Vodka Diaries

Vodka Diaries is a 2018 Indian thriller film co-produced and directed by Kushal Srivastava. Set in contemporary Manali, the story revolves around a club called Vodka Diaries, where a few murders occur and their investigation is undertaken by the protagonist, ACP Ashwini Dixit. The film was produced under the banner of K'Scope Entertainment Pvt.Ltd. & Vishalraj Films & Production Pvt. Ltd. and released on 19 January 2018.[2][3]The movie was loosely based on the 2010 movie Shutter Island.[4]

Vodka Diaries
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKushal Srivastava
Produced by
Written byVaibhav Bajpai
Music bySongs
Sandesh Shandilya
Harry Anand
Background Music
Sanjoy Chowdhury
CinematographyManeesh Chandra Bhatt
Edited byAalaap Majgavkar
K'Scope Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Vishalraj Films & Production Pvt.Ltd
Distributed byAA FILMS
Release date
19 January 2018
Box office 1.26 crore[1]


A series of murders brings ACP Ashwini Dixit(Kay Kay Menon) and his junior colleague, Sub-Inspector Ankit Dayal(Sharib Hashmi) to the club Vodka Diaries in Manali. Three carefree and flirtatious young men are murdered on the same night in the presence of three mysterious women. Vodka Diaries seems to be at the centre of the mystery. The ACP arrives at the club to conduct interrogations and search for clues before the killer can strike again. As the investigation deepens, his wife Shikha(Mandira Bedi) goes missing. Ashwini tries to unravel the reason behind her disappearance.



Vodka Diaries
Soundtrack album by
Parvaaz Band, Sandesh Shandilya & Harry Anand
Released9 February 2018 (2018-02-09)[9]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack of Vodka Diaries has been composed by Parvaaz Band, Sandesh Shandilya and Harry Anand.

1."Beparwah"Khalid Ahamed and Kashif IqbalParvaazKhalid Ahamed05:44
2."Sakhi Ri"Aalok ShrivastavSandesh ShandilyaUstad Rashid Khan & Rekha Bhardwaj03:59
3."Heeriye"Harry AnandHarry AnandLabh Janjua & Shalmali Kholgade03:06
4."Angoor"Harry AnandHarry AnandHarry Anand03:25


Critical response

Rajeev Masand criticized the film saying that, "The gorgeous snow laden landscape of Manali is the setting for Vodka Diaries, which starts out as a whodunit, quickly turns into a psychological thriller, before it finally reveals itself to be a waste of time." and gave the film a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5.[10] Lasyapriya Sundaram of The Times of India appreciated the performances of the actors but criticized the poor writing saying that, "What works for the film are the performances by its lead actors. Kay Kay Menon, does the best he can with the material at hand. But even an accomplished performer like him cannot save a film that sounds conceptually good, but is derailed by its poor execution. The film's dialogue writing also leaves much to be desired. While the mystery should be intriguing in a suspense thriller, what remains a mystery is the lack of anything intriguing." and gave the film a rating of 2 stars out of 5.[11] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5 and said that, "On paper, Vodka Diaries, starring Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, Mandira Bedi, Sharib Hashmi, may have sounded like an engaging whodunit. But what we see is clearly not."[12] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave the film a rating of 2 stars out of 5 and said that, "Vodka Diaries is about under-utilised actors and losing a promising opening. It probably needed a more thorough approach."[13]

Awards and Nominations

  1. It was selected as Official selection in 9th Jagaran Film festival. Mayank Shekhar was the festival director for the festival who selected the film.
  2. It was nominated at Next Big Thing Film Festival 2018 USA as Best Feature Film category.


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