Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hum Tum Aur Ghost

Rating : 4/10
Release Date : 26th March, 2010
Time : 128 minutes
Director & Writer : Kabeer Kaushik; Music : Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Starring : Arshad Warsi, Dia Mirza, Sandhya Mridul, Boman Irani, Shernaz Patel, Zehra Naqvi, Javed Sheikh

An interesting plot line, similar to Ghost Town / Sixth Sense, of a man who see’s ghosts and decides to help them fulfil their unfinished tasks, is dialled up with full Bollywood-style drama, tears and emotion, to leave you feeling very unsure about the film we see.

Arshad Warsi, fashion photographer is doing well in his job and is happily ‘engaged’ to Dia Mirza, despite her father’s objections. All is well in paradise except for one tiny problem. When alone, he can hear voices. In his house. On the street. Everywhere. Forcing him to sleep on railway or street benches and hit the bottle really hard. Soon the ghosts, led by Boman Irani, get more forward and appear in front of him, imploring him to do their unfinished tasks and put them out of their limbo existence. Arshad’s assistant, Sandhya Mridul, believes him and actually helps him in his tasks. Dia and his psychiatrist, Shernaz Patel, firmly believe there is an issue with the upstairs wiring.

It should be very easy to convince dis-believers that you can see ghosts. So there is an obvious flaw in the film as Arshad never resorts to that. Keeping that aside, the film may have worked if they’d kept it light and easy (a la Ghost Town). With the kind of tasks he gets, all dripping with soppiness, mushiness, it almost shoots itself in the foot. Even the whole romantic track, between Dia and Arshad, apart from repeated ‘I love you’s’, there is never any conversation between them, its never explained why. There are still some good comic moments (the bank scene stood out). But far and few in between. Which, like the ghosts, leaves us kind of in the middle of nowhere.

Dia looks lovely in the film, don’t think I’ve ever seen her look better. Boman is extremely polished. Arshad perhaps got his look wrong a bit, slightly ruffian-ish, complete with a stubble and earrings. Didn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the characters.

Kabeer Kaushik, after the magnificient Sehar and an ordinary Chamku, disappoints. The film is shot in London (don’t understand why), has an unusual storyline, but not enough conviction behind it to stick single-mindedly to it.

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