Banners: Phantom, Viu
Producers: Nickhil Jakatdar, Arun
Prakash, Vikas Behl, Vikramaditya
Motwane, Madhu Mantena
Director: Akarsh Khurana
Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Mantra Mugdh,
Sonnalli Seygall, Kumud Mishra,
Priyanshu Painyuli, Shiv Kumar
Writers: Adhir Bhat, Akarsh Khurana
Music: Nucleya, Shwetang Shankar &
Slowcheeta, Rajat Tiwari, Anurag Saikia
Movies set against the backdrop of a plane hijack can be edge-of-the-seat thrillers, and the action, drama and suspense have potential to be a thrilling cinematic experience. But the team of High Jack decided to go the comedy way for their film. An unsuccessful DJ, a group of disgruntled employees-turned-hijackers, a suitcase with gold biscuits and a stash of drugs… all aboard a plane of a soon-to-be defunct airline. This is the premise of High Jack.
Rakesh lands in Goa hoping to make some big bucks off a DJ gig. But much to his disappointment, the event is a sham. In desperate need of money Rakesh, in an inebriated state, agrees to carry drugs aboard an Udaan Air flight from Goa to New Delhi. He comes to his senses on the flight but now it is too late as he has the drugs on him.
Also on the flight are four employees of Udaan Air. Led by Vinit, a security officer of Udaan Air, they are here to hijack the plane and lay their hands on a consignment of gold bars. This gold is to be paid as a bribe to top politicians by Nambiar, the owner of Udaan Air, to save his airline from going bankrupt while the hijackers want to use the gold to help Udaan Air employees who are going to be laid off.
But the hijack does not go as planned. An accidental death on the aircraft and the presence of another security officer creates chaos. When Rakesh manages to drug all the passengers, the hijack turns into one big rave party. Do the hijackers get caught? What happens to all the gold? How are the rest of the passengers affected by the incident? All this forms the rest of the story.
As a concept, High Jack sounds funny and the story is definitely interesting. What lets the film down is the way it is executed. The scenes seem unnecessarily long, especially Rakesh’s drug-induced hallucinations. The songs are a good listen and do not seem to hinder the narrative. What could have been one hilarious plane ride ends up being a bumpy one with a few laughs here and there.
Performance-wise, Sumeet Vyas as DJ Rakesh is sincere. He delivers a convincing performance based on what is offered to him. Mantra as Vinit, the man leading the hijackers, is okay. Sonnalli Seygall as the co-pilot of the plane is good. Kumud Mishra, who plays one of the passengers, and Shiv Kumar Subramaniam as Nambiar, are wasted. Known names from Marathi cinema such as Amey Wagh and Nipun Dharmadhikari are underutilised.