Accident on Hill Road (2009) *HQ*

It’s not easy making films.Telling a story convincingly and interestingly is a job that some directors manage with ease, and others don’t.First-time director Mahesh Nair falls into the latter category. His film Accident On Hill Road is a terrible excuse for a film.It makes you wonder what he was thinking while making it.He calls the film a thriller but really, there are no thrills in this Celina Jaitley-starrer.

Cast: Celina Jaitley, Farooque Shaikh, Abhimanyu Singh

Accident on Hill Road opens on a seedy note. At a day-care geriatric centre, aged men lust after a shapely nurse (Celina Jaitly) who is handing out ‘pinkies'(her name for Ecstasy pills), shots of rum and even displaying enough cleavage to bring light into their humdrum lives.Somehow her sweet demeanour doesn’t match her heavily pancaked face and within minutes, you are enveloped by a ‘this will turn out to be C-grade thriller’ feeling.Anyway, Celina is pretendng to be a sweet-natured nurse but in reality she’s a hard-as-nails drug-pusher’s tight squeeze with no scruples. And, she downs drinks and drugs like there is no tomorrow.

Her peddler boyfriend (Abhimanyu Singh) leches at anything that walks on two legs. The main plot unfolds when a drunk Celina knocks down a pedestrian (Farooque Shaikh) on Mumbai’s Hill Road. Don’t be disappointed. Of course, there are passing references to a Bollywood superstar (Salman Khan) and a star son (Puru Rajkumar) who’ve been involved in cases of drunken driving.Even as he begs for help, Celina who knows that if she gets embroiled in a controversy her future may just blow up, plots further, leading the film to a bizarre, bloody climax that would ideally befit a Ramsay horror film.

ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD had the potential to be a thought-provoking film that pricks your conscience, but what comes across is a half-baked attempt that runs out of steam soon after the intermission. In fact, the film begins quite well and a few moments as well as the twists and turns in the first half do keep you on the edge.

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