April 23, 2010 3:41:07 pm
Cast:Rohit Roy,Tanushree Dutta,Neetu Chandra,Anupam Kher
Director: Jag Mundhra
When you see an excessively simple lass,oiled hair bound in two plaits,dupatta draped around her,getting off a train in Mumbai,your antennae should go up. You should know that this is a girl whos too good to be true,that within a heartbeat,she will turn around,and her simper will turn into a snarl.
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Some years ago,Hollywood had put out a film called ‘ Single White Female,a highly effective thriller featuring two girls: one of whom is looking for a roommate,and the other who shows up as a perfect candidate. The latter is sweet and demure,and fits right in,and then slowly,things start to go sour.
Jag Mundhras ‘The Apartment is a clear ripoff. Tanushree Dutta plays an airhostess with twin problems: shes got a flat,but not enough money to make the rent; shes got a boyfriend (Roy) who is willing to stump up,but shes the jealous sort,not being able to bear seeing him with anyone else. Of course they have a lovers tiff,and of course the result is that hes out,and eager new girl (Chandra) is in. Its the same girl whod got off the train in the first shot. Aha.
Mundhras strength used to be that he made movies that reflected societal concerns. In his last outing,Aishwarya Rai was presented to the world as a battered wife (Provoked); an earlier film had Nandita Das as a disadvantaged rural woman who fights for her rights (‘Bawandar). You couldnt accuse him of sophistication,but he did know how to tell a tale. Now it looks as if it was all in the past
Apart from the fact that it is stolen,’The Apartment suffers from bland acting,and superfluous songs: Neetu Chandra is the only one who takes advantage of Mundhras latest. She shows once again she can emote,which you cant accuse her co-stars of,but this is the kind of film that you watch on and off. More off than on.
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