Monday, December 10, 2007

'Khoya Khoya Chand’: Retrieving the Golden era

-By Swetha Amit
The glistening sets; elegant glide of the leading ladies; coy yet determined glances; emotions expressed with great conviction and suavity; and the glittering ambience takes one back to the Golden era of Indian cinema during the 50s and 60s.

There are many aspirants in the Industry whose passion for films extended up to even giving up their dear lives. Sudhir Mishra’s Khoya Khoya Chand is one such story of two aspiring stars and their tumultuous relationship; who taste success and yet are left with a bitter taste ironically.

Nikhat (Soha Ali Khan) has ambitions of shining among the stars in the glamour world of films. Luck favors her as she is spotted by the top leading actor Prem Kumar (Rajat Kapoor). The latter takes her under his wing and promotes her throughout which gives him pleasure in more than one aspect. Nikhat attains immense adulation which is contradictory to her inner feelings of melancholy and her disturbed past. This is especially, when she learns of Prem Kumar’s engagement to another girl outside the industry.

Meanwhile her chance encounter with an upcoming script writer Zafar (Shiney Ahuja) gives her a shoulder to release her burden of her traumatic episode and her continuity of being exploited. From there on starts a brewing romance between the two which goes strong until a point where an upsetting change of events occurs. Feelings of frustration and ego clashes leads to a turbulence which jolts the smooth sailing affair to crash like waves in a stormy weather. Nikhat gets devastated as she falls apart from everything including the love of her life. Drowning in a pool of misery, she abuses her healthy stance over the next few years. Until she regains yet another golden chance to retrieve her lost persona which was eclipsed with darkness similar to the moon on a new moon day.

Khoya Khoya Chand scores in the first half yet lacks luster in the latter failing to create a lasting impact. The story drags in several parts which cause the audience to shuffle with impatience and restlessness.

Soha Ali Khan does a decent job yet not matured enough as an actress to carry the burden of such a role solely on her shoulders. However her looks fit the bill of a 60s look like a missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle. Rajat Kapoor has nothing much to do except portray his confused grey shades in character with his continuous frivolous ways. Shiney Ahuja does well in some parts especially the ones which portray his gloom and frustrations. The supporting cast consisting of Vinay Pathak makes his unique mark.

Some of the scenes stand out. The one where Shiney Ahuja has tears brimming in his eyes while shooting a film based on his true life story is touching. Soha’s drunken and confrontational scenes are well done.

The story is inspired from portions of yesteryears leading actresses’ real ones such as Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nargis.

Sudhir Mishra manages to take the audience on a trip back to those glorious years especially with the soothing music and the whole look and feel to the movie. Well directed in some parts it manages to strike a chord sometimes but loses its rhythm in some.

Overall a well attempted venture which tends to give one a glimpse into the yesteryears filmdom and the essence of retrieving the golden era.
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