By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
going experiences, like culinary encounters, can either stimulate you
or put you off completely. When you enter a cineplex to watch Arjun
Rampal’s first outing as a producer, I SEE YOU, you expect to watch a
soft-on-your-senses, feel-good multiplex movie since the promotions
have been very specific, very direct on that front.
I SEE YOU, directed by debutante Vivek Agrawal, is targeted at the
multiplex junta, but right intentions don’t necessarily translate into
right films. The problem with I SEE YOU is that it works in bits and
spurts, not in entirety.
It’s not blasphemous to be inspired by a Hollywood film [JUST LIKE
HEAVEN; starring Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo], but writer Suresh
Nair and director Vivek Agrawal should’ve ensured that the desi
adaptation appeals to Indian sensibilities and is captivating enough
from start to end. Sure, I SEE YOU has its share of interesting
moments, but the recipe [screenplay] used for cooking this dish lacks a
few vital ingredients.
To sum up, I SEE YOU is the kind of film that works best on the tube
or DVD circuit. As far as its theatrical business is concerned, it
might find its share of advocates in a handful of multiplexes of
Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore mainly, but even that segment of
viewers would be minimal.
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Another factor that goes against the film is its release period. To
expect viewers to rush to a nearby theatre on 31st December [Sunday] or
1st January [Monday] would be foolhardy. The cinema attendance goes
downhill during those days and expecting the business to pick up from
Tuesday onwards is like expecting snowflakes in Mumbai.
Story: Raj [Arjun Rampal] is the star attraction on the TV show
British Raj. One evening, Raj finds an unexpected visitor in his house
-- Shivani [Vipasha]. Is he dreaming? Is she for real? At first Raj
thinks his friends are out to make a bakra. But he realizes that
Shivani is a spirit.
Shivani breezes in and out of his home and office whether he likes
it or not. Unfortunately, Raj is the only one who seems to be able to
see her or talk to her. His friend Akshay [Chunky Pandey] thinks it’s
an alibi and also arranges for a meeting with a shrink [Boman Irani] on
his wedding anniversary.
Gradually, Raj falls in love with Shivani. But Shivani and Raj have
to find answers to questions that led to Shivani’s current state.
I SEE YOU is a ghost story, but it doesn’t belong to the BEES SAAL
BAAD or BHOOT variety. It’s not on the lines of Ramsay productions
either. A love story revolving around a spirit and an ordinary mortal,
the plot focuses more on humor and romance than spine chilling or tense
Although the premise is refreshingly different for Indian audiences,
the manner in which writer Suresh Nair and director Vivek Agrawal open
the cards is what gives you hiccups. In the first place, no
explanations are offered as to why Arjun alone can see Vipasha. Also,
she can’t touch a telephone, but the twist in the tale has her opening
the door of the room where her comatose body lies. How did she manage
that? Chalo, maan liya, spirits in Hindi movies can even break into
songs and dances, but the opening of the door is like double crossing
Arjun since the cop [Michael Maloney] is already at the doorstep.
Even the finale -- the mystery behind Vipasha’s accident is solved
and the doctor is arrested -- is far from convincing. A few minutes
earlier, didn’t we see the doctor and a nurse entering Vipasha’s room
in the hospital and even injecting a drug to put her to sleep forever?
So how did the cop [Michael Maloney] reach there from the BBC Studio
[he’s being interviewed ‘Live’] and how did Vipasha suddenly come
alive? It’s a screenplay of convenience!
In a nutshell, I SEE YOU tries too hard to appeal to the heart, but
it forgets that moviegoers have thinking minds too.
On the plus side, a few individualistic sequences are well executed.
The initial portions -- Arjun refusing to believe Vipasha is a spirit
until he visits the hospital -- are interesting. The humor-laden
sequences involving Chunky Pandey also keep you in splits. The finale
-- Vipasha disappearing from Arjun’s arms [faulty writing] -- is well
handled too. Ditto for the end -- Arjun introducing himself to Vipasha
at an eatery -- is worthy of note.
Vivek Agrawal had the opportunity to play with special effects since
the protagonist is a spirit, but the storyteller doesn’t utilize this
aspect in the narrative. Also, his choice of the story is perfect, but
not the screenplay. How could he okay a faulty script in the first
place? Vishal-Shekhar’s music is pleasant. ‘Subah Subah’ and ‘Halo’ are
two noteworthy tracks in the narrative. In fact, the set décor and
choreography [Shiamak Davar] of the ‘Halo’ track is superb. Ashok
Mehta’s cinematography is delightful. Dialogues [Niranjan Iyengar] are
I SEE YOU rests on Arjun’s shoulders. Arjun is efficient in a role
that doesn’t really demand histrionics. He has proved his credentials
in the past and his performance in this film is at par with his earlier
works. He works best in the dramatic portions. Vipasha may not be
gorgeous to look at, but she’s a decent actor.
Chunky Pandey is only getting better with every release. He
registers an impact. Kirron Kher gets very little screen time. Boman
Irani tries hard to make you laugh. Sonali Kulkarni also has a
miniscule part. Sophie Chaudhary adds to the glamour quotient. Her
scenes with Arjun [especially the one at the start, when Vipasha lands
up at the studio] are truly funny. Michael Maloney [the Hindi-speaking
angrez cop] is good.
Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan make fleeting appearances in the
‘Subah Subah’ song. While SRK is strumming a guitar, Hrithik breaks
into a small jig.
On the whole, I SEE YOU could’ve been an interesting fare, but is
letdown by a lopsided screenplay. At the box-office, the lack of face-
value and an inopportune release period [people don’t like to spend New
Year in a cinema hall] will only add to its woes.
Bollywood.com Rating: 1.5