Subhash K. Jha speaks about Aa Dekhen Zara

By Subhash K. Jha Bollywood Hungama News Network

It's all about a camera that speaks its mind in the future. Wish the film was as far-reaching. Aa Dekhen Zara is a very wannabe kind of thriller. It's slick, yes. But it lacks the zippy zest of a true-blue Hitchcock homage like say Mukul Anand's Aitbaar.

More thanda than cool, more wannabe than slick, the film's most interesting moments come from the way the material is packaged rather than the content's evolution from preamble to climax.

A hip hope carries the narration forward. You wish and pray once, just once, the film's intended mood of spinning a slick yarn would reify. Alas, the plot tilts progressively towards a yawn until we feel we're watching a show that has somewhere forgotten where it wants to go. In fact the second-half gets so tediously convoluted you wonder what the point behind the exercise is.

The supernatural element in the film hinges on the camera telling the future. But beyond a point we stop caring about the next frame let alone the future of the characters.

On the plus side the film's exteriors are super-polished. Full marks to art directors Pradip Jha and Hasina Shaikh for their art work. Jehangir Chowdhury's cinematography adds lustre to lacklustre proceedings.

But who's looking? Aa Dekhen Zara offers nothing more to see than glamorous props and characters who dress with a care that the plot's tension doesn't really warrant. But what the hell, this isn't a realistic film. It's film about a camera with supernatural powers and characters who seem to be casualties of powers that go way beyond the camera.

If we only knew what those powers are.

For Neil Nitin Mukesh this role is an extension of his debut in Johnny Gaddar. In both he plays avaricious contemporary dude who doesn't mind bending the rules of civil living. Rahul Dev is mildly riveting as the arch villain. Wish our cinema had found more space for him.

Bipasha Basu gives her role more of a life beyond the marvels of styling.

Sadly she remains stuck where the film remains. Skin deep.

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