, and its their performances, which while not as great as their previous work, still keeps the audience from dozing off. The plot involves the disappearance of a child while her parents are busy, it then devolves into the blame game, guilt, suspicion and much more. But the plot twists aren’t anything new, and the movie begins to drag after a while as the clues become senseless and the characters behave irrationally, which also becomes irritating since they’re so unlikable.
Mukul creates some intriguing moments, but his grasp on the plot is not well monitored and there are some unintentionally hilarious moments in the movie, which could have been done better with a more assured director.
Annu Kapoor, another brilliant director, has some great moments and does his part well as the skeptical cop. Tabu is very strong in her emotional scenes, but this isn’t something new for the masterful actress. Manoj has some moments in which looks uncomfortable, and could’ve used much more strong directorial vision to make an impact in the more emotional parts. Still the trio is better than most movies and if you decide to watch the movie, it should be for them.