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Dangerous Ishhq  : Karisma Returns, Many Times Over
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Vikram Bhatt
Karisma Kapoor, Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutta, Rajniesh Duggal, Gracy Singh, Ruslaan Mumtaz
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Perturbed by the events of her current life, model Sanjana delves into her many past lives to unravel the layers of mystery and win her love back.

The plot: Supermodel Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) and Rohan (Rajniesh Duggal), are dating each other when she bags a plum modelling assignment which requires her to be in Paris for a year. She is packed and ready to fly but an inexplicable intuition holds her back and she returns to make marriage plans with Rohan.

However, her whole life is thrown off gear when Rohan is kidnapped with a ransom demand of a pricey `50 crore. Troubled times lead to her discovering herself along with lover Rohan through past life regression in three different eras where the varied setups show her what all they have been through. It also aids her in her search for clues to reach Rohan’s current kidnappers.
A well-crafted climax ends the film on a favourable note.

The good: Bollywood’s love for past life and reincarnation is explored further as Bhatt helms a mystery story that’s solved through past life regression. This along with Karisma Kapoor’s strong presence on screen after a long time, builds up curiosity and adds novelty to the film. The film lives up to its genre as well as its title, with the director skillfully building up tension and suspense as the narrative glides along. It is interesting to see how the pieces fit in together, stitching a fine thriller. Amin Hajee scripts a believable tale which, even though defies logic in certain weak moments, is decent overall.

Age hasn’t really caught up with Karisma, at least on screen, where she looks flawless. Divya Dutta, who has earned a reputation as effortless actor, slips into a variety of roles with ease, leaving no scope for complaint. The supporting cast which includes Ravi Kishen, Gracy Singh, Samir Kochhar and Ruslaan Mumtaz do well in their limited screen space.

Music composer Himesh Reshammiya and Raju Singh (background score) drum up the necessary noise for drama.

The bad: Maybe because it is her comeback film or because her acting has always been that way, in certain sequences Karisma’s energy rubs off like that of an over enthusiastic child, crossing the delicate line between acting and overdoing it. Although Jimmy Sheirgill dons his cop’s uniform with suitable proficiency, we’ve seen him perform better. Rajniesh Duggal, the former Raymonds man, is suitable as the lover who tags along with Karisma for the ride through the ages.

As we keep travelling backwards in the protagonist’s life, going right till the 16th century, spanning 500 years, focus flickers and viewing the same thing occurring in different setups doesn’t seem too exciting.

The dialogues penned by Girish Dhamija are a major put-off with Karisma mouthing lines such as, ‘Chalo, jaldi chalo’ while dragging across an injured Rajniesh or Divya Dutta consoling Karisma with ‘Humne upar wale ka kya bigada hai, jo hamare saath aisa hoga?’

Vikram Bhatt, in what can be termed as his fascination to explore the medium, uses 3D again after Haunted 3D. However, here it isn’t too pivotal to the story.

Overall: Karisma works hard on her comeback. With an interesting subject and a competent director guiding her, her job is made easier. While fans of Ms Kapoor will be delighted that she’s back with no dents in her armour, it makes a once-in-a-lifetime viewing for others.

– Nikita Periwal
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