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AASHAYEIN - Movie Review : Nagesh is back with a worth watching film having only few avoidable glitches. (Movie Review by Bobby Sing)
28 Aug, 2010 | Movie Reviews / 2010 Releases

From “Anand” to “Kal Ho Na Ho” and to the recent “Dasvidaniya”, Indian viewers have witnessed numerous projects based on the stories revolving around a dying personality. Yet, Nagesh Kukunoor opting for this cliché subject did raise many questions in my mind before watching the movie. But coming as a complete surprise AASHAYEIN washed out all my doubts in just one hour and then turned out to be an entirely different experience with a novelty of its own having the same old stamp of the director who gave us “3 Deewarein”, “Dor” and “Iqbal” in the past.

As far as the story plot is concerned, AASHAYEIN may not have anything new to say to the viewers. But talking about its fresh treatment, the movie does have few worth mentioning merits in its kitty which rightly differentiate it from all the previous ones made around this particular subject.
If we look back, then all the films revolving around a dying person made by many famous directors in the past, have two things in common. Firstly it’s the fun element incorporated in them which lightens the mood of the viewer throughout the film, till it reaches its climax. Before coming to the concluding moments every such venture first makes you smile with few hilarious or enjoyable moments and then leads you towards the end, talking about the ultimate death of the hero. Secondly, all those movies have never been too verbal on the subject of death. If you can recall, their characters always talk about the most certain truth in a very subtle way without any strong offensive or direct dialogues in a sheer poetic kind of mood.
AASHAYEIN breaks all these preset modes of the subject and takes you into a more bitter, hard hitting and truthful kind of arena where every character clearly knows that he has to die in few months and they don’t feel shy or uncomfortable talking about it freely with each other. All the key characters of the script live under one roof, getting their decent daily life facilities while waiting for their final moments to arrive any time. And it’s the interaction between these different dying people in the film, which transforms it into a worth watching venture, dissimilar to anything you have seen before (made around the same theme).
Especially the sequences between John Abraham and Anaitha Nair, which are beautifully written and superbly enacted by the talented duo. The verbal expressions of Anaitha when she talks about her experiences within and outside the help-house are simply a treat to watch. In fact, death has never been expressed so freely on Indian screen before as done by Anaitha in AASHAYEIN. In short she gives the most explosive performance of the movie which deserves to be seen as a must.
Apart from John-Anaitha’s brilliant on-screen chemistry, the movie has some highly enlightening scenes featuring Farida Jalal, Girish Karnad, Sonal Sehgal and a charming child actor Ashwin Chitale. Here I would like to mention a dialogue which has never been used before in a movie on the same theme, where in Sonal explains her trauma to John saying, “Your pain gets over within few days when you would be gone, but what about us, the people you will leave behind. How are we suppose to live with this pain all our life?” Indeed a well written thought put in by the writers.
John Abraham being the central character surprises you with an honest and heartfelt performance. After the few initial moments, you just forget about his killing looks and star status and start believing in his pain as he easily establishes an emotional relationship with the viewers. Undoubtedly he delivers a performance he can always feel proud of. Other than the main lead, Nagesh extracts some great performances from his entire supporting cast (including himself in a cameo) and with this; he once again proves his mastery over the medium when it comes to emotional and sensitive subjects.
Salim Suleiman’s music works as you are watching the movie, but the song featuring Shreyas Talpade as the rock band leader remains the one in your mind while walking out of the theater. And Shreyas is also equally good performing it on the screen. Another merit of the movie remains its Cinematography which captures both the indoors and the outdoors fantastically. As a matter of fact, I still remember the last shot on the screen with just the clouds all over and John only in the one fourth part of the screen at the bottom.

Now let’s talk about the main avoidable glitch in the movie which serves as a big unwanted interruption in its otherwise smooth progression. Here I am referring to all those sequences in the film wherein John imagines himself as Indiana Jones leading to some strange dream sequences inside a cave where there are many white faced ghosts tied in thick chains. The relationship of the dream with the reality was fine but why it was used in such a length was quite weird and out of my understanding. Anyone watching the reaction in the trial shows could have easily pointed out the irrelevance of the scenes and the restlessness they were capable of creating in the theater. Still, they somehow just made it to the final edit, hampering the overall impact of the film on its audience.
Along with this big mistake, Nagesh also uses another half baked and unexplained character in his script who gets no justification of any sort right till the end. This refers to the character of a small child who is shown to have some magical healing powers in his body. Now whether he really had some powers…., if yes then how did he actually benefit John with his powers in the end remains a mystery, since the director adds no scene in the climax to explain this imaginary angle in his script.  
So, in all AASHAYEIN could have been a much better and highly appreciated movie in absence of The Indiana Jones character in its script. It certainly has its own highly commendable moments to watch and learn from. But minus all those dream sequences it surely would have impressed a lot more people in the theaters as well as in the industry. Still it didn’t deserve to be canned for more than a year for whatsoever reasons.   
Regarding its box office prospects, the chances are not so bright as today’s busy generation is simply not interested in seeing a movie revolving around the theme of Death, unless there is a Shahrukh, Aamir, Salman or Hrithik dying on the screen. But I would really like to recommend it to my readers, for the effortless performance put in by Anaitha Nair and its few not to be missed enlightening moments, capable of teaching some new lessons of life to all of us.
Ratings : 3 / 5  (.5 given more only for the performance of Anaitha Nair)
(Note: The film may appear to be depressing to many viewers who simply dont like to discuss or watch anything related to the topic of DEATH. But if you are willing to see the positive things in its few well written sequences then it indeed becomes a fine movie made on the most certain truth of our lives.)

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