The Good Old Tricks.
Another good plot going too theatrical way…
Yesteryear’s topnotch film-maker Jai Singh Aidanwala (Naseer) is going through a bad patch in his life and is lives only to drink. His relations with his on-time-wannabe-starlet wife Monica (Neha Dhupia) have also turned sour since long. One night during drunk-driving, Jai meets with an accident and is rescued by Subhash Sharma (Paresh Rawal). Subhash is a petty criminal and was looting an ATM when the accident happened just outside. But this opens doors for a good life for Subhash. He is appointed as the driver and assistant by Jai, and he is obviously not liked by Monica. Jai blames his career failures on to Monica and requests Subhash to help him in a plot to nail her. According to that, Jai will commit suicide and Monica will be denied the 24 crore Rs. insurance claim, unless and until this death is proved to be a murder. Jai commits suicide with this challenge to Monica.
Subhash offers Monica a 50% partnership in the money to work on a theory about how to showcase this as a murder. They start with keeping Jai alive for the world; get a full-time house-keeper Swati (Tara Sharma) through the family friend advocate Merchant (Boman Irani). They intend it show as a kidnap Jai and Monica for ransom, in which Jai gets killed. But things don’t exactly happen the way they thought…
Based on the famous play by Uttam Gada (who also writes screenplay and dialogues of this film), the basic crime-plot is interesting. The basic problem seems to be the way it has been executed. Elements of thrill, suspense, who-dunnit and what-next are present, but not exactly converted well to have a great cinematic experience. The way scenes are written and dialogues are delivered, it seems more like we are watching a play at Prithvi theatre or NCPA.
Performances: Paresh Rawal and Naseer have got the meatiest of the roles and the best of the scenes in the film. Both do well. Boman Irani and Om Puri are also alright. But none of these four greats have been able to deliver a landmark performance here in their respective careers. Neha Dhupia continues her off-beat run, but needs to improve on her dialogue delivery in such intense roles. Tara Sharma is a misfit for this role.
Music: Shibani Kashyap’s music and singing is nothing to rave about.