By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 4 April 2008
Milind Soman, Dino Morea, Sheetal Menon, Simone Singh
Assuming this plot must have sounded reasonably bearable story on paper, the film fails in its execution and the bizarre final minutes of the film. The climax is convoluted, it?s the typical film ending where all the main characters are present and emotional dialogues are exchanged for the longest time. Here you also have thundering skies atop a Manali mountain, and the culprit Dev confessing he raped his own girlfriend (Namrata) when she resisted running away with him, which indirectly led to her death. `I loved her. Maine Aisa Kya Gunah Kiya Hai??, he asks his dazed wife, bro and victim?s sis. Really, now!
Performance wise everybody is so-so; you?re neither impressed by anyone?s work, neither grudge them the screen presence. Sheetal Menon as the perennially high supermodel is an emotive actress, but suits this particular role well. The character writing is average, but Antara?s character has been fleshed out interestingly. She has many ranges ? she?s the smoking, drinking, moody, even eccentric, supermodel who has it in her to sleep with multiple partners as well. Yet, she?s also the girl tenderly in love; and also the strong woman who wants to fight for her sister.
The technical aspect has been given importance here. The back-and-forth storytelling and novel transitions to the next shot are interesting. Also is refreshing, even if jarring, the unabashed abuse-laden lingo, the staple of young talk today, especially in the industry the film talks about. Songs are just about ok.
You can safely shut eyes and skip this illusion.
Verdict: One and a half stars out of five