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Film : Muskaan
Producer : Bhushan Kumar
Director : Rohit-Manish
Cast : Aftab Shivdasani, Parvin Dabas, Gracy Singh, Neha, Anjala Zaveri, Vrajesh Hirjee.
Watching Muskaan is akin to watching four films at one time. The film starts off as a love story, gets into the groove of a love triangle, turns into a whodunit and there's an abundant supply of songs (musical) as well.
Samir (Aftab Shivdasani) is a successful fashion designer. He has three close friends in Sharad (Parvin Dabas), Satin (Vrajesh Hirjee) and Shikha (Anjala Zaveri), who work with him as well. Janvi (Neha) is in love with Samir, while Samir treats her as a mere friend. Samir becomes 'phone friends' with a girl named Muskaan (Gracy Singh). Their conversations, which begin with a wrong number, leads to a friendship and gradually, the two fall in love. Since both Samir and Muskaan are heading for Shimla (both are unaware of the other's location), they decide to talk again after fifteen days. While all this seems to be happening, there's a mysterious man who's out to assassinate Samir. The story shifts to Shimla and a new love story begins. Samir and Muskaan meet in Shimla, oblivious of each other's identity, sparks fly. They get attracted to each other and when Janvi arrives on the scene, the scene is set for a love triangle. Before Samir and Muskaan could profess love, Janvi is murdered. Who is the killer? Again, the story changes gears and the fingers of suspicion point towards her four friends. And as soon as the murder mystery is solved, the directors and writer start work on culminating the love story. The pre-climax, when the identity of the killer is revealed, may catch the viewer unaware, but the reason that prompts the killer to commit the murder looks outright ridiculous.
Aftab Shivdasani does make a sincere attempt to rise above the ordinary and he does succeed in a few sequences. Gracy Singh is strictly okay, though she needs to keep a vigil on her weight. Neha does quite well. Vrajesh Hirjee is loud. Gulshan Grover and Sharat Saxena are monotonous.
But, like they say, too many cooks spoil the broth, similarly too many sub-plots tarnishes the efforts of directors Rohit-Manish. They are not only saddled with an outdated and unimaginative story, even the execution of the subject is plain mediocre. Cinematography (K. Dattu) is quite captivating and the outdoor locales of Switzerland, South Africa and Dubai enhance the visual impact considerably. Music by Nikhil-Vinay sounds pleasing, but loses its impact when viewed with the narrative. In fact, in the first half-an-hour, as many as five songs flow one after the other, also making it look like a musical. On the whole, Muskaan will bring no muskaan on the faces of either the cinegoers or the makers or even its distributors.
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