But here in lies the tragedy of Madhureeta Anand’s flick. She shows the wife as the mattress to be trampled upon, with no spine. A male chauvinist’s view, where she does not allow the woman to speak her mind out to her two-timing husband who has reduced her to what she is. In fact, she shows her imploring, even begging him not to leave. Even if she had turned the script at that level to give some meat to Raima’s character, the film would have come out looking good. It’s surprising that this here could be the view of a woman about a woman!
But no, Raima Sen’s character is given no such luxury of having her own mind or speaking it out. Her husband played by Arbaaz Khan is too dominating and too cunning who tries to blame her for the bad marriage when he himself is the culprit. He rebukes her when she sings in public, makes her pack off her harmonium and douses her spirit. We are living in the 21st century and such atyachar on married woman by their spouses in the metropolis is hard to digest, especially by the educated.
Randeep Hooda who comes in as Raima’s dream has a dream run as far as sporting different costumes go. Filmmakers, who would want to cast him in different roles, will not need an audition. Just a DVD of this film will do.
To be fair to Raima and Arbaaz, both play their part well. While your heart goes out to Raima’s desperation, you feel angry at Arbaaz’s cool, scheming character. But that’s not enough as you are treated to this dream.
When it ends, you almost hear yourself say, Thank God it’s over!