By: By IndiaFM
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Monday 27 September 2004
The dynamic director-duo Abbas Mustan in their trademark white attire, have added much color on the silver screen. The thrill masters are back at their best with new exciting games in Aitraaz. Made under the banner of Mukta Arts, the film is produced by the showman - Subhash Ghai.
Akshay Kumar who got his first hit (and the Khiladi image) with Abbas Mustan's Khiladi and played his first negative role in Abbas-Mustan's Ajnabee plays the male lead of the film. Kareena Kapoor too teams up once again with Abbas-Mustan post Ajnabee. And after turning several good guys into bad ones in Bollywood, this time Abbas-Mustan have added gray shades to Priyanka Chopra's character who plays the first negative role of her career.
'In the world of women, play by their rules or? ' says the tagline of the film which should make it clear that the film has a female baddie but in a much sophisticated form.
Akshay Kumar as Raj Malhotra
The accused is a significant player in the telecom industry with many an ace up his sleeve; which not only makes him the man of the moment but could also makes him the man of the future. But for now, his future is black.
Law ordains that one is innocent until proved guilty. But strange is the fate of Raj, which makes him guilty until proved innocent.
Kareena Kapoor as Priya
Priya is the epitome of a dream companion. Her loved and stoic support towards Raj are his biggest trump card. Unshakeable in her resolve, she knows how to play her part in a game of manipulation.
The devious shadow that threatens to put Raj's honour at stake, finds an adamant Priya at the opposing end. And from a content woman, Priya becomes a woman with a mission that she must accomplish. She is now Raj's partner in more ways than one.
Priyanka Chopra as Sonia Sharma
The complainant is the fascinating and focused Sonia. She believes that goals are meant to be achieved. Namely her goals. Whatever the price!!!
Indeed, if money makes the world go round, a woman can bring the world to a standstill. Sonia succeeds in bringing Raj's world to a complete stop for reasons that go beyond the expected dignity and grace. Her mantra is clear. Nothing shall come in between her wants and desires.
The Defence Lawyer
Annu Kapoor as Ram Choitrani
Careful, convincing and conniving, Ram Choitrani is a perfect foil to the prosecution lawyer. As the Defence lawyer, he faces Mr. Patel in the confines of the court with aplomb.
But little does he know that he will get embroiled in a fateful web from where there is no way out.
The Prosecution Lawyer
Paresh Rawal as Mr Patel
The Prosecution lawyer, Mr. Patel is as shrewd as he is foxy! He does all in his power to create a win-win situation for his clients. The truth is absolutely incidental where he is concerned.
Success has a strange affinity towards him. Now he is involved in a case as controversial as can be. Will success be his yet again? Or is he in for a surprise?
Amrish Puri as Ranjit Roy
Ranjit Roy is Raj Malhotra's boss. He also shares a brow-raising relationship with the complainant Sonia. He is a mere pawn in the hands of Sonia and it is by virtue of this, that many lives are thrown out of gear. Can he afford to ignore the situation that he is in, or will he just accept it.
In the accused box of the courtroom, stands a man, startled and shocked that destiny could lead him there. Only some time back, Raj Malhotra had the world at his feet. None could point a finger at him. Today he is accused of the most heinous crime.
It all starts when he met Sonia again. A blast? from his past, he was aware that she knew only one way to live and that was her way!!! And one fateful day, things did not go her way.
Raj Malhotra is accused.
Now his most prized possession - his honor is at stake. He finds himself helpless in a world that is called a man's world! At the mercy of a woman who puts to use her most effective weapon.
But the doors of justice are waiting to be knocked. The drama has just begun. The court is far from adjourned.
Himesh Reshammiya who stuck to fame the last time he composed for Abbas-Mustan in Humraaz, has composed the music of the film while Sameer has penned the lyrics. Shyam Geol and Shiraz Ahmed (who also scripted Humraaz) have written the story and screenplay of the film. Hussain A. Burmawala is the editor.
The film may release in November 2004
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