Three-Love, Lies, Betrayal (Hindi)

Cast: Akshay Kapoor, Nausheen Ali Sardar, Ashish Choudhary

Director: Vishal Pandya

Director Vishal Pandya has redrawn the same old triangle with infidelity at the vortex. The only difference is that the location is scenic Scotland. A couple is going through troubled times. Anjani (Nausheen Ali Sardar), who is a violin teacher, has to run the household, because husband Rajeev’s (Akshay Kapoor) business is refusing to take off. The husband offers to sell the mansion they live in but Anjani is against the idea because it holds the memory of her parents. Instead she opts to rent out a part of the house. A bleary-eyed Sanjay (Ashish Choudhary) is the tenant. Within a couple of scenes, the husband bares his heart to the tenant in a drunken stupor. And in the next Ashish traps Anjani in love. She realises her fault when she discovers that Sanjay is also after her property. She goes back to her husband only to be surprised all over again.

The plot is as stale as the tagline but Pandya has managed to imbue it with his mentor Vikram Bhatt’s stamp with some innovative thrills and turns. He is failed by a dialogue writer, who seems to have worked overtime to be witty but the result remains largely cheesy.

The cast refuses to emote even basic sentiments. Nausheen looks good only from certain angles and Akhay and Ashish fail to improve upon their reputation of logwoods.

A.K.

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