STORY: After a successful brain surgery on MLA Shelar’s (Kashish Rai) mother, Scotland-bred neurosurgeon Dr. Brij Diwan (Adam Saini) attends a puja at Shelar’s home with his beautiful daughter Taniya (Khushboo Purohit). That visit turns out to be a life-altering event for both the fathers as the lives of their children are at stake.
REVIEW: Born and raised in Scotland, Taniya has been meaning to visit Mumbai for a while now. And when her father is flown to the Maximum City for a critical brain surgery, Taniya tags along for a two-day visit. Once the surgery is successfully carried out, a grateful MLA Shelar invites the duo over to his house for a puja he had kept for his mother’s speedy recovery. The lives of Diwans and Shelars take a drastic turn when the Shelar boys (and their friends) rape not only their own adopted sister Asha (Kashish Rai) but also Taniya. Will these bratty brothers evade justice? If yes, then how far will the fathers go to protect their offspring?
Manish Vatssalya’s ‘Scotland’ was in the running for this year’s Oscars Best Feature Category and we do get why: the alarming issue of rape and perpetrators walking away scot-free is more relevant now than ever. However, the script, dialogues and the overall execution of this social drama is shoddy from the very start. As NRIs, one would expect the Diwans to have a certain kind of accent but there is inconsistency in the way they speak and that makes it hard for the viewers to find the central characters relatable. If the makers have actually shot the movie in Scotland, none of it makes it to the final cut and that’s just plain disappointing, especially for a movie which is titled after that beautiful country.
The plotline has no major twists and turns and is more or less treading in one straight line – first is the crime, then the betrayal and finally exacting revenge from the wrongdoers. ‘Scotland’ lacks depth in terms of storytelling and the actors should have honed their acting skills before taking up a project as sensitive as this.