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Author Shaukat Vashisht lives a wealthy life-style in India with his wife, Antara, who is a College Teacher. Shaukat achieves fame when he is nominated for the Booker prize, and goes on to ... See full summary »

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Shaukat Vashisht
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Antara Vashisth / Tammana (as Aishwarya Rai)
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Yash
Aakash Pandey ...
Asyllum Inmate
Sadiya Siddiqui ...
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Susheel Chabra ...
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Brajendra Kala ...
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Brijendra Kala ...
Ramakant
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Mrs. Kapadia
Lou Lou ...
Publisher
Akash Pandey ...
Shouting Asyllum Inmate
Lalit Parashar ...
Mr. Bhargava
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Publisher's Assistant
Happy Sharma ...
College Peon
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Author Shaukat Vashisht lives a wealthy life-style in India with his wife, Antara, who is a College Teacher. Shaukat achieves fame when he is nominated for the Booker prize, and goes on to win it. His publishers, hoping that they have unleashed a goldmine, are disappointed with his subsequent works, and soon Shaukat is depressed to such an extent that he almost gives up writing. Then he decides to write a story on a woman named Tamanna, and figures that he will base this story on none other than Antara herself. For this purpose he starts to make note of her every movement, and it is then that he finds out that she has an admirer in fellow-teacher, Yash, a dashing young man - with a bright future ahead of him. Shaukat also finds out that Antara has never mentioned Yash to him, nor has she informed Yash that she is married. Watch how his obsession with Tamanna blurs Shaukat's reality with fiction and hallucination - with hopes still high that he will make a come-back and be nominated ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Esha Deol, Sushmita Sen, and Shamita Shetty were all considered for the main role after Kareena Kapoor opted out. 'Akshay Kumar' was approached for Sanjay Dutt's role. See more »

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tense yet beautiful
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shabd: My favorite movies are always Hindi; they have a sense of simple story lines and manage to make a special place in my heart. A few of my favorites is Shabd, which literally means "words", in Hindi.

Egotistic, obsessive, paranoid, and self-centered, Shaukat is desperate to write something real. He resolves to borrow from life. he starts building up a character in his head named Tamanna. To breathe life into his Tamanna, he manipulates his beautiful wife and fashion teacher, Antara (encourage her friendship with a lively photography tutor, Yash (Zayed Khan). The manner in which Shaukat maneuvers Antara to 'let go' of her emotions towards Yash is too simple. One never really understands why Antara is okay with risking her marriage, or what is going on in her mind. You are torn between her being either a submissive wife with no qualms about being treated like a puppet, or an adventurous woman who doesn't mind a casual fling with a younger guy who adores her.

Once the story -- Shaukat's, not the film's -- gets its tempo, the moody writer realizes the possibility of Antara actually falling in love with Yash. At first, he cries, and then decides to let reality. Too many questions are left unanswered. On paper, the idea of a frustrated husband seeking a story in his wife's uneventful life by prodding her to get closer to a younger colleague sounds more than fascinating. On screen, however, the transition of this concept is vague and confusing. Agreed, subtlety is an art. But leaving the viewer to his own devices for guessing mind-games till the very end is like creating a crossword without clues. Shaukat's internal conflicts are poorly established. For a literary author, the story he is intent on writing is somehow too cheesy. Ditto with Antara and Yash. They become friendly on the basis of some corny Sardar jokes. It's not funny at all. The interaction between Shaukat and Antara is interestingly done; they share a lot of sexual chemistry and undercurrents of tension. Shabd's strongest virtue is Sanjay Dutt. His Shaukat is complicated and controlling in nature. But Dutt lends expression to every complexity and fires up the screen with a superlative performance. He can be Godlike, arrogant, vulnerable, calculating. He rocks! The actor makes a great pair with Aishwarya Rai. She is a writer's muse after all. But enigma doesn't completely work for Antara. Her character comes out as someone incapable of thinking for herself and/or unconditionally/foolishly in love.

Shaukat loves to challenge himself with words, but reality intervenes and he is challenged by his love. Antra will gamble anything for her love (husband) but doesn't realize that she is the game. Yash seemingly loved Antra, beyond that he knew nothing else, not about her life, nor about her husband.


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