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Review: 'Phhir' is melodramatic, predictable

The performance by the lead actors unarguably is the worst feature of the movie.

Sujata Chakrabarti |

Updated:August 12, 2011, 12:06 AM IST
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Review: 'Phhir' is melodramatic, predictable
The performance by the lead actors unarguably is the worst feature of the movie.

Director: Girish Dhamija

Cast: Rajneesh Duggal, Roshni Chopra, Adah Sharma

From the word go, the film plunges you into an abysmal labyrinth of monotony. Not for even one moment does Phhir have anything original to offer and instead saps out the entire energy out of your system. The storyline is highly predictable, the performance dismal and sitting through the one hour and forty five minutes of the film almost makes you want to laugh out loud at every so-called twist and turn in the plot.

The film starts off on a very slow note – when in Manchester, England a long time ago, a desi sadhu (sage) reprimands a young Indian man for all the sins he committed. This man returns home and commits suicide, leaving behind a letter that surmises all his crimes. Fast forward to present day Newcastle, where Dr. Kabir Malhotra (Rajneesh Duggal) and his wife Sia (Roshni Chopra) are living a happily married life till one day, she suddenly disappears. Kabir's long search for his wife begins and he is joined by Disha (Adah Sharma) who has a special gift – she can foresee glimpses from the past and the present.

While the police investigate, Sia's best friend is mysteriously found dead in her bath tub. Finally after a long wait, the kidnappers finally call and demand a ransom. Despite repeated attempts by the police to nab the criminals, Kabir is trapped at a remote location by the crooks and the biggest surprise (sic) of the film is revealed.

What filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has (who has reportedly written the story behind this film) forgotten is that the audience today is not as gullible as probably before. There has been a ceiling fitted even to the most unbelievable suspension of disbelief. The performance by all three main leads is pathetic and the Rajneesh Duggal's whining for his lost wife throughout the movie will only make you sink deeper in your seat in misery and make you regret the moment you decided to walk into the theatre to watch this movie.

The dialogues between Rajneesh and Roshni are saccharin sweet and will most definitely give you a tooth ache. Adah Sharma has a weird look on her face through the length of the movie and not even for a minute does she exude the intensity of being a psychic. She wallows in her own secret grief and pulls down the spirit of the movie even further. Roshni Chopra should have stuck to her TV career and post-cricket match chit-chat rather than stepping onto the big screen that is no way her home turf. All the three actors go down trying too hard to act and make watching the movie an unbearable experience.

Rating: 1/5

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