Bollywood audiences have recently been exposed to mix of short stories with Darna Mana Hai, Darna Zaroori hai, Salam-E-Ishq, etc. In comparison, 10 stories here don?t have a common thread. Well, I don?t say that a good storyteller doesn?t need two hours and five songs to make his point, but this movie should have delivered better.
But sadly, barring three to four stories, others were a mere waste of time or waste of talent. Adding to the plight was the predictability in most stories. One actually ends up counting x down and 10-x to go. The filmmakers though deserve credit for coming up with the concept of 10 short stories with a twist in the end, a new in Hindi Cinema.
In brief on the tolerable of the lot:
(1) Matrimony: Mandira Bedi, a bored wife of an MNC Banker Arbaaz Khan has found a way to spend her Thursdays but meets her match in the end. Maybe I appreciated it because it was the first of the ten stories and it doesn?t have any gyan or tears.
(2) Zahir: A budding writer Manoj Bajpai gets interested in her neighbor Dia Mirza, reacts about something and ends up in a path of no return. Nothing great, but decent!
(3) Pooranmashi: A story of Amrita Singh who following her heart just for once and messes everything for her daughter Minissha Lamba. Comparatively OK!
(4) Lovedale: Aftab finds his love Neha Uberoi through destiny?s twist. The end was absolutely predictable but I at least liked since it was the only happy ending of the ten.
The ones which were really intolerable:
(5) High on the Highway: Jimmy Shergill and Masumeh are seen high on drugs throughout their entire screen time, both very jarring. The portrayal was sick.
(6) Rise and Fall: Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty are stereotype dons who meet a predictable end. They mostly played their roles with tons of boredom thrown in.
(7) Sex on the Beach: Dino Morea finds a mysterious woman on a beach and invites him home for you know what. The end is a typical thriller with lots of skin show.
(8) Strangers in the Night: Neha Dhupia and Mahesh Manjrekar are a couple who narrate deep secrets every anniversary. The dialogues & the twist were too cheap.
(9) Rice Plate: Shabana Azmi and Naseruddin Shah in a confusion over a rice plate set against their divergent religious backgrounds. Remember the story on biscuits?
(10) Gubbare: Nana Patekar who goes on an on about how he bought his wife balloons to end quarrels. I guess Nana Patekar too has become boringly predictable off late.
Rating: 3/10 ? New Concept but most stories are predictable or boring