He doesn't look like a cop or a detective… But still he Excels!
Blue Oranges is painstakingly crafted but too dour and too clinical for its own good. It is all minds and no heart. The progression of the case causes no corresponding rise in the viewer's heartbeat or curiosity level. Bereft of humour, pace and drama, the movie takes on a drab, monotonous tone. If it were a television serial, one would have been tempted to switch channels.
In the pretentiously titled Blue Oranges, Rajit Kapoor plays an investigator who probes the killing of an attractive woman. He must investigate a bunch of suspects -- ex-lover (Aham Sharma in a polished performance), tenant's son, a rich-brat who gave her a lift and the police commissioner's own brother (Harsh Chhaya) who had befriended her -- before arriving at the startling truth. It is Kapoor's presence -- intelligent and dignified - that makes the whodunit much more watchable than it actually is.
Back in the 1960s, Hindi films offered a different kind of suspense thrillers. The plots were often borrowed from Hollywood hits or popular firang crime bestsellers. But the final outcome was pure masala Bollywood. Remember Gumnaam or Bees Saal Baad? And how they weaved in songs and dance with riveting suspense? Well, times have changed. And a more focused style of storytelling has taken over.
Sadly the film would go un-noticed, but it’s a definitely must watch.