Murder. They wrote. The ‘They’ in this case being Mr Maverick’s (Anurag Kashyap) team of 12. And this murderous plot comes in 12 different parts – all found on a body part.
Act I begins on the scene of a gruesome crime. A mutilated body soaked in blood and dotted with 12 clues that set the cops on-the-run, cracking the case across 12 cities in India. Each clue more baffling than the other, sometimes uncovering facts, sometimes burying the truth further. The movie traverses through Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Kalyan, Hissar, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Gwalior, Delhi and Mumbai, stumbling upon myriad characters – quirky, comical, eccentric, and defiant – in unpredictable situations. Encountering people like authors and aghori babas, teachers and transsexuals, cops and psychiatrists.
The caustic humour in the Kalyan story, the cliff-hanger climax of the Ghaziabad story, the rustic flavour and poetic puzzles in Kolkata’s kahaani, the ghazab twist in the Delhi story, the hard-hitting realism of the Hissar angle, are some of the moments that leave you stunned. Though some plots are so radical and quirky that they add more minutes than mystery to the story.
Conceptualized by Anurag Kashyap, ‘ The Last Act‘, roped in 12 first-time directors to make 12 short-films that form a part of the same feature film. Every director brings in his own style to this montage-of-mysteries, in most parts it’s riveting, leaving you entangled in a web of curious cases. There are truck-loads of actors (not all from mainstream cinema), who perform their bit well, intensifying the plot as they go along. In the second half, the thrill goes thanda in some moments, and you’re desperately waiting for the suspense to explode. Of course, with a dozen clues to deconstruct, even good ‘ol Sherlock Holmes, Poirot and our desi Agent Vinod would be straining their brains.
With a unique concept at hand and an all-new directors’ gang, getting the ‘act together’ is no mean feat. Team of 12 – Take a bow, this stage is all yours.
One freak murder. A bloody trail of 12 clues leading to 12 different cities. And one Last Act that reveals all.
If the quirky and the quizzical doesn’t make you bite your nails, this twisted tale isn’t your cuppa curiosity!