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404  : This one’s for the mind
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Friday, May 20, 2011
Prawaal Raman
Nishikant Kamat, Imaad Shah, Satish Kaushik, Tisca Chopra, Rajvvir Aroraa
Delving into the finer nuances of the human mind, this film smartly blends psychology with thrills making it an interesting watch.

The plot: Set in a medical institution, the story revolves around a psychiatry professor Annirudh (Nishikant Kamat), an absolute rational who steers clear of the paranormal and believes only in science. Meera (Tisca Chopra) plays doctor and wife to Annirudh. Abhimanyu (Rajvvir Aroraa), a young new student who after falling prey to his senior’s ragging, is witness to a number of unusual events and is confused between illusion and reality. Chris (Imaad Shah), a troublemaking senior, lends a pivotal role to the plot while the warden (Satish Kaushik) has a small yet effective role to play.

The good: The USP of film is its subject and content, backed by strong performances from the cast. Nishikant Kamat as the professor is effortlessly natural, while Rajvvir puts in a fairly impressive show, though he could have taken his performance a notch higher. Imaad Shah with his subtle playing, steals the show. The slightly offbeat screenplay works well supporting the story, while the number ‘Kya dekh raha hai’ (music by Imaad) is dark and edgy. Satish Kaushik provides the perfect comic relief for this intense, gripping movie. The soundtrack manages to capture the essence and intensity of the story. The film is engaging in a way, where you are curious to know the outcome.

The bad: Since it is not a very commercial film, and refrains from the usual romantic twists, drama and song and dance routine, it will be enjoyed only by a certain section of the audience. Also, at certain places, the film feels a little slow. Tisca Chopra is not too effective and looks similar to the role she played in Taare Zameen Par.

Overall: If you are one of those people who watch movies only to have a good time, this film might not work for you. But for an out-of-the-box experience, watch this one.

– Nikita Periwal

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