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Dangerous games

anuj kumar
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glitzy thrillerRajeev Khandelwal and Tena Desae
glitzy thrillerRajeev Khandelwal and Tena Desae

Money can buy you everything but can it wipe off your past? Can it cleanse you conscience? Director Aditya Datt’s latest flick asks some timeless questions in the garb of a glitzy thriller. For a long time it seems like a case of much ado about nothing, a filmy adaptation of a reality game show to show us the height of voyeurism, something Hollywood has tried many times over. Such films usually end up promoting what they are trying to expose and here there are times when we do get a feeling that it is nothing more than an attempt to satiate the guilty pleasures of a section of multiplex audience and show them what Fiji has to offer as a tourist destination with lines like ‘Oh I love this place’ repeated many times but when Aditya finally opens his cards we are in for a surprise. He takes a little too long to come to the point but the final twist is sharp and gives the young restless and remorseless a rap on the knuckles.

Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya (Tena Desae) win a trip to Fiji. Surprised, they absorb the scenery and share their intimacy with us. But there is more to come. They walk into a trap of a reality game show being watched by millions on the Internet. Their host Khan (Paresh Rawal) offers them a “Sach Ka Saamna” kind of situation. The only difference is here the rule is if you lie you die and of course Rajeev is not the host but is playing a wilful participant. As expected as the game progresses the questions become personal and the tasks dangerous. The way the content of reality shows like Big Boss is going, Aditya imagination doesn’t seem too far-fetched but the problem is lack of novelty. As expected he is eager to explore the infidelity angle which has lost its bite. Also the narrative pattern becomes predictable after the fourth question. It is the performances and the hope to hear some piquant lines that makes one return after intermission. Rajiv Khandelwal is persuasive and Tena Desae comes across as a good copy of Priyanka Chopra. As is his wont Paresh Rawal effortlessly chews up the scenery but the role demands a little more suave personality. The final thrust gives Khan a reason to play the game and the Table its feet but overall it is a piece of furniture you can flaunt for a couple of hours.

anuj kumar

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Genre:Thriller

Cast:Rajeev Khandelwal, Tena Desae, Paresh Rawal

Plot:A couple walks into a game show to better their present not realising that it is their past which has brought them here.

Bottomline:It’s fuzzy, no it’s Fiji!


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