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Aa Dekhen Zara (2009)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 27 March 2009 (India)
A photographer has nothing going for him, until he inherits a camera that has the ability to predict the future. In the process, he gains dangerous enemies who wants his camera for illicit goals.

Director:

Jehangir Surti

Writers:

Sheershak Anand (story, screenplay and dialogue), Shantanu Ray Chhibber (story, screenplay and dialogue)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Neil Nitin Mukesh ... Ray Acharya
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bipasha Basu ... Simi Chatterjee
Sophiya Chaudhary ... Sophia
Rahul Dev ... Captain
Deepak Dhariwal Deepak Dhariwal ... Advocate Arora
Rajan Korgaonkar Rajan Korgaonkar ... Recovery Agent
Srivas Naidu Srivas Naidu ... Murli Murgadas - Bangkok Taxi-driver
Ashwin Nayak Ashwin Nayak ... Bike Rider
Thamapat Seengamrat Thamapat Seengamrat ... Inspector Baan
Sameer Siddiqui Sameer Siddiqui ... Romesh - Bookie
Sameer Siddiqui Sameer Siddiqui ... Ramesh
Bobby Vats Bobby Vats ... Puri
Bobby Vatsa Bobby Vatsa ... Special Officer Puri
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Storyline

Mumbai-based struggling wildlife photographer, Ray Acharya, is informed that his maternal grandfather has passed away, and left some mementos for him. He picks them up, finds out they include an old camera which has the uncanny ability to photograph the future. He uses it to amass wealth at the lotteries and races; and woos struggling singer, Simi Chatterjee, but finds that he has to face enemies who want the camera by hook or by crook. The first one is a ruthless assassin simply known as Captain; the other is Special Officer Puri. And even if Ray manages to survive either of these two - who pursue him all the way to Bangkok - he will still have to face yet another enemy - death! Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A Date With Fate


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Official Sites:

Eros Entertainment

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Freeze See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Music Composer Pritam was asked to remake the song Aa Dekhe Zara but he declined it saying that he doesn't want to remake the song which was originally composed by his mentor RD Burman,the song was later composed by Gourov Dasgupta. See more »

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References The Twilight Zone: A Most Unusual Camera (1960) See more »

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A Nutshell Review: Aa Dekhen Zara
28 March 2009 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Jumping from great heights and into a swimming pool is firmly a cliché in my books. Hollywood overuses it, and I see that influence has crossed borders as well. Need an escape when your character is cornered? Well, leaping off a building automatically means a body of water deep enough to cushion impact down below. There's nothing more lazy than that nowadays, so thumbs down to any story that offers this quick fix, like a "Goto" statement in a program, rather than opting for a more elegant programming structure.

It's a little bit surprising that Aa Dekhen Zara clocks in less than 120 minutes, with intermission. Not that all Bollywood movies are supposed to be at least 150 minutes long of course, but you can feel that director Jehangir Surti has not grasped the need to tell more in less time, and as such the characters suffer in being nothing more than cardboard caricatures. Sub plots tangent off one another that they felt half-baked, and were introduced for the sake of, rather than for a purpose and a need. Not that it was narratively bad, but the story suffered from the lack of time.

And time plays a key role in this science fictioner. Neil Nitin Mukesh plays Ray Acharya, a freelance photographer with mounting debt and no assignments. His grandfather is a great scientist, and when he passed away, Ray inherits an old camera which turns out to be more than meets the eye. Of course I'm not going to reveal what it does here, which the movie does in a montage one step being behind the audience who would already have figured out by then, but suffice to say that with great power comes great responsibility, and big trouble as well, as a given.

For what it's worth, it delves into the greed of man. With power comes the ability to satisfy the lust after money. You can bet your last dollar that everyone when thrusted with a new power, will try to see if it can be monetized. And if it can, then you're likely to milk it for its worth. And when it comes to money, it's typically all men for themselves, with everyone wanting a piece of the pie, stopping at nothing to try and get at it. If it's a golden goose that lays golden eggs, then there will be neighbours eyeing that fowl of yours. Villains though are extremely one dimension. Having the story shifted to Thailand in the later half of the film, there seemed to be no qualms in highlighting the corruption of the police as either informers, or greedy bastards, that seem to plague both countries.

Bipasha Basu delivers more spunk than the male lead Neil Nitin Mukesh here, and it's no surprise since the veteran has more mileage in action flicks under her belt. Her role as a DJ turned aspiring singer here I felt was little more than to allow the usual song-and-dance routine to come up. While that set in a club was natural, there was one awfully artificial routine in Thailand where Ray and Bipasha's Simi escape into an outlaw bar, and are forced to sing and dance for the Thai men just because they're expected to. Neil and Bipasha also looked very awkward with each other, sharing really no chemistry as lovebirds, but rather clicked when they're supposed to be estranged.

It has a potentially interesting premise and plot device set up, but alas the story's yet another bland action flick with little suspense as you're likely to stay one step ahead each time. If only it had a better story, but perhaps that was left to a sequel (which Aa Dekhen Zara lead into) which will probably not be made since this film would have tanked that prospect.


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