Saturday 21 June 2008

Woh Lamhe/Those Moments [2005]

This dark psychological drama is a claustrophobic, bleak and extremely disturbing depiction of the darker side of love, and consequently not for the lovers of mushy romantic comedies or tear-jerkers. The tale of an unlikely love affair between a free spirited, ambitious, cynical wannabe film director and a beautiful superstar movie actress who is otherwise an extremely fragile, volatile girl slowly spiraling into the murky, obsessive world of paranoia, hallucination and manic depression (schizophrenia), is captivating and devastating at the same time. This is one of those love stories that has its moments but is destined to be doomed. Shiny Ahuja, though shaky in the first half, has delivered an intense performance in the second, but the stage really belonged to Kangana Ranaut whose delicate portrayal of the lonely superstar actress and seductive damsel (girl-woman) in distress and disarray – a role that she loves playing – is as enthralling as it is disturbing (though over the top at times, she can be forgiven considering this deeply demanding role is only her sophomoric effort). The direction is taut and emotionally binding, while the music amplifies the devastating bleakness of the movie.

Director: Mohit Suri
Genre: Psychological Drama/Romantic Drama/Showbiz Drama
Language: Hindi
Country: India

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