Review: Aa Dekhen Zara

Review: Aa Dekhen Zara

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 28 March 2009

Movie Title

Review: Aa Dekhen Zara


Jehangir Surti

Star Cast

Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Rahul Dev, Sophie Chaudhary

It?s a fun concept, really. Imagine a camera that could tell you the future for the date you set it. Ray (Neil Nitin Mukesh) doesn?t know that the camera is special until he slowly realizes the pictures he clicks develop in future tense. So when he clicks a new car, the picture shows the car?s window cracked, and indeed the next day, he witnesses a cricket ball smashing the car?s glass. Again, he clicks the picture of a child, and the photograph shows the kid falling off a giant wheel. When that happens exactly like in the photograph, Ray wonders about this camera his grandfather left him as a legacy.

The worry turns into deliriousness when he realizes how much money he can make. First up, he buys a lottery ticket, knowing the winning number. Then he puts money on horseracing; then shares (reminiscent of Emraan Hashmi?s sudden rolling-in-wealth in Jannat). Soon he has a sprawling home and a Merc, but girlfriend Simi (Bipasha Basu) is unhappy. She misses the simpler days when he had time for them; now, Ray?s constantly over the phone making big deals. A DJ and aspiring singer, Simi is shattered when Ray fails to make it to her first album recording, and finds him in a pub with another woman (Sophie Choudhry). His swelling bank accounts get the attention of a man called Captain (Rahul Dev, super cool) who smells something amiss and wants to find out the source of Ray?s wealth.

A photograph clicked of himself, one that turns out blank, assures Ray that he?s going to die. He even knows the date of his death ? six days from the photograph being clicked. With Captain after the camera, Ray and Simi are on the run as they make more and more enemies along the way.

The story requires a feverish pace, which is disappointingly absent in Aa Dekhen Zara. There are too many repetitive scenes making the same point, extending the story. Still, the folding in of the sci-fi element in a romance, peppered with doses of suspense and thrill is entertaining. Of course there are several unanswered questions ? why does the driver, a complete stranger, help through their near-fatal journey? Debut director Jehangir Surti doesn?t seem interested in these niggling details; after all the next groovy song is around the corner.

While Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha do well in their individual roles; it?s their crackling, sweet chemistry, that?s heartwarming. Mukesh?s awkwardly attractive looks makes him that much more identifiable in the role, and as an actor he uses it to advantage. Basu looks like a trillion bucks and is believable as the Kolkata girl who?s migrated to Mumbai to make it in big. Songs (Gourov-Pritam) are interesting and are mainly the dance floor variety.

Aa Dekhen Zara is recommended if a somewhat predictable time-pass thriller with songs and romance is your cup of cocoa.

Verdict: Two and a half stars

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