Friday, February 7, 2014

Heartless, Hindi Bollywood Film review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * *

Hindi film review
Johnson Thomas
 

Film review Heartless: All heart no soul!

Cast: Shekhar Suman, Adhyayan Suman, Ariana Ayam, Deepti Naval and Om Puri
Direction: Shekhar Suman

Rating: *  *


Adhyayan’s third Bollywood film , this time directed by his father Shekar Suman, is a bad copy of the  Hollywood supernatural/Thriller film ‘Awake’ starring Jessica Alba. As far as the story goes, there are interesting twists and inherent thrills but the plotting is just not up to the demands of such a story. A billionaire suffering from a rare heart disease opts for a transplant. But there is something sinister happening behind the scenes and what the patient gets is not what he originally opted for.
 Shekar Suman, the first time helmer, is so indulgent towards his lead-actor-son that he overwhelms the narrative with romance and songs which the film could have done better without. As a result there’s not much tension and so the thrills just don’t seem like thrills. The twists and turns in the screenplay also remain unexciting. The story is not typically Bollywood, but the effect is. The performances are all heavy laden. There’s not much room for rapier wit or exciting, riveting drama. The treatment is severely lacking in smarts. Just goes to show that even a bad Hollywood flick can look good when compared to it’s re-envisioned Bollywood take!

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