Aa Dekhen Zara (2009)
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Aa Dekhen Zara's, protagonist Ray(Neil Nitin Mukesh) a photographer finds himself a camera left off by his dead grandfather which quite amusingly clicks photos, when developed shows the future of the people in the photos. During one such camera encounter is when he accidentally runs into Simi(Bipasha Basu) a DJ at a club. Ray adds color to his struggling life by the aid of the camera to win bucks through Lottery, Horse Racing and various other sources. He then starts living a polished life with Simi when fate strikes. He finds himself chased by both cops and Captain(Rahul Dev) to get hold of the camera. To add to Ray's agony is when, he finds out that he's going to be dead in a week's time and all he has is 7 days to find a safe place both for the camera and Simi. The events that lead upto the climax is for you to see it yourself.
Aa Dekhen Zara is fresh and feels good. Second half of the movie is more of the typical Bollywood chases and makes you feel restless as it seems never ending. All the actors are pretty decent and nothing appreciable. Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu both look good together and their screen presence is felt right away. Rahul Dev with his age old trademark negative role is spot on.
Music of ADZ is composed by Pritam and its average. Though nothing remarkable is seen in the Music Department, the album of ADZ is not a bad one. Though being an above average watch, the trick that is going to work for ADZ, is the marketing factor which was done quite superbly and that is going to pull people to the theaters.
I will go with 7 out of 10 for Jehangir Surti's Aa Dekhen Zara. A good watch for this weekend.
Raghav Movie Critic, Writer's Lounge
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Starring Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Rahul Dev, Bobby Vasta, Sophia Choudhary and Rajan Korgaonkar, this is directed by Jehangir Surti and is written by Sheershak Anand and Shantanu Ray Chhibbar.
Neil Nitin Mukesh, the grandson of the late and the famous Mukesh and son of Nitin Mukesh, has definitely made an impact and he certainly did it in his debut movie, "Johnny Gaddar" and he has done well in this. His opposite, Bipasha Basu has also done well and looks very stunning. But it was Rahul Dev who really does make the difference with his performance as he makes his character quite believable; but unfortunately this has not saved the fate of this movie, even though the cast has done a good job and is directed well by Jehangir Surti.
Because this is rather far fetched by the thought of having something that is able to tell your fate, this becomes predictable all the way through and though it has all the ingredients of being a good thriller, it is not able to do that and this is where the plot fails and it is really a shame but it is not a disaster.
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.
The movie starts off impressively but then goes on a down slide with each new development on the screen. The story revolves around Neil and his Camera, which has the power of looking into the future. The camera can click photographs of the events which would be happening on the following day. The moment Neil comes to know about this gift, he goes on to fulfill all his wishes in life along with his lady love Bipasha.
Now reading the synopsis, you may feel excited to watch it, but the movie lacks the pull and passion required by the plot. A film based on future prediction should normally be a fast paced, exciting ride for the viewer. But the current flick fails to deliver the goods as promised. The main culprit behind this is the script, which is not able to hold the viewer at all. The sequences written are uninteresting and also conceived in a very simple way. There are too many loopholes in the story which are easy to spot even while watching the movie itself.
Director Jehangir Surti, has sure got the talent, but maybe he chose the wrong script. Same can be said about Neil Nitin Mukesh, who chooses his movies with utmost care. But this time, it seems he got over confident about the innovative plot and didn't care about its execution on the screen. Though performance wise he does a fine job but in my opinion, going by his looks, he should avoid dancing and love themes in his movies. Neil has got a perfect persona for thrillers and intense flicks, so he should look out for those kind of scripts more, leaving the usual bollywood stuff for others (like the act he did in his debut movie "Johny Gaddar").
Bipasha looks glamorous and she delivers what was required from her according to the script. Sophie Chaudhary on the other hand too looks sexy but it was indeed strange on part of the director to cast her as an Intelligence Agent. Others in the cast have strictly played their part as an official job assigned to them with nothing great to mention.
Musically, also the movie lacks a lot. Good thrillers either should not have any songs at all or should have highly entertaining songs which do not become an hindrance in the narration. Sadly here the songs are a big obstacle in the proceedings and are not able to entertain, not even the remix version of the hit R.D. Burman track from "Rocky". However among the few good things about the movie, is the camera-work in the chase sequences and fights, which is done superbly.
In short, the idea was good, which could have resulted in an exciting movie but the poor execution took away all the thrills from the otherwise interesting plot. Bollywood still has a lot to achieve in genre of Sci-fi fictions. The best movie till date on this topic still remains "Mr. India" but let's hope for better works in the coming years. If you are really interested in movies on journey into the future then do watch "Back To The Future" Series and enjoy the ride.
Yeah, THIS is what happens in this so-called thriller. The acting is laughably bad. Neil Nitin Mukesh sucks as a photographer who gets lucky when he finds out a camera made by his grandpa that shows the future. He starts winning lottery and horse races after betting on them until the bad guy finds out that he has the camera. Neil is very stiff and shows teaspoons on emotion. He especially looks weird when he shouts at Bipasha Basu or tries to console her.
Bipasha Basu is as always the same. Her beauty and better-than-bad acting cannot salvage this crap. Then comes Sophie Chaudhary, who has improved from her previous film "Shaddi No 1" but still stinks. I was laughing when he was saying those serious lines with that straight face.
The premise isn't bad but the story goes misleading as at first, only a day's future is shown while after the intermission, the future for the next days are also shown. There isn't any kind of visible shock when Neil learns that the camera shows the future. Also, the scenes that showed him striking luck in betting was so long and boring with the annoying background score of "Paisa Paisa!" Shut up!
One or two of the songs were good but the others sucked. The slower version of AA dekhein Zaraa is very boring. The story twists and turns till one feels to throw shoes at the director. The ending his horrible and nothing original.
It is clearly one of the worst films of the year. 2 out of 10.
The screenplay is shoddy.The song "Mohabbat Aap Se"looks forced.Sophie's track was wasted.
There are only one or two scenes which seem captivating.
Bipasha Basu is the only plus point of this bland movie.She looks sizzling.
Direction by Jahangir Surti is bad.
The music is okay.
Performance wise-The writers give minimum scope to both the leads.Rahul Dev is bad,Sophie is wasted.
Overall Aa Dekhen Zara is bad.
When he finds out that this camera can see the future,he starts using it for his own good, to get money, and to become one of the rich and successful.
The movie starts off great, and overall isn't such a bad film, but the problem is that it's way too predictable.. you know just about everything that will happen when you get into mid-film.
Neil Nitin Mukesh is convincing, Bipasha is just there for the glamour, Sophie is alright.
******* = 7 stars out of 10.
The handling however isn't up to the mark
The sudden break of song by Bipasha looks forced
The film fails to leave you interested till the end and that is the biggest drawback The film fails to entertain and looks stupid at times
Direction is nothing great Music is okay
Neil Nitin Mukesh just reprises his role from JOHNY GADDAR and doesn't add something new, he still needs to work on his diction and expressions Bipasha is as usual
The beginning is very shacky. You have no idea whats going on but the story gets back on track. The direction is pretty bad and the characters are not well developed.
Worth a one time watch. 6/10.
All in all I'll say far more to go, but a good attempt.
my rating, 3/5
Music, songs and fight sequence are hardly worth noticing.
Feeling sorry for Neil. After Johny Gaddar, coming after more than an year, this movie doesn't do justice to his talent at all. Bipasha is under utilized. Rahul Dev does justice to his role and for a change is not over the top.