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Yeh Faasley review: It fails to deliver

Yeh Faasley review: It fails to deliver

Source: General

By: Taran Adarsh

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 04 March 2011

Movie Title

Yeh Faasley review: It fails to deliver

Director

Yogesh Mittal

Star Cast

Anupam Kher, Tena Desae, Pawan Malhotra, Seema Biswas, Rajendra Gupta, Suhasini Mulay

Last year, Udaan made a sweeping impact on cineastes, so much so that the honours, compliments and accolades keep pouring in to this day.

Besides winning tremendous critical acclaim and bagging awards, the film struck a chord with everyone.

The poignant and disturbing relationship between a father and son seemed straight out of life. Now Yeh Faasley explores the relationship between a father and daughter.

However, comparing Udaan and Yeh Faasley would be blasphemous, mainly because Udaan captured the tense moments between the father and son with aplomb, on paper as well as on celluloid.

On the other hand, Yeh Faasley has an interesting premise, but its writers [Yogesh Mittal, Atul Tiwari and Rajendra P Makhijani] make a complete mess of it, and what eventually unfolds on celluloid is mincemeat of a brilliant thought.

Ideally, one would've expected Yeh Faasley to be an emotional journey, wherein the daughter discovers a shocking truth: Her mother was murdered by her father.

Again, the daughter's fight for justice would've only added a new dimension to the film.

But the writing goes horribly wrong after an interesting start and what comes across on screen is clich?d, formulaic and ridiculous.

Besides, the film gets lengthy and tedious, more so in its second hour.

Arunima [Tena Desae], the daughter of one of the biggest builders in town, has returned home after completing her studies. She is happy that she will now be living with her father Devinder Dua [Anupam Kher] for good.

Arunima lost her mother in a car accident when she was barely two. Arunima wishes her mother were alive, but she is content knowing her mother and father had a happy love story.

To her surprise, Arunima finds a will written by her mother. Why would a woman, who died in a car accident, and that too at an early age of 28, leave a will?

The presence and the essence of the will raise questions in Arunima's mind. But the father is not very comfortable answering questions related to the past.

Arunima further chances upon a few things from the past and it is a revelation to her that her mother's personality was very different to what her father had recounted.

She then meets an old friend of her mother, Diggy [Pawan Malhotra], and a few people from the past who tell stories that point in the direction that her mother was not happy.

Gradually, Arunima learns about the many shades of her father that she has never seen. She is torn between the love for her father and the truth.

Like I pointed out at the outset, it's the written material that lets director Yogesh Mittal down. There are gaping holes in the screenplay that can't be overlooked.

Also, some of the characters in the film [Seema Biswas, Rajendra Gupta, even Suhasini Mulay] are completely under-utilised and one wonders why were they included in the story in the first place?

The post-interval portions seem never-ending, the courtroom drama lacks punch and the conclusion to the story is old-fashioned and beaten to death.

Despite the inept writing, I must add that director Mittal has handled a number of sequences capably. But how one wished the writing would've complimented his skills.

The cinematography is inconsistent [DoP: Amitabha Singh]. A few scenes seem out of focus and a few, quite grainy. Also, the film could've done without songs.

Anupam Kher may have essayed the role of a father several times in the past, but the portrayal of a father in this one stands out amongst his best works.

Tena handles her part with complete understanding and confidently matches a veteran like Anupam at every step.

Pawan Malhotra doesn't really get a chance to showcase his skills. Rushad Rana does reasonably well.

Mazhar Sayed [the young Anupam Kher] leaves an impact. Rachita [the mother] stays with you, despite the limited footage.

Suhasini Mulay, Rajendra Gupta, Seema Biswas and Natasha Sinha are wasted. Kiran Kumar is okay.

Jagat Rawat [caretaker of the bungalow] is efficient. Sudha Chandran is hardly there. Satyajit Sharma [the lawyer] is competent.

On the whole, Yeh Faasley fails to deliver.

Rating: 1 star

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