Sunday, May 27, 2007

Naqaab sneak peek? Bleak.

A Naqaab trailer and song premiere is up on IndiaFM and I am underwhelmed. Music that I'm sure is supposed to sound haunting (and part of which I swear is also used in the early scenes of Main Hoon Na, I think when Naseeruddin is shot and Shahrukh responds in slow mo, or maybe during his funeral) plays while we see the reflection of a woman in a white wedding dress (Urvashi Sharma, I believe) in a puddle in front of a dilapidated building. Bobby Deol - sporting his much-mocked long, bedraggled hair* - says "I do," Akshaye says he does too, and then the bride says she doesn't. And the voiceover says "There is a lie behind every truth; there is a face behind every face."

What? That's not suspenseful or puzzling or intriguing, as you'd want a thriller to be; that's just stupid. Everyone wears a mask and no one is who s/he seems, or every person is related to or entangled with others. Either way, we've heard it before, and my reaction is "So what?" I don't know, it just doesn't seem very interesting despite every attempt to make it look so - furtive glances, a couple in bed, alcohol, a wedding, and hieroglyphics (you know that's going to be a mess) - maybe because we've already seen Akshaye and Bobby together in a "who is this person really" thriller by the same directors?

But I will say something nice: I like the title ("Veil"); it implies a bit of concealment and/or secrecy, both appropriate in a thriller, and if we're lucky it might even refer to the repeated image of the bride. Just last week I discovered that IndiaFM puts the literal English translation of Hindi titles on the "cast and crew" section of their entry for films, and I could not be more grateful.

* Akshaye's 'do isn't much better. Look in the stills. Also, I don't know if it's his hair or the clothes or some sort of by-product of the aging process, but he seems to be losing his neck. It's really odd.

5 comments:

ranii87 said...

Just want to say Hi, its my first post here. Beth you have a really interesting blog here.

Adding on my comments:

Somehow I'm not intrigued by this movie, and I would like to be considering that it has two good actors like Akshaye and Bobby and the fact that they were in Humraaz, but it has this kind of deja-vu feeling to it. This movie in a way looks like something you would have seen in 2002 time, and heck its 2007 now. The slogan line is also stupid- The Most Shocking Thriller of the Year- LOL. Its just not doing it for me :( But then again, the makers apparently had only 4 months to shoot for this because they were planning to start a multistarrer called Race- with Saif, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha, Katrina, Anil and Sameera Reddy. From what I heard, the movie start in Sept 2006 and ended in Dec. 2006.

Also Akshaye, well he looks chubby here in this movie, and the clothes- the less said the better. But I think its a bit of sign of relief to know, that he lost all that weight later on, for that multistarrer Race like I mentioned above. This is a recent picture, and the clothes- what an improvement.

http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/5738/27042007107df9.jpg

akshayefan said...

Naqaab was shot in haste but it still looks good. There is a Humraaz hangover but I think it's working for the movie because Humraaz was a hit. Yeah, Akshaye looks a bit chubby here but he said he'd knock it off for Race and knock he did.

Beth, you have a great blog.

Ashok said...

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if you are not scared of knowing what the film is about....

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