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Paresh Rawal, looking like a reject character from Mad Max 2, plays a man named Khan who lures Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Sia (Tena Desae) to Fiji to participate in a Web-based game show that will add 21 crore to their low bank balance if they truthfully answer a series of questions (why Fiji? Probably because that country’s tourism department invited the producers over).

 This is the kind of game in which the idea of an elimination round is taken very seriously. The more the money, the greater the danger. Vivaan gets slapped about, but not before he is forced to shave his wife’s head. Shorn of her tresses, Sia resembles a character from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. If there was ever a movie in need of an enhanced computer-generated imagery budget, it is this one.

Director Aditya Datt, working on a story idea by Shantanu and Sheershak, reserves his punch for the extended climax, which explains the game show host’s actions and proves that he isn’t a depraved escapee from the sets of Saw. Replace the crime that is being avenged in the movie with “gang rape" and you have a recipe for a vigilante movie that speaks to the times and attains more relevance than its filmmakers ever imagined.

Table No.21 released in theatres on Friday.

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