It’s very tiresome to watch so-called thriller films, which have rank bad characterisation and loopholes in the screenplay big enough to drive a truck through. Some of new Bollywood may have got the Hollywood packaging, promotions and posters quite picture perfect, but the grit and pacing of a hard-boiled story is still sorely missing.
Three is the newest such beauty, helmed by another debutant director. Debutant director Vishal Pandya keeps the theme of adultery and deception going without getting his plot into a mess. There's an uncluttered, stripped-down quality to the narrative that helps us get into the sordid triangle without much ado.
This one is yet another ghastly affair or it’s just that the Bhatts have sharpened the skill to present the same masala again and again in a new packet.
Bollywood, especially the Bhatts, have done the "love, lies and betrayal" thing several times before. But producer Vikram Bhatt knows how to rustle up a slick, smart yarn and the director, his ex-assistant, seems a good learner. Though the film was bad but something was very innovatively done. One point would be that it’s neatly crafted, with each character clearly etched, the film never loses its single-mindedness and pace.
Innovative use of nursery rhymes “Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty” creates the illusion of novelty in the dialogue. And Bhatt might just get a three nights-four days free stay from Scotland tourism for making the countryside look so serene.
Stars are not helpful in attracting the audience. Debutante Nausheen emotes well but occasionally seems to be impersonating a ghost. And the music, once a highlight of Bhatt movies, is disappointingly tepid.
Rating: 2 / 5