Woh Lamhe (Hindi)
Director: Mohit Suri
Cast: Kangana and
A bleeding heart makes for a moving film. Even as Mahesh Bhatt bares his soul without giving himself very many bonus points, "Woh Lamhe" turns out to be that melancholic exercise one has come to love and adore from the Bhatt camp. Keep a little space for very personal dreams here and you might just find a reflection in this film directed by Mohit Suri. Based on a rare bond the maverick filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt shared with Parveen Babi, this is a rare insight into the traumatic life of the much talked about actress.
She comes across here as a free-spirited Junagarh girl who reached the heights in Bollywood only to find that the companions are all climbers. Half an hour into the film and the heart aches with sorrow at the tragedies that awaited her at every corner and roundabout. However, this is not a relentless sob saga, saved largely by Pritam's music score and some outstanding lyrics.
In between you get some wonderful moments stitched together by Kangana and Shiney Ahuja. Kangana has those diabolical eyes that don't give her away. As Sana Azmi - the screen version of Babi - she parts with the body, keeps the soul to herself. And all along, Shiney brings suitable angst to his craft. Yet this film will appeal to all those who loved and lost, all those who lost and still love.