The Xpose directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan has the
star cast Himesh Reshammiya, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Zoya Afroz
and Sonali Raut.
Do you readers even remember when was the last time did we all
watch an intelligent and entertaining thriller?
Normally, all they do is line up a slew of stiff cardboard
suspects trying to look guiltily into the camera, and pick one of
the gallery of eccentrics as the one whodunit and impute a silly
motive on him.
This story revolves around the Bollywood industry of the 60s.
Ravi Kumar played by Himesh Reshammiya is an angry ex-cop turned
actor who has signed up by Bollywood director Subbu Prasad played
by Ananth for a film titled ‘Ujjwal Nirmal
Zara is the female lead of that film who tries to seduce him.
Ravi, however, is madly in love with newbie Chandni played by Zoya
Afroz. The sudden murder of Zara changes the whole scenario and
then goes off to whodunit mode!!
Who is the actual murderer ? Will the culprit be caught is the
rest of the story without doubt!
Director Ananth Mahadevan is not known to err in his execution
of the plot, no matter how trivial it may appear on paper. He goes
at the whodunit with a relish that communicates itself to the
audience. Set in the film industry during the late 1960s, there is
a flouncy flair and glossy aura.
Playing a Southern superstar with an arrogant self-regard that
rivals the legendary haughtiness of 'Jaani' Raaj Kumar, Himesh
Reshammiya is reborn as an actor. Suprised???
Yes, His piercing icy-cold eyes give away nothing, and
everything. He is man in love... with himself, then with a woman
whom he can't bear to see go astray.
Mahadevan recreates the impassive allure of the entertainment
industry with his tongue lodged firmly in his chic. You can't miss
the broad references to the gossip, scandal and rivalry of the film
Every actor from Nakul Vaid as a matinee idol grappling with
suspicion to newcomer Zoya Afroz as a star on the rise struggling
to remain virtuous in a world built on artifice, and Sonali Raut as
the slutty ambitious star on the rise who sleeps around for a
price, is cast well and given a chance to effectuate his or her
playing-time with punctuation marks that may not be written in the
Yo Yo Honey Singh makes his Bollywood acting debut. Playing a
spoilt, pampered,deceitful music director who marries into money
and undeserved inheritance, Yo Yo imparts a certain innocence to
his character's duplicity and greed. He isn't the villain but a
victim of his unquenchable appetites.
Normally films set in the entertainment industry end up taking
themselves too seriously. The Xpose careens between a mood
of gratuitous satire and earnest regret for a world where sham is
the name of the scam.
The major negative point about the film is that the film fails
miserably to build the momentum that a murder mystery needs.
Admittedly some of the razzle-dazzle in the film (for example, the
heroine emerging from the sea in a bikini) doesn't belong to the
While the second half gets back to the point, Ananth does not
have much time to unfold the mystery and that explains the
thickened plot and pointless end.
So who said the world of the make-believe had to follow any
rules? Yup, there is no business like show business. This whodunit
The only good thing about the film is SURPRISINGLY, Himesh
Reshammiya (Awww!!) and nothing else.
If you readers are satisfied with this review why waste your hard earned money? That sums up The Xpose!