Cast: Arjun Rampal, Chitrangada Singh.
Director: Sudhir Mishra
Length : 2.05 hours approximately
Coming from Sudhir Mishra, its hard to believe INKAAR is such a frustratingly poor film. The director has made good to brilliant cinema in past like “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi”, “Khoya Khoya Chand”, “yeh Saali Zindagi”, but this time around his film based on a solemn issue like sexual harassment is unengaging and largely disappointing! The film is brought on from a wafer thin plot where there are innumerable flashbacks. Seriously, the writers, if any, must go back and learn their principles. The way flashbacks are written and brought, it only makes the viewer feel flustered and flummoxed!
Be it the first half or the second half, INKAAR repeats many episodes in just different settings. The dialogues are so clunky that it bewilders one to see such contrived dialogues in a Sudhir Mishra’s film. The story explained by the two protagonists in their own versions is also executed and it only puzzles the audience to catch who is right, and who is not! Although the songs intervenes pleasantly and saves few lapses of these 125 minutes long bore! The climax of the film, easily one of the worst climaxes in recent times leaves you with more embarrassment! Frankly, if not for that overlong climax, INKAAR would have not been that bad.
The problem with the film is, it tries to wrap too many ideas and throw at audience to decide for the conclusion. The film never takes its own efforts to step in and give its own decision. Mishra tries to make it engaging by adding various elements. This time he even plays with his camera and gives us those dancing camera angles which is signature style of RGV’s film-making!
The music of the film is good. “Maula tu maalik hai” and “Darmiyaan” remains with you even after the show ends. The cinematography is nothing great! Mishra uses that dark light to direct most of his parts, all the flashback portions! That climax where we are served a dramatic scene in a wash-room which has a dim-light and our actor are expected to perform under it. Why that was needed Mr.Mishra? It really shows how desperate our director was to give it a more dark angle. Mishra and his work is disappointing!
The film doesn’t boast of any such great performance which could have given the film a certain amount of credence. Arjun Rampal’s expressions are too simple to understand what is in his mind, despite he having a very layered character in the film. Chitrangada Singh does well in early part of the film, but as soon as the film gets very determinant about its subject (sexual harassment), she also lose herself in a saddled role!
INKAAR could have been a good film had it stick to its major conflict right from the commencement to the culmination. But the film is so brutally puerile that our audience feels purloined about their hopes on this great director! Mishra, lets just forget this as a bad dream and look for something on the lines of “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” if not any better!
Rating – 1.5/5 (Bad)