Producer : Jay Productions
Director: Esmayeel Shroff
Nana Patekar, Tabu, Milind Soman
Aadesh Shrivastava

Released on : June 23, 2000

Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol

out of 
With an alternative plot as the one Moinuddin penned for Tarkeib, one would expect that the murder-mystery would not have you walking out wishing you could murder the director and the entire crew/cast for making such a painful movie to sit through. But let's pretend the movie was supposed to go as expected....

The story revolves around the murder of Roshni (Tabu), a nurse at the Military Nursing Service. Her body is discovered in a pond, and CBI officer Jasraj Patel (Nana Patekar) is assigned to the case. The suspects are numerous as her chahnewale were many. We have 1) Mohan Multani, a rich businessman who saw Roshni as a sound investment; 2) Army doctor Major Kamal Dogra (Ashutosh Rana); 3) Army doctor Captain Ajit Verma (Milind Soman); 4) Nain Sukh (Raghuveer Yadav), a 'blind', lonely man; 5) Bishen Nanda (Akhilendra Mishra), an ex-Subedar who supplies food for the Army canteen; 6) Dharma (Shehzad Sheikh), Mohan Multani's driver, and last, Inspector Pyaremohan (Deepak Qazir).

Ahhh yes and the background of the victim. Roshni was the eldest of her family and carried the entire household burden upon herself (think Urmila of Jaanam Samjha Karo). She lived with Shilpa Shetty, a fellow nurse by day and a flashy dancer by night. What a surprise.

As the interrogations fail to cease and the mystery fails to unravel in any interesting nor coherent format, we pick up on the idea that the only thing that makes sense is Roshni's death, the what's, why's, who's, how's, when's and such will always remain a mystery for two reasons....the movie either failed to address each aspect properly, or by the time it did, we didn't care anymore. The characters are either not well-developed or not executed well. The suspense dies quickly as does the interest. The only aspect of the movie worth a mention is the catchy song, Dupatte Ka Pallu, and to have to pick out a song to run a movie is pretty sad (e.g. almost to the status of Mere Kangna of Krodh "fame").

On acting, well, let's sum up as follows: Tabu was very good in her short scenes. She really took the cake but did not have much competition, acting-wise, in the movie...except for perhaps Nana, who is always too good. I think the director realized he had to rope in two superb actors for the film in order to make up for the rest, and that, he did. The rest were passable, either they would have been good if they actually had a role, or they were just plain bad (e.g. Milind Soman's horrific but comical dialogue delivery and wooden non-acting). Thankfully, Milind Soman's first movie was not one he had to carry on his own, otherwise I think he would not stand another chance. Perhaps he stands a chance....the Kumar Gaurav chance?

Now we can't say that Bollywood can't make mystery movies. Don't forget 100 Days or Teesra Kaun?, to name two pretty good entertainers. The movie had potential, a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the potential remained untapped, and we watched the movie, remaining with the mystery, "How much longer can this mess possibly last, and do you think I can get a refund if I beg?" Now you decide which is more plausible.... that is a much more interesting mystery....