Hit: The First Case Movie Review: Rajkumar Rao Adds Gravity To The Plodding Criminal Thriller

Rajkummar Rao acting leads you to believe in his reality, and even the minor melodrama is understandable because of him.

Star Cast

  • Rajkumar Rao as Vikram, a police detective
  • Sanya Malhotra as Neha, a forensic expert


  • Dr Sailesh Kolanu

Duration of the movie: 2 hours 15 minutes

First, let’s talk about the storyline:

  • HIT (Homicide Intervention Team) investigator Vikram (Rajkummar Rao), haunted by glimpses of a horrible past, is forced to set aside his fights when two women go missing under unexplained scenarios. 
  • Preeti, a college girl, vanishes after her vehicle breaks down on a Jaipur expressway, and Vikram’s girlfriend, forensic expert Neha (Sanya Malhotra), is also missing. Is there a link between the two instances, and who is to blame?

Film Review

  • There has been a trend in recent South films to feature chain-smoking troubled intellectuals as protagonists, and this adaptation is no exception.
  • As Arjun Reddy, the jilted lover, was an experienced alcoholic surgeon, Vikram (Rajkummar Rao) is an anxious investigator who prospers at work despite his repeated nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • HIT, on the other hand, does not celebrate its hero’s experience. Despite his brilliance, it takes courage to declare him ‘unfit’ for his critical fieldwork. Vikram’s quiet courage and logical reasoning abilities, rooted in anguish, keep you involved, if not on the edge of your chair.
  • Two years after his Telugu original of the same name, Sailesh Kolanu remakes his movie in Hindi with a different cast and locale.
  • The police process is now taking place in Rajasthan rather than Telangana. Besides a change in the climax, Kolanu keeps the character names and the tale.
  • This was a logical change given how rapidly spoilers for whodunits can be released. Because Vikram’s prior trauma is not disclosed here, expect additional sequels to this narrative.
  • HIT avoids preconceptions to a large part, but it also succumbs to them.
  • A beautiful love song, for example, must be followed by a terrible event involving the lead actress.
  • The treatment is straightforward and honest, yet it does not transfer into a gripping, gritty thriller.
  • The film is more of a wandering, leisurely criminal thriller with a fascinating build-up but an unsatisfying ending.
  • As we relax into Kolanu’s tumultuous environment, the tension rises. However, the plot struggles to tie loose ends, and the events building up to the significant reveal don’t match up.
  • With numerous suspects involved, the rationale of the one guilty appears absurd and far-fetched.
  • The puerile finale undermines the unpredictability built in the first half, and the gay track is shamefully misappropriated.
  • Aerial images of the expressway, ambiguous looks, Vikram’s worry, and his destructive interaction with an arrogant coworker (Jatin Goswami) all contribute to the heaviness of the proceedings.
  • Rajkummar Rao adds gravity to the plodding criminal thriller. He has the power to elevate jumbled writing and does so again here. Despite the missteps, he keeps you on his team. HIT is primarily a hit-or-miss proposition.

What’s satisfactory

  • Rajkummar Rao acting leads you to believe in his reality, and even the minor melodrama is understandable because of him. Half of the narrative is also pretty amazing.

What’s terrible

  • The payoff for putting in so much effort. It might have been more detailed and edged.