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<i>Woh Lamhe</i>: A long way to go?

By: Dhanyasree.M
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Mahesh Bhatt's movie Woh Lamhe fails to sense the rhythm of the public despite of its prior advertisement and glories. The movie had been celebrated prior to its release as the real life story of Parveen Babi and Mahesh Bhatt. Even though the script and story are strong the other aspects of Woh Lamhe fail to make it a memorable experience for its spectators.

Woh Lamhe when the acclaimed actress Sana Hasim (Kangana Ranaut) attempts suicide and gets hospitalized. She had been vanished from acting field three years before. The thriving director Aditya Garewal (Shiney Ahuja) arrives at the hospital and promises to give anything in his life to get Sana alive. The story then shifts to three years back through Aditya's memories.

The budding director gets the attention of the celebrated actress Sana Hasim through his insinuating remarks about her through magazines. But later she comes to him to escape the bullying of her dominating boy friend Nikhil (Shaad Randhawa) and to retain her own individuality. She abandons all her belongings to make Aditya's movie a success. Aditya falls in love with her without knowing that the actress is schizophrenic. Sana becomes Schizophrenic and hallucinates a girl named Rani (Mausumi) who warns her that the whole world is going to kill her.Sana's insensitive mother and Nikhil decide to give her a shock treatment. Aditya determines to save Sana and elope with her to Goa, where he hopes to cure her through medication and love. But destiny has something else in store for Sana.

All the actors except Kangana Ranaut fail to give spirit to their characters. Kangana Ranaut makes her role brilliant with the natural appearance. Her rendering of the dialogue is powerful as the emotions play on her face. After his brilliant performance in Gangster Shiney Ahuja disappoints his admirers in the role of Aditya Garewal. Shaad Randhawa and other cast play a major role in weakening the film.

Mohit Suri has to go a long way in direction to make himself successful. If any part of the film is successful for its direction, the credit goes to his mentor Mahesh Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt's story and the screenplay by Pearl Shahi make the film watchable. The songs in the film deserve a real acclaim. Prittam has done a remarkable job in Woh Lamhe.The song "Tu Jo Nahin Hai" sung by Glenn John is the best song that captures the spirit of the story better than the acting. The parallel song " Bin tere kya he Jeena" will definitely melt the eyes of those who have undergone the same situation in their lives. The film also shows off some brilliant photography by Bobby Singh and Akshay Singh. Over all the film can be watched if you only want to get a glimpse of the story that is much celebrated.

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