|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
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.