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Gumnaam - The Mystery  (2008 - Hindi)

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  • Gumnaam - The Mystery rating: 2 out of 10(Pravir wrote on 10 Dec 2008)

    Sab Kuchh Gum Hai.

    In a stormy night, a young lady gets a bag full of money and drives along the dangerous roads of Simla. At a petrol pump, she thinks that the owner is eyeing her. She hits him and drives away, not listening to what the owner was shouting behind – “there is somebody in your back seat”.

    A budding model-cum-actress Riya (Mahima) is now fed up of doing music videos and wants a foot-hold in bollywood by grabbing some acting assignments. She meets her co-performer in the videos Dev (Dino), who saves her from an accident on the sets. They become friends and later more than that. Dev, though struggler, drives expensive bikes dangerously across Bandra-Kurla complex and lives in a quite large open farm house. Riya gets to meet a producer Rishi (Madan Jain) one day, and she is immediately signed for the new film to be made under the ace director Muni Gandhi (Govind Namdeo). She has to report for the Simla shoot in two days.

    She is welcomed by Rishi and Muni at Simla location and she starts reading the script. What she does not know is that now she is a captive under house-arrest in Simla. Her hair are chopped-off, one finger is cut. She has no clue of what is happening to her and why? Dev comes to Simla looking for Riya and gets hit by Rimone’s (Suman Ranganathan) car. Rimone takes him for treatment. Who are Rishi and Muni and what is the mystery behind Rimone-Simone is what explained next…

    The story is as weak as a 90 year old person suffering from acute arthritis. Tacky screenplay, dialogues and cinematography add to the misery. Good to be a TV serial episode at most. Fifteen minutes into the film, and you will understand why this was lying unreleased for nearly four years, though slated to release in early 2005. Barring a scene or two, the film is devoid of any qualities making it a watchable mystery drama. Mahima’s costume designer has ensured her dresses don’t cover her legs in most of the scenes – kahani ki maang ho ya na ho.

    Performances: Mahima, though constrained by the ill-written role and script, manages to deliver an above average performance – which is the best of the lot. Dino is as wooden as ever and also suffers from major hair-style discontinuity across scenes (a great combo offer to see him in “Baaz”, “Rakht”, “Fight-Club”, and “Aksar” hairstyles at the cost of one ticket only). Suman Ranganathan hasn’t been able to deliver something great beyond her debut “Fareb” and does not get any scope in her role here. Govind Namdeo is average. It’s sad to see an actor of caliber of Madan Jain being wasted in such a role.

    Music: It’s “Hey-Hey-Hey-La-La-La, Mohabbat Se Zyada Mohabbat Hai Tum Se” – the good old deadly Sameer/Nadeem-Shravan combo, which doesn’t work anymore.

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