Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta is a story of two couples in relationship with each other's spouses for unspecified reasons.
Mr. Karan Singh (Naved Aslam) is an ad agency executive who is having an affair with Mrs. Sakhi Mehta (Lucy Hassan) and from the first few scenes, you understand, that Mr. Singh is a pro at these games. Mrs. Neera Singh (Aruna Shields) discovers the affair and goes searching for Mrs. Mehta, probably in hope of confronting her. However, she meets Mr. Ashwin Mehta (Prashant Narayanan) instead and in the process of checking facts about her husband's misdemeanors and matching his schedule, phone calls with Mrs. Mehta, ends up in bed with Mr. Mehta. Mr. Mehta is an artist, low on confidence, looking for his muse while Mrs. Mehta is some successful woman who wants her husband to stay at home and do nothing but paint while she has an affair with some other guy.
After watching the movie, I have a lot of unanswered questions. Though, I don't know, if the answers will help. The director doesn't delve deep into the reasons behind the actions of the four characters. May be, there are none. You can't make out for long time, why Mr. Mehta doesn't really feel bad about his wife having an affair with another man. Why would Neera not confront her own husband within the confines of their home and try to look for answers outside is also beyond my comprehension.
And finally, Mr. Singh Mrs. Mehta is the name of the film, but Mrs. Singh and Mr. Mehta play the pivotal roles here. Why?
A lot of the movie is in vacuum or silence, and you wonder, if the sound system is not working or the actors have forgotten their dialogues or have not been given any. The editing of the film is also not upto the mark. Maybe, the movie is a bit like modern abstract art, best left to individual interpretations. You hope for something to happen, but the end is also as timid and formulaic as they make it here...the director refusing to break out of the mould.
Though, her performance is strictly average, Aruna Shields emotes better than she delivers her dialogue, which come out after a lot of effort, whether she is speaking in Hindi or English. Prashant Narayan is good as the stay at home, low on confidence husband who is a struggling artist. Naved Aslam looks his role, while Lucy Hassan has very few scenes.
The music by Ustaad Shujaat Hussain Khan and Shaarang Dev is hat ke from regular Bollywood fare and has some melody and meaningful lyrics...but will find it difficult to find many takers.
Director Pravesh Bhardwaj to be complimented for selecting a bold topic in his debut movie, but the same can't be said for his screenplay. Hoping for a better comeback film from him. And this movie, you can watch it on TV, some time later if you really, really have nothing better to do.
Warning: If you decide to watch the movie because of the bold scenes done by Aruna Shields which have been used heavily to promote the movie, be ready for colossal disappointment. All the scenes, which were apparently passed by Censor board without any cuts are actually pixelated shots which reveal nothing. I wonder, if someone will sue the film makers for misleading the Indian audience to the theaters.