Chehraa is a low budget film that not many moviegoers were looking forward to. And after the viewing the film, I can see why. Chehraa is a suspense-thriller that has shades of a few other films in the genre. This film could’ve been better if it had a fast pace and some kind of proper
Simran (Madhoo) is a doctor. She goes to Ooty and bumps into Avinash (Ayub Khan). The two fall in love and get married. They settle down in Ooty. Avinash’s wish is to open a hospital, which he wants Simran to take care of. However, Avinash is killed in an accident. Simran goes back to the city she came from and tries to start a new life and concentrate on her work. She comes across a patient named Jyoti (Seema Kapoor) who is mentally disturbed due to some incidents in her life.
The story takes a twist when Simran meets Jyoti’s husband Anant - who is a humshakal (there goes that Hindi film "formula" again!) of Avinash. Simran can’t believe her eyes. After a few meetings, Simran and Anant begin to fall for each other. But Simran is still a little confused about the whole situation as Jyoti is still alive and she doesn’t know a lot about Anant.
More twists and turns follow, and in the end you’re left wondering what was the point of this movie? There is no significance between what’s revealed in the last ten minutes and the rest of the story. The other major flaw of the movie is the same old look-a-like theme that’s used. How many times have we seen a movie with this type of story line before in Hindi movies? The editing is also bad as I said before and you begin to lose interest as the movie progresses.
Everyone did a decent job with their role, except for Seema Kapoor. Her facial expressions were perfect when she went into her violent rampages. She was able to stand out even with her little role. Madhoo looked beautiful in the saris she was given to wear. Ayub Khan was okay.
Chehraa is somewhat better than any Mithun flick that releases these days. But I don’t think that can pass off as a very good compliment.