Humraaz (2002)

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Humraaz begins as a mushy romantic caper in the first half but becomes a rough rehash of the Hollywood hit “A Perfect Murder” after the interval. The second half is full of surprises. Directors Abbas-Mustan deserves praise for attempting something which has never been seen before in Bollywood.

Cast: Bobby Deol, Akshay Khanna, Amisha Patel

They have managed to give their audience a great star cast combination in Bobby Deol, Akshay Khanna and Amisha Patel; excellent visuals due to concise shot execution; a melodious musical score which flows with the suspense; and most important of all a gripping script which keeps the audience absorbed throughout the film.

Firstly, there is conspiracy to kill Priya (Amisha). Either of the two men is behind this conspiracy – her husband Raj (Bobby) or her close friend Karan (Akshaye). Confusion prevails as both of them are shown with shades of gray. And the ultimate surprise comes just before the end when Karan takes a U-turn and catches everyone off-guard.

Once again Akshaye Khanna shows his histrionics range and portrays a character that is complex and has a psychotic streak. Amisha Patel too fits into the role of a vulnerable wife who can’t bring herself to trust her husband. Post interval, she convincingly delivers the expressions of a terrified woman who is being stalked by some lunatic.

Bobby Deol plays a smitten millionaire (in the first half) with flamboyance. His character acquires complex shades when it goes through anguish, pain and dilemma in the second half. That’s when Bobby falters and is often seen hamming.

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