7 February 2021 | msunando
It should have been called Lahore Complicity actually
An art loving, poetry crossed, naive RAW agent Ananya (Richa Chadha) is sent to Pakistan as the Indian High Commissioner based in Lahore with the mission of finding out who funds terrorist attacks back home. Initially reluctant for the most obvious reasons, the spinster suddenly realizes that that every cloud has a silver lining, as she can pursue her research on young Urdu poets of Pakistan. Upon reaching Lahore, she meets another RAW agent Yukti (Karishma Tanna) who has positioned herself as a high society bombshell to scout for information. Yukti introduces Ananya to Rauf Kazmi (Arunoday Singh), an event organiser, a smooth talking, art loving hunk, who claims that he lost his parents and siblings in the Pearl Continental Hotel blast and lives alone in a Palace with an old man servant only. It doesn't take our leading lady any more than two meetings and a drive with Rauf to realise that she is bubbling with the pheromones and fall head over heels in love with him.
The naivety doesn't end here. Ananya, the otherwise super smart RAW agent easily volunteers highly confidential information to Rauf, and also helps him copy further data from the Indian Commission's computer systems. Each time, Rauf convinces her that he is actually eliminating people who are behind terror plots and Ananya complies as she dreams of a happy life in some overly, far away island where they will remain untraceable. By the time she is labelled a traitor, and yet given the liberty to make amends by the Indian intelligence, she does set the equations right, all by herself.
Lahore Confidential is a heap of rubbish, absolutely inconceivable plot directed by Kunal Kohli. That senior RAW agents can be so naive and vulnerable, is actually undermining the much vaunted research and analysis wing, as also the profession of these agents anywhere in the world. The story is super weak, highly predictable and barely engaging. Richa Chadha is unflinchingly unapologetic, unfit for the profile of a secret agent and her demeanor replicates that of impressionable college kids eager to learn something new. In contrast, Arunoday Singh and Karishma Tanna are impressive and execute their respective roles with elan. On the positive side, the backdrop of the city is beautiful and the running time of just 68 minutes is appreciable. We couldn't endure any more than this, for heaven's sake.