Five former friends are abducted and held in a locked mall by a person dressed as Santa Claus.

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Om Jaiswal (as Purab H. Kohli)
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Jaideep Yeshwant Mahajan
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Jyotika Jhalani / Joe
Ayaz Khan ...
Imran Baig
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Abhimanyu Jaiswal / Abhi (as Samir Kochhar)
Amruta Patki ...
Gunita Sodhi
Pavail Gulati ...
Young Abhimanyu Jaiswal
Alok Batra ...
Young Om Jaiswal
Shweta Varma ...
Young Gunita Sodhi
Prasad Barve ...
Young Imran Baig
Mohit Dutta ...
Young Jaideep Y. Mahajan
Nutan Shinde ...
Young Jyotika Jhalani
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Imran's A.D.
Dipti Jindal ...
Mrs. Jaiswal
Mangala Kenkre ...
Meena Tai (as Mangal Kenkre)
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Wealthy Om Jaiswal has been discharged from a mental asylum after 12 years, lives under the care of Meena Tai, and loves his childhood sweetheart, Jyotika Jhalani. His brother, Abhimanyu, schemes to get him institutionalized but before that could happen both brothers are abducted and held in a locked mall. Together with them are Jyotika, as well as their childhood friends: Jaideep, the son of a politician, Yeshwant Mahajan - who is now a gangster, and uses his goon-power to force non-Maharashtrians to return back to their respective states. Bespectacled and overweight as a teen, Imran Baig, is now a popular Bollywood actor. And Gunita Sodhi - who always had a crush on Om - is now a beauty queen. Neither of them know who abducted them but blame each other - little knowing that soon a mysterious person, wearing a Santa Claus outfit, will soon not only compel them to play a deadly game but will also attempt to resurrect a traumatic and life-changing incident that occurred 12 years ago. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Keep hiding from this tacky thriller.
14 March 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Murder mysteries and thrillers, taking hints from the Hit plot of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" have never been huge box office successes in the past. And the same can be said for "Hide & Seek", the latest upgraded version of the story, which neither impresses you as a murder mystery nor enthralls you as a spooky thriller.

If a movie starts with all amateur actors, capturing the screen for a good amount of time right at the start, then it clearly gives you an idea about the whole project, its grandeur and its expected box office prospects. That's exactly the case with "Hide & Seek" which starts off with a very uninspiring flashback sequence, featuring the ages old Taj Mahal's marble miniature as the symbol of love. The scene shows a group of college friends getting involved in a deadly accident, which later bounces back in their lives after many years.

Throughout its duration of less than 2 hours, the movie keeps traveling between the past and present which becomes too confusing for the viewer because of its conflicting casting. It was indeed hugely surprising to see that there was no striking similarity between the different actors playing the characters in the past and the present. For instance it was very childish of the casting supervisor or director to choose a round faced girl to play the past of another beautiful girl having an oval face in the present. Also converting a teasingly fat & sheepish boy of the past, into a six pack actor of the present was quite unimaginable. Due to these extreme variations in the physical appearances of the characters, the viewer is simply not able to make out who's playing who in the past (in its initial moments), which proves as the greatest drawback of the movie. And by the time it all becomes clear, the game is already lost.

In real terms, the writer-producer Apporva Lakhia and his director Shawn Arranha remain confused between two genres, namely thriller and horror movies. They vaguely try to cater both types of audiences but in the process fail miserably. Their final outcome is not at all engrossing or spine-chilling as suggested by its promotional campaign. Though, the first time director shows his skill and does come up with some thrilling moments in the mid but overall it's just another small budget project, more likely to do well in only the Home Video market.

To be precise, there is no breath-taking or mind-teaser game being played between the characters as suggested by the title "Hide & Seek". In fact it's only a group of youngsters running & hiding from a killer dressed in Santa's costume, in a famous Shopping Mall locked from all sides in a night and that's it. Moreover, the underwritten climax further reduces the movies to only a below average attempt and nothing else.

In the acting department, there is hardly anybody to write about in details. Only Purab Kohli playing the disturbed boy and Amruta Patki playing Gunita manage to stand out from the entire cast. Samir Kochhar, who was great in "Jannat" is completely wasted. Arjan Bajwa plays it fine but also becomes loud in few scenes. Mrinalini Sharma is just there to look cute and again there is no similarity between her and the girl playing Jyotika's character in the past. The song "Tera Bina" which sounded good in the promos remains unnoticed. The movie also had another interesting song on "Santa" which probably couldn't make it to the screen. Background music is fine and Cinematography is just OK, but they both are unable to help in absence of a highly interesting screenplay which was the first need of the subject.

In few words, Moser Baer entertainment should soon come out with its DVDs to make the most out of it in this IPL season. If you are a die- hard fan of famous T.V. serials like "Aahat", then you can still opt for watching it in the theaters. Otherwise, keep hiding from this and wait for its Home Video release in the market.


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