Hindi cinema is slowly waking up to hardcore thrillers. Earlier this year, Abbas-Mustan's Race chartered a totally novel path. The twists-n-turns in the plot moved in a serpentine manner, with the viewer finding it difficult to guess what the outcome would be. Woodstock Villa, directed by Hansal Mehta, also leaves the viewer guessing what's in store next. The twists in this 12 reeler may not catch you by complete surprise, but have ample shock value at times.
Woodstock Villa is treated more like a Hollywood flick. The plotline, the sequence of events, the execution of the subject, the hand-held/jerky camera movements, the grainy look -- this is no been-there-seen-that kind of a movie experience [at least for Indian audiences]. But a film molded on the lines of an English film should start and end without any diversion. In this case, the obstacles are the songs. Frankly, Woodstock Villa would've made a stronger impact had it been a songless fare, since the songs are like unwanted guests.
Overall, a decent fare that appeals more to those with an appetite for hardcore thrillers.
A successful businessman's [Arbaaz Khan] wife [Neha Uberoi] disappears one night. She has been kidnapped. The captor [Sikandar] demands a heavy ransom, but things go wrong as the wife is murdered. The captor buries the body at a secluded spot. But the mystery only deepens.