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Times of India
A love story adapted from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set against the backdrop of sand mafia, political power games and Naxalites in Banaras.
Welcome to the holy city of Banaras - replete with 'spesal' paan, levitating smoked-up (on herbs)
saadhus, Banarasi babus
high on bhaang and others'
on un-Holi celebrations. And amidst this colourful backdrop, an age-old feud simmers between two powerful families - The Mishras and the Kashyaps. Mishra son, Rahul (Prateik) - a romantic at heart, (chooses girls over guns); falling madly in love with Kashyap girl Bachchi (Amrya). One tight-chumma is all it takes to win her over (shortcut Romeo,
?). While the city bleeds with rivalry, enraged Naxals (led by Prashant Narayanan) and political powerplay - the star-crossed lovers defy all rules of bloody war and bravely take on the world. A band of characters add to this drama - Rahul's gori ex-girl (Evelyn Sharma); Teeta (Ravi Kissen - best of the pack) as Bachchi's vicious mamu; sadhu baba (Makarand Deshpande) high on crack; Mishra's lusty doosri biwi (Rajeshwari Sachdev - impressive act), and Rahul's homeboys (Amit Sial and Vineet Kumar Singh - lending strong support).
Prateik doesn't quite fit the part of a Banarasi boy in this tangled love tragedy. His accent doesn't blend in. He air-dives and leaps from terraces and '
' his way across walls. His range of emotions remain untapped and inconsistent throughout. Debutante Amrya, as a demure damsel (while unabashedly declaring, '
' - Holy Mother!), lacks the charisma for her part and ends up looking like a pretty bahu from a tele soap opera.
lacks vibe, soul or depth needed for a classic love story. With incoherent narrative, unsketched characters, wispy (sometimes embarrassing) dialogues, one good melody in the whole ditty (
; pointless shooting (mostly in the dark), gold-plated
and bombs galore - Tiwary misses every target. There are movies beautifully adapted from Shakespeare's works in the past, but none that tragically assault your creative, poetic or cinematic senses.
"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs ..." - Shakespeare. This love saga leaves us sighing ...