“Villa of Deceit”
When you go to watch a Sanjay Gupta type film, first thing we expect is Style, Thrills, Deceit, Coning, Big stars, etc. ‘Woodstock Villa’ the latest offering from above said production fits perfect with all the categories except the star value. But by putting the basic ingredients can we have a perfect recipe for a thriller? Let’s find out.
‘Woodstock Villa’ is story of Sameer [Sikander] a Casanova who lives his life in style and has weakness for beautiful girls. But to enjoy this lifestyle he has creditors like landlord Mr.Chawla [Shakti Kapoor] & Kalim Bhai [Gulshan Grover]. He keeps playing cat and mouse games with them. In between he meets Zaara [Neha Oberoi] in a nightclub. He tires to charm Zaara but fails. One day Zaara comes to his place and gives him a proposal where he can kidnap her and demand ransom from her husband Jatin [Arbaaz Khan]. She want to know if her husband loves her or not, and offers Sameer to keep the Ransom money. Sameer Agrees and both go to Woodstock Villa, a Villa in an isolated location. Sameer follows the plan and call Jatin for ransom, Jatin agrees but Sameer has a change of plan and comes back to villa for his weakness for Zaara. But when he comes back he finds Zaara dead. This leads to more complications in Sameers life and how does he come out from this is what to watch out for.
Music by Annu Malik is good. But such movie does not need song. When you watch a thriller songs dilute the effect, and that s what happens with Woodstock Villa. Song on Neha and Arbaaz seems total out of place. The Editor needed to trim this stuff. First half of the movie is pacy and sharply edited. But post interval the editing starts losing its grip along with the movies screenplay. The pace and grip returns back with the climax.
Hansal Mehta’s direction is far better than his last few movies. Shades of Sanjay Gupta are seen in this movie. But the director leaves some loose ends and some cinematic liberties. This spoils the fun and reduces a good film to an average watch.
On the performance side…Sikandar’s has a good screen presence with style and attitude, regarding acting we will have to wait for some another movies as this one has hardly anything to perform. He fits perfect in this grey shaded role. Neha Oberoi looks good and has done a decent job. But lacks screen presence as a new heroine. She resembles the group of amrita arora and others. Arbaaz khan supports well but looks bad in the romantic scenes. Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover and Sachin Khedekar are wasted with small roles.
So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???”
Dum hain.. thoda bahut dum hain, first half mein kaafi hai but second half ke baad kaafi kum hain. You don’t get bored as the pace is good in first half and climax. But with so many songs and some loose ends you feel deceived as the feel of thriller gets lost in the second half. Thus making this Villa of deceit an average flick.
Ratings – 2.5 / 5