“Anubhav” whose literal meaning is experience, seems to have been a let down when it comes to living upto its name. With 2 films with the same title in the past, this Anubhav adds to the list of films which have sexual connotations to it. In fact, the entire plot is based on the same, though the subject is quite subdued and deftly handled. Director Rajiv Nath takes us into the journey of the lesser treaden territory of male prostitution.
The story is an insight into the lives of Anubhav (Sanjay Suri) who is a talented thetare artist & his friends, Antara (Shruti Seth) & Aadi (Anoop Menon). All three of them dream of making it big in Bollywood. Eventually, they realise that these dreams are not easy to be fulfilled. In the milieu, Anubhav meets Meera (Gul Panag) who is the daughter of a business tycoon, but at the same time a great fan of his acting skills too. They both fall in love & the romance culminates in a marriage much against the wishes of Meera’s father. Meanwhile, Aadi gets a producer for his film who casts Anubhav in the lead. All’s set to be going fine when the producer meets a sudden death and the film is stuck midway.
At the same time, Meera & Anubhav’s daughter runs into medical complications, prodding Anubhav to travel the forbidden path. The chain of events and the circumstances force Anubhav to tun into a gigolo in order to earn that urgent money. The dilemma that he faces as a result forms the crux of the story.
Sanjay Suri & Gul Panag do justice to their roles and are quite good in some emotional scenes. Jackie Shroff is completely wasted, while the other supporting cast fail to leave a mark.
Though the theme of the film is different, effective execution could have made it a few notches higher. The director does try to bring forth the angle of male exploitation in the industry as opposed to the regular portrayal of females being the target of the casting couch The story is good, but sadly the same cannot be said about the screenplay. Music too is no great shakes and can be given a miss. Cinematography also is just about Ok.
So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum ? Dum hota if the script was handled well. Overall, Anubahv is a film with good intentions, but those intentions do not reach out to the audience due to its improper implementation. A one time DVD watch at best.
Rating : 1.75