Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Movie Review of INKAAR

Inkaar starts on a very promising note capturing your instincts and you begin to think here's a movie which steers clear of the convenient certitudes that underpin popular movie narratives.And you start expecting a drastic denouement but ultimately it ends as a tame,contrived and confusing shocker - with no sanctimonious caveats attached.

SCRIPT AND SCREENPLAY  :             Sudhir Mishra and Manoj Tyagi  get the credit for writing this story and the screenplay which in turns out to be a disappointment.Story begins in a corporate room where in a panel is sitting to inquest sexual harassment charges by one of their directors against their CEO presided by independent social worker Mrs.Kamdar.After this the movie keeps on moving back and forth in time as the story revolves.Here Sudhir Mishra has shown his class by deftly showing versions of both accuser and accused regarding each incident.The story that unfolds has involved in it a tangled web of male possessiveness,vaulting ambition, sexual jealousy ,intra-office shenanigans and deep emotional complexities that cannot be deconstructed in simple terms.Our handsome hero(Rahul) from small town Saharanpur shines enough to become a CEO of a top notch advertising agency who further finds a small town girl(Maya) from Solan obviously working with another ad agency sitting next to him at a bar stool in a party.Sparks fly and card exchanged.As expected Maya joins his agency as a copywriter, gets fruitfully nurtured and trained under wings of Rahul,beds him and in fact starts loving him.One fine day she finds Rahul playing Aamsutra games with a Firang model and a fight ensues.She gets herself transferred and after years comes back but now she's the first woman to join the board of directors.What transpires next leads to the harassment drama and the movie looses its steam.The worst part is that the script looses its way when it matters the most which leads to an inept ending which is not only confusing but a big big letdown.What started as an intelligent stylish thematic proposition eventually goes back track ending ineptly confusing viewers who were expecting a radical conclusion.

STARCAST    :                                       Undoubtedly the starcast of Inkaar is one of its strengths.All the actors have been perfectly cast as per their characters and they have left no tables upturned to showcase their skills.Lot of people who were & still are apprehensive about acting of National Award winner ARJUN RAMPAL must go and see this movie.He looks in his elements all thru the movie whether as a ferrocious CEO,a gentle son,a romantic lover or a boardroom charmer.CHITRANGDHA SINGH is a not only sexy stunner but she has beautiful elegance attached to her which does not make her look vulgar as some critics have said.Her journey in this movie has her starting as a sultry sizzling damsel transcending to a matured corporate woman but not an easy journey as she has to sail through lots of passions,emotions and hardships on the way.But she has played her part to perfection and has come out as a winner.I still feel she has been a tad unlucky and has the potential to be featured in more commercial flicks.My personal feeling is that Arjun and Chitrangdha look sizzling together and make a great onscreen couple.But the best respite from the serious screenplay comes in the form of ensemble starcast namely Kaizaad Kotwal,Mohan Kapoor, Deepti Nawal,Gaurav Dwivedi and especially Vipin Sharma who manages to provide the much needed guffaws.Vipin Sharma has also been playing diverse characters movie after movie with perfection.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS  :                           Music by Shantanu Moitra is again in his own trademark  style and is in sync with the movie and thankfully has no item numbers in it.But everything falls flat when the basic story and screenplay by Sudhir Mishra,Sachin Tyagi looses its way in the second half leading to an abrupt end of what could have been a promising movie.Editing by Archit D Rastogi deserves appreciation as he has handled the boardroom scenes very deftly by showing both sides of the coin oh sorry sorry the versions of both the main characters simultaneously. Cinematography by Sachin K Krishn is tempting enough to lure your eyeballs for a visual treat.Apart from these Gautam Sen for his production design and Niharika Khan for her costume design need a special mention as they have given a real stylish feel to the movie by their respective contributions.Coming to the big boss of the crew SUDHIR MISHRA whose name is synonymous with delivering path breaking hits like Jaane...Yaaro,Hazaaron ...Aisi,Ye Saali Zindagee once again picked a bold unconventional plot but could not justify it in the end.Its like you set out on a horrendous sea journey with enthusiasm braving bad weather,torrents,sea sickness but in the end you are let down by a hole in the boat.

WOW MOMENTS     :                             The scene where advertising team is giving a presentation to the client by cleverly using name of Sudhir's earlier movies " IS RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN " has turned out well.Also a scene where another script writer taunts Chitrangdha by accusing her promixity to Arjun for her stature in office leading to steamy office politics has been shot well.Also watch out for our Kallu Mama (Rishabh Shukla) singing in a poolside party wearing Hawaiian shirt along with funky shorts.

OVER THE HEAD         :                         I will not write about any particular scene in this context as the complete ending goes over the head leaving the viewer confused that if this was supposed to be the ending    what the hell was in between fuss all about. 

OVERALL    :                                            Undoubtedly Sudhir Mishra chose a bold intelligent subject which chooses to showcase moral and ethical dilemmas undergoing in today's corporate world which makes u expect a radical story but it turns you off with a hurried and compromised ending.But it has lot of style quotient attached with it apart from fantabulous performance by the lead as well as ensemble actors.Plus the chemistry between Arjun & Chitrangdha is a treat to watch.