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Karan and Priya Share a secret Raj wants to know the secret.

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Raj Singhania
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Karan Malhotra
Ameesha Patel ...
Priya (as Amisha Patel)
Johnny Lever ...
Mr. Darshan (as Johny Lever)
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Master Aman
Raj Anand
Bhairavi
Baby Cherry
Donny
Farhan
Dinesh Hingoo ...
Rustom
Firoz Irani ...
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Dilip Joshi ...
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Kurnail Kapoor
Shabnam Kapoor
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A wealthy industrialist and business man named Raj Singhania lives in Bombay, India. He reaches up with a music band in which Karan Malhotra is the leader and Priya is his right-hand and sweetheart. Karan finds that it is not easy to achieve one's merit. A contract made between the two for his band to sing on a crusade for Raj. He agrees to do so and later on conspire with his girlfriend Priya to take over Raj vast estate by setting up his girlfriend to marry Raj fakely. On a chance encounter one day Raj and Priya both meet, where by Raj fall head over heals in love with Priya. And later on they both got engaged. Raj carry Priya and introduce her to his entire family where a date for the marriage between the two is set. And later on finalized. On his wedding night Priya speaks to Raj about she must remain a virgin until one month and he agrees to do so, unknown to him that it is a conspiracy by Karan and Priya. After a few days Priya decides to break plans with Karan releasing what is... Written by hEmRaJ (gavin_coolhgr@hotmail.com)

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During the end climax scene, Priya shoots Karan in the back of the head with the exit wound developing at the center of his forehead. He then turns around and even lifts his gun to shoot Priya. With the bullet wound he received, he would have died instantly due to its passing through the brain. See more »

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When Raj is going home after listening the audio tape he is in a red car, but in the shot taken from inside the car, the side mirror is blue. See more »

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Tune Zindagi Mein - Sad
Written by Sudhakar Sharma
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Venus Records and Tapes Ltd.
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Deserves a dekko solely for Akshaye Khanna
7 July 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Among the contemporary Bollywood movie directors, I am a big fan of the director-due Abbas-Mustan. Their filmmaking style contains watching the DVD of some good Hollywood thriller, then getting the script of their next movie ready by using the theme of that Hollywood movie, changing the characters and the milieu according to the taste of the Bollywood movie audience and getting some good songs composed by the music directors. Earlier they used to borrow the title also from some old commercially successful Bollywood movie. This formula has worked well for them in many movies made by them. One such movie is Humraaz (2002) whose title has nothing to do with the story or the classic Hindi movie made by B.R. Chopra - Hamraaz (1967).

There are only three main characters in the story - Karan (Akshaye Khanna) who is the leader of a music band, Priya (Ameesha Patel) who is Karan's associate in the band and sweetheart in the real life and Raj (Bobby Deol) who is a multimillionaire businessman. Karan manages to get the contract of running music band on Raj's cruise and then his sweetheart Priya makes Raj fall in love with her. The director-duo has very generously exposed it at the interval point itself that the love of Priya for Raj is fake and she has trapped him in that under some scheme masterminded by her real sweetheart Karan.

After the interval, the game of checks and checkmates begin between Karan and Raj when Raj comes to know about the real link between Karan and Priya. However Priya bows before the real love of Raj for her and she no longer remains as willing to dance to the tune of Karan and be a faithful wife to Raj instead. Raj first decides to kill Priya considering her as infidel but soon he comes to know of the change of her heart also. However by that time, he has already taken his plan to ensure her death, only to be checkmated by Karan who is the real mastermind here. Finally, it's the villain only who loses in this chess-like game, not the hero.

As said earlier, the title of Humraaz (someone who knows your secret or someone whom you have shared your secret with) has nothing do with the story presented. Though the narrative is very interesting and keep the viewer engrossed, there is nothing like suspense for him. After coming to know of the collusion of Karan and Priya in the scheme of trapping Raj and extorting money from him, whatever little suspense has been there, is also gone and there is hardly any suspense in the post-interval session. The curiosity of the audience regarding the conclusion has been maintained though.

The story has been written by taking the basic grains from Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie - Dial M for Murder (1954) which was remade as A Perfect Murder (1998). However the directors appear to be more interested in showing lavishness, remote-control gates, video-conferencing through internet (which was a recent development in the world of technology at the time of this movie), one-way mirrors in bathrooms of the cruise etc than having a good script for the movie, using those basic grains. That's why their grip on the movie gets loosened at many places and the movie could not be as good as it could have been.

Technical and production value wise, the movie scores like anything but lavishness leaves a positive impact on the audience only when the script is taut and engaging and Humraaz loses the plot on this count. Raj (Bobby Deol) takes interest less in his business and more in watching nude females through one-way mirrors fitted in their bathrooms. And mind it, he is the hero of this movie. His roaming about the world alongwith his cruise, leaving his vast business behind and leaving his mother in Jaipur (their hometown), also does not make any sense. The lead female character is given the form of a vamp in the major part of the movie but she turns out to be the heroine in the final reels. Changing her infidel and greedy character to that of a devoted wife or Sati Saavitri is sudden and not very convincing.

Himesh Reshammia's music contains foot-tapping numbers and can be considered as overall good. Bardaasht Nahin Kar Sakta is my favourite song from this album. Shiraz Ahmed's dialogs are as average as his screenplay is.

Performance wise talking, both Bobby Deol and Ameesha Patel are average alongwith the supporting cast members, are average. The real performer in this movie is the villain Akshaye Khanna who has delivered a sensational and convincing performance. He is a talented actor and was able to create his sizable fan-following in the initial years of his career itself. The movie alongwith his role may be considered as ordinary but his performance is extra-ordinary.

If you want to watch an Indianized version of Dial M for Murder or A Perfect Murder, I suggest you to watch Mukul S. Anand's Aitbaar (1985) which is a much better adaptation of the classic Hollywood movie (s). Still, courtesy Akshaye Khanna, this Abbas-Mustan presented Bollywood potboiler is also worth a dekko.


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