Zid (transl. Obstinance) is a 2014 Bollywood erotic thriller film directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Anubhav Sinha. The film stars Karanvir Sharma, Mannara and Shraddha Das in principal roles.
It received grossly negative reviews from critics.
Rohan “Ronnie” Achrekar (Karanvir Sharma), a crime reporter with a Goa-based newspaper called ‘The Daily’, is being questioned by his newspaper’s editor Karan (Mohan Kapoor) and the area’s deputy superintendent of police (Rajeev Saxena). He tells them that with the editor’s help, he had rented an apartment in his friend’s outhouse located in a remote part of Goa. The place looks haunted and the owner is a paralyzed, wheelchair-bound, elderly man who is the father of a young girl, Maya (Mannara Chopra). Maya falls in love upon seeing Ronnie, who is recovering from his breakup with ex-girlfriend Priya (Shraddha Das), who moved to London.
Maya phones her sister to reveal her feelings for Ronnie and steals a picture of Ronnie out of his photo-frame. She also happens to spot a picture of herself on his desktop, and this makes her think that he is likewise in love with her. This is not the case. It was only by chance that Ronnie had randomly snapped the picture during his ferry ride while traveling to the new place, before he had even met her. Ronnie is not in love with her, but he thinks she is strange and cute, so he plans a date-night at a nightclub. There, he bumps into Nancy (Seerat Kapoor), Priya’s step-sister. Maya is upset when Ronnie and Nancy begin dancing together.
On their way back from the nightclub, Ronnie drives drunk and their SUV collides with a scooter driven by Nancy. Due to the impact, Nancy falls off the road and rolls down a slope. Ronnie panics and turns hysterical, while the cool and composed Maya, who is a trained nurse, rushes to save the girl. Maya announces that Nancy is dead, and persuades Ronnie to flee the scene so that the two of them can avoid getting caught.
The next morning, Nancy is found dead, the accident is all over the news, and the Goan cops are on the case. Ronnie, while all the time afraid that he might be caught, finds himself involved in the case in strange ways. For one thing, his ex-girlfriend, Priya, comes back to India from London to hunt for her sister Nancy’s killers. Then again, as a journalist, Ronnie is ordered by his boss (the editor) to go to the crash site and report on all aspects of the incident. He does as he is told, and during his work, he meets Inspector Moses (Denzil Smith), who suspects that Priya killed Nancy for her share of the family inheritance and that Ronnie is Priya’s partner-in-crime. Meanwhile, Maya continues to protect Ronnie. Ronnie had told his boss that his SUV is in the garage (for repairs), but Maya dumps it in a lake so that no one can trace it. She even takes him to the spot and shows him the immersed SUV in the lake.
Investigations reveal that Nancy would have lived even after she was hit by the car, but someone had strangled her. Priya visits Ronnie at his outhouse and requests him to help her find the murderer. On her return trip, her brakes fail and she crashes, but is not hurt. Soon, Priya and Ronnie warm up to each other again. Ronnie even excuses himself from Maya’s birthday dinner so that he can spend the night with Priya. Maya then finds out from Ronnie’s office that he is not there but is with Priya. Maya stalks them and finds Ronnie and Priya having sex. Before sneaking out, an angry Maya feeds Ronnie’s pet puppy Bobby to her pet alligator.
Priya finds out that Ronnie had been at the same bar and that he had even met Nancy the night she was killed. She feels cheated and betrayed. Priya also becomes suspicious of Maya, lands up at the outhouse and starts accusing Maya of everything – including Nancy’s murder. They get into a brawl. Maya calls Ronnie for help. Ronnie arrives but she attacks him on the head from behind and he suffers a black-out. Maya rushes to leave but finds Inspector Moses outside and kills him after he voices his suspicions that she is responsible for Nancy’s death. Ronnie wakes up and discovers a cabin with pictures of Maya, himself, Nancy, Priya, Moses, and even Bobby (the pet) on the walls, with red crosses on those who were dead. Maya reappears and reveals her role in the murders. She also tells him that she had previously killed her own sister by pushing her from the boat in a lake in a fit of jealousy.
Maya then blindfolds Ronnie and takes him to the top of a lighthouse that she called Maya’s Kingdom to exchange wedding vows with him. She tells him to make love to her and he obliges. All this is while Priya is dangling in mid-air on a suspended chair. Ronnie lights a cigarette and spills a glass of wine over it causing a fire to break out. Maya pulls the gun on him but Ronnie snatches the gun from her hand, which he could have done earlier too, and throws her off the lighthouse, leaving her dangling from the rod along with Priya. Ronnie manages to pull Priya on top of the lighthouse and saves her. After that they both try to save Maya, but she lets go and falls to her death into the deep waters.
The DSP is convinced by Ronnie’s story and tells him that he will be out on bail. In return, the editor promises to use the paper’s good relations with a government minister to stop the DSP’s upcoming transfer.
After the DSP and editor leaves, Ronnie starts laughing, and the movie goes into a flashback where everything supposedly done by Maya is shown to have been done by Ronnie. It is revealed that it was Priya and Ronnie’s plan to kill Nancy and get all property and put all blame on Maya, and that she truly loved him.
Karanvir Sharma as Ronnie
Mannara Chopra as Maya
Shraddha Das as Priya
Seerat Kapoor as Nancy
Denzil Smith as Inspector Moses
Mohan Kapoor as Newspaper Editor and Rohan’s friend Karan
Rajeev Saxena as DSP of Goa Police
Sanjay Kapoor as Psychiatrist
Satish Barwe as Maya’s disabled father
Harsh Murthi as Singer in the song “Mareez-E-Ishq” in a friendly appearance
Libert as Police Office in police station
Indal Raja as witness
Apoorva as young Maya
Archis Achrekar as electrician
Ben as Father in the graveyard
Vitesh as ferry owner
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