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3.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted story with slick modern feel. Probably a 3 1/2, 1 May 2009
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This review is from: Aa Dekhen Zara [DVD] (DVD)
This wasn't a bad little thriller. It looked good and had a well flowing modern look and pace.
It is about a photographer who inherits his grandfathers camera. He finds it will take pictures of the future. If it takes a black blank shot the person is going to die that day. He uses it exclusively to make money in the beginning but then to try to save his life in a series of chases and action.
It is an action film and there are some shootings but they aren't graphic. So if you try to avoid some of the more violent Indian movies this really was more of the fantasy/action type or implied and not one of their nastier ones. The focus is more on chase and story unfolding.
While this is Bollywood and there is some music and dance, it is all in the context of the action (e.g. at bars where a floor show might be expected). The music was bright but not that memorable except one of two numbers (including the title song).
Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead role is very good and one to watch in future. His girlfriend is played by Bipasha Basu who also does a good job.
If this movie lacked a little in 'zip' or 'sparkle' it was partly that it lagged a little when the guy is repetitively just making money with his find. I would have liked to see him explore the possibilities of the camera more beyond this limited use. However for a young man in debt perhaps this is what would happen.
The movie ends with a teaser - the guy has another of his grandfathers inventions and it too seems to do unusual things with time. We don't get to see what he will do with this and it dangles the possibility of a sequel. I doubt it will get one as the movie received a mediocre response in India. I wonder if it will appeal more in the West where we like sci-fi and fantasy-type 'what if.." themes more than the Indians seem to.
Look I think they did this well and it is somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me. Elsewhere on the Net it seems to be rating mostly around the 5-7 out of 10 sort of range.
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Aa Dekhen Zara [DVD]
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