Shabd: A Review

They keep trying…almost there….but not quite

1) Aishwarya is what God defined as beauty. In this movie, it really shows. I don’t give a shit what anybody says about her. There is nobody more beautiful (on the outside). On the inside, I know a few candidates…

2) Sanjay Dutt can act, we always knew that

3) Zayed Khan sucks

4) Written & Directed by Leena Yadav – debut. Wow.

Ok, this movie tends to ramble too much, the plot is a little difficult to believe, and the songs are awful. But I always try to give extra points for not going the usual Bollywood way, and abandoning all masala. And this movie is anything but typical Bollywood. The unconventional story is about an Author who pushes his wife into a relationship as inspiration for a book. It leaves the viewer confused – is Ash just a stupid puppet or a bold woman who doesn’t mind having a fling? You can never really decide, and I don’t think the director could either. Sanju is decent as the crazed author. Yes, he’s over-the-top somewhat, but since the entire story is a little over-the-top, you expect him to be too. Zayed Khan is not meant for this kind of stuff. You need somebody with more maturity and poise, yes even though Zayed’s character is meant to be younger than ash and stuff. The cinematography is of course, astounding. This is something I think Indian cinema has finally perfected. There are lots of them out there who know how to capture a setting, a mood, Ash’s looks. It’s a shame the writing is still behind. This could’ve been a great movie, but like many of the other could-have-beens it turns in to style, over substance. And of course, being a non-masala movie, I don’t think I’ll see any truck-drivers spouting this one to their friends. Finally, I’m confused. A big thing was made about whether Ash would do a kissing or sex scene in Hollywood. In this movie, it’s clear what she and Sanju are upto (LUCKY BASTARD), but very tastefully portrayed…so maybe she’s changed her mind…

2.75 stars out of 5

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