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Table No. 21 brings something good to the table

Table No 21
Aditya Datt
Paresh Rawal, Rajeev Khandelwal, Tena Desae
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A good beginning to the year is auspicious and thatís what everyone is looking forward to. Last year, we saw an array of brainless comedies that really stepped up the gas in our box office. In between, we have had wonderful concept movies that really made us sit back and praise Indian cinema. I crave for such movies and I wanted to see more of them this year. Table no.21 gave me just the beginning I was hoping for.

The trailer of the movie had created quite a bit of excitement among movie goers as it looks like a movie with an out-of-the-box subject. A beautiful couple are invited to an exotic vacation in Fiji. Little do they know that it is going to end up into a bone-chilling experience of their lifetime where theyíll have to play a series of sick games to fight for their survival! But thereís am incentive - a large sum of cash. But will they win it?

Itís a competition of guts and wits where one lie can mean death, which ironically reminds me of Sach ka Saamna that was hosted by our beloved hero, Rajeev Khandelwal. Once you begin, there is no way you can turn back. With so much cash involved, our couple, like all inherently greedy humans is tempted to play the game with an anchor, who is no less than a puppet master who will keep you intrigued till the very end. No spoilers!!! You cannot miss this movie! Itís that good. But take caution if you suffer from heart ailments because there are many scenes that will make you jump.

Rajeev Khandelwal and Tina Desae play the couple, Mr and Mrs. Agasthi. Wonderful performances from both the leads. They look beautiful, their chemistry is top notch and their act of desperation, fear, excitement really gives the movie a thumbs up. Rajeev Khandelwal in particular shines with a stellar performance. But the show stealer as always in many of his movies is Paresh Rawal. His villainous act in the movie is refreshing to say the least. He portrays the role of a sarcastic, willy and sadistic villain to the extent that is sure to leave you awed at his versatility. And the climax is good enough to leave you in a state of shock for the rest of the day. Paresh truly has the gift of a rare art : Comedy with a villainous zeal with an apt amount amount of sarcasm thrown in. Watch this movie for Pareshís performance, you will not regret it.

The direction, screenplay and the script is really good if not great. The plot does tend to get a little tedious in parts in the first and some parts of the second half. The camera work is somewhat edgy and the story might seem a little unrealistic but we can forgive that because it is an intriguing one which is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats to the very end. You are bound to go through the same emotions as the characters in the movie and thatís what makes this movie a must watch.

The songs sequences have been wonderfully captured but barring a few, the lyrics seem mediocre. But the timing of the songs seem perfect, an art Bollywood has long forgotten. So kudos to the team.

The cinematography is wonderful and Fiji is such an exotic location.

Verdict: The movie has paved the way for a very good beginning this year and I would like to see more of them coming. Itís is like a reality game show. You may like some parts and you may dislike some but itís is sure to keep the excitement alive throughout.

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