Albeit Madhoshi dissappoints by failing to match structure and content, it is yet another example to show that Bollywood is learning new lessons in cinema-verite. Though trite, the theme of schizophrenia has once again been attempted.Bipasha Basu shows clear signs of evolution especially in the latter part of the film as a hallucinating girl. John Abraham had little to offer apart from his well-sculpted body. Priyanshu Chatterjee's expressionlessness added to the slapstick, rather foolish comedy that the director attempts at. Similarly, a family that has lost a daughter and son-in-law in an accident continuing to live amidst unaffected celebration, glitz and gaiety poses questions. The ultimate dose of hilarity arrives when Arpit transforms himself surgically to Aman and once more to suit the occasion reverts to his biological state.
The five songs loyally serve the purpose that majority of Hindi film songs are supposed to do - beautiful locales, intended-to-be-"hot" moments, the heroine's gyrations and of course the omni-present query - "Why a song at this juncture?". The first song "Pyar ka khumar leke..." seemed to be inspired by an older number of the 1990s - "savri saloni teri meethi meethi baatein..."
A topical catastrophe?(the 9/11 attack) is employed to show the consequences (direct and indirect) of violence. Here Anupama Kaul(played by Bipasha Basu) has delusions about her kind of an ideal man, Aman (played by John Abraham). Reality is represented by Arpit Oberoi(played by Priyanshu Chatterjee), a well-known ad film-maker who is Anu's fiance. The suspense is maintained for sometime and the audience believes that Aman is a part of reality. There follows the expected sequence of psychiatric treatment, struggle between hallucination and reality and the final triumph of love over medical science whereby order is restored in the chaos triggered by the schizophrenia.
The film could probably have done better by giving better directions to John Abraham and livening up the character of Priyanshu Chatterjee. A poor imitation of an instance from "Face-off" (played by Nicholas Cage and John Travolta) where identities are exchanged could well have been avoided. If a refernce to somethin g as serious as the 9/11 attacks is made, it needs better handling instead of making it just-another-tragedy. Avoiding trivialisation and overdoing the trifles is a lesson Bollywood needs to learn.