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Sorrie guys !!
Apr 24, 2005 11:53 AM 2407 Views
(Updated Jul 21, 2006 06:11 PM)





Sorry guys - I am actually too late in giving up this review. This piece by me was actually written on November 13, 2004, but somehow, I did not submit it here. Here’s the original review:-

Guys saw AITRAAZ today, and must say, it’s a good movie. The hall was almost empty, mainly due to the India-Pakistan match being played in Kolkata simultaneously.

Coming back to the film, Priyanka’s introduction breathes life to the story, and right from there, till the end, the screenplay keeps you on the edge of your seat. The courtroom scenes are the main highlight. Whether it be Paresh v/s Anu Kapoor or Paresh v/s Kareena, they undoubtedly provide excitement.

However, he film is not without defects. The initial Akshay-Kareena portion and their confusion is boring. Apart from it, Akshay is shown to be a man with moral values intact. So on visiting Priyanka’s house for the mobile defect, his telling her ’’You’re looking gorgeous’’ doesn’t really sound logical. In the initial courtroom scene, when

Paresh [Priyanka’s lawyer] tries to bring out Akshay’s bad character, you do feel for a while that he is correct, as Akshay does those things.

Nevertheless, the film as a whole is quite nice. It may have been a copy of DISCLOSURE, but as I haven’t seen the latter, I didn’t get any feeling of déjà vu. Performance-wise, Priyanka rocks. As a not-so-old actress in Bollywood, she evokes instant hatred, so effective she is. Akshay doesn’t get much scope to perform, but does well in whatever he gets. Kareena gets to perform in the climax, and she uses the opportunity to her advantage. Paresh Rawal leaves a strong impact as the lawyer. The rest are alright.

Musically the film is a hit. Except ’Nazar Aa Raha Hai’, all the songs are present in the movie [’Aankhen Bandh Karke’ comes after the film ends, showing Akshay-Kareena living happily ever after].

Dialogues are fierce at times. Like the two mouthed by Priyanka:-

  • Mujhe yakeen hai ki tum future mein iss company ko aur mujhe, yunhi satisfy karoge.

  • Kya loge, kuch thanda, or something hot?

To sum up, Abbas-Mustan have done a commendable job yet again. The second half proves it more than anything. As an Akshay fan, you won’t like the film that much, but if you watch it as an individual, you’ll simply get hooked to the going-ons.

At the box office, it may fare well at single-screen theatres. Due to VEER ZAARA, it’s chances of overtaking the latter are dim, but word of mouth may help.

© Aliasgar Poonawala, 2005

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