'Strangers' - a one night story


Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) After making serials and telefilms, director Anand L. Rai wields the megaphone to direct a feature film. He enters Bollywood with romance thriller "Strangers", releasing Friday.

Rai has directed shows like "Gardish", "Kshitij" and telefilm "One Night Stand".

His first feature film is set in London. Starring Kay Kay Menon and Jimmy Shergill in main leads, the movie is a one night story about two strangers who meet in a train.Kay Kay, a management giant, and Jimmy Shergill, a flop writer, are travelling overnight in a business class compartment. The claustrophobia of a closed space and the fact that they are both Indians binds them to each other.

In their efforts to entertain each other, Kay Kay and Jimmy start talking and their conversation is interspersed with flashbacks, which give clues about their personalities.

After some time their casual chat grows into intimate and exciting conversation and the two men, who are living lives that they had not chosen, decide on doing something to change the situation in their favour.

Their chat reveals that their problem is their respective wives. So, they decide to get rid of them and be free.

But all is not as it seems and clues soon become betrayals until a time comes when deceit and lies cannot be judged any longer. Four lives are put at stake and everything is about to change when strangers take each other for friends and friends become strangers.

Rai has cast Nandana Sen and Sonali Kulkarni for the female leads and apparently the former has given some real bold shots in the film. Uday Tiwari and Raj Kundra, the London based businessman who is supposedly dating Shilpa Shetty, have jointly produced it.

Most of the biggies like "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom", "Ta Ra Rum Pum", "Saawariya", "Aaja Nachle" and "Dus Kahaniyaan" failed to impress audiences this year.

Let's wait and watch how they react to Rai's endeavour.