Sunday, March 04, 2007


-By Swetha Amit
Some love stories cannot be understood.

Nishabd proves the factual aspect of the above statement. She is 18 and he is 60.What is ideally an age gap between a father-daughter relationship in reality, is entwined into a different concept altogether.

The film starts with a narration by the Big B himself with a dark, gloomy sound effect. Portraying his popular screen name in his earlier movies, Vijay is a photographer depicting his passion. His wife Amrita (Revathi) and daughter Ritu (Shraddha Arya) complete the family settled amidst the lush green hills.

Little does Ritu realize that an innocent stay over invitation to her friend could cause a twist in the tale on a literal basis. Enter Jiah (Jiah Khan), who after a brief introduction reveals herself to be a product of a broken home. The latter for some reason develops a fascination for the Big B.With visits to tea-estates and exchange of conversations with a tinge of eccentricism; feelings start to develop within Jiah going beyond than just a mere awestruck attitude. After several moments of confiding, Vijay too finds himself drawn to this effervescent and vibrant girl. Acknowledgment of these tender feelings to one another is overheard by Ritu who is naturally devastated.

Unable to convey this to her mother, Ritu confesses to her uncle Sridhar (Nasser) who tackles the situation. The cat is finally out of the bag as confrontations occur.Shock, misery and anguish runs through everybody's minds while searching for a solution to this queer situation. In the midst of this mess, enters another love struck lad (Aftab Shivdasani in a special appearance) who declares his love for Jiah from his school days. The film ends in a rather abrupt manner.

Amitabh seems stoic, yet convincing.Revathy does well especially in the emotional scenes. Nasser makes an impact in his brief role.Jiah Khan looks fresh as a promising new comer. The background score depicts the typical Ram Gopal Varma product.

A rather bold theme derived from a Hollywood movie. This film is not likely to go down too well with the audiences. It’s something that one will be unable to identify with. Fascination from Jiah's end can be rationalized as an 'adolescent crush’. But a 60 year old and wise man reciprocating her feelings?

Something that is inexplicable.Bollywood films depicting infidelity and live-in relationships, have left a large negative impact on the current youth and society. It is slowly gnawing out the Indian culture. Aping the west, for the wrong reasons, has become a contemporary scenario. Amidst all this, do we really need films like Nishabd to rob us out of whatever little Indian tinge that is left in our country?

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