Starring John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Dr Mohan Agashe, Denzel Smith, Sandeep Mehta and Master Madan Bhikhu
Direction : Pooja Bhatt
Music : Anu Malik, Shahi and Ali Azmat
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Pooja Bhatt-the prolific producer of meaningful films such as TAMANNA, ZAKHM, DUSHMAN and JISM now takes her bow as a director with PAAP! While the film had all the makings of a brilliant movie PAAP somewhere falls short somewhere along the line!
film revolves around Rimpoche (Denzel
religious head of a quiet monastery in Spiti, Himanchal Pradesh gets a
vision about his masters reincarnation in Delhi as a 6 yearold boy, he
sends a girl from the town-Kaaya(Udita
Goswami) to travel
to Delhi and bring the 6 year old Llahmo (Madan
Bhikhu) back to the
has been bought up in a strict and disciplined manner by her father(Dr
Mohan Aghashe) who has kept her away from all contact from the outside
world, but Kaayas heart wanders into territories that is common for a
girl her age.
Delhi Llahmo witnesses the murder of a police officer and becomes a
key witness. Investigating the case is a honest police officer Shiven
Althought Kaaya and Shiven share completely different views on life
and philosphy Kaaya finds herself slowly and strangely drawn to him...
murder case deepens and there is no way out for Shiven except
for him to take Kaaya and Llahmo to their own safe
surroundings. He gets shot in the process but still manages to get
them safely to Spiti. Due to the seriousness of his injury he ends up
staying in Spiti until he is fully recovered.
his stay he evokes many many supressed feelings and emotions in Kaaya
and also evokes a strong conflict with her father who has already
chosen a set path for her away from the outside world.
danger from the city eventually reaches the quiet terrains of Spiti
and what ensues is a battle of wits between Shiven and the corrupt
officers. Now Kaaya has to make up her mind whether she will follow
her heart and lead a life of happiness or sacrifice her love for and
follow a path of sacrifice and discipline....Kaayas decision forms the
crux of the climax!
Mahesh Bhatt has once again adatped a Hollywood flick and turned it
into a desi product. This time round its Peter Weirs classic WITNESS!
Bhatt has written two separate stories which merge into one....on one
hand is Kaayas struggle within herself and her father to what path she
must choose and on the other hand is the story of Shiven and the
corrupt police officers. The story is well written although it is
cliched at times.
screenplay by Bhatt flows smoothly for the most although one feels
that Bhatt felt confused at times whether he should concentrate on the
love story or the action story and fails to give equal care to both.
a director I found Pooja Bhatt to be a disappointment. I found
all of her production ventures earlier to be of a higher calibre than
PAAP. Although she has taken a story and theme which is devoid of any
gimmicks and focusses only on the story....one wishes she had taken a
less cliched story. The whole backdrop of the monastery seems like a
filler at times as enough focus isnt given to it and the love story
has its moments but isn't much different from the usual Bhatt love
stories. The action packed parts of the film are well canned and keep
the viewer at the egde of their seat but the climmax is a big letdown.
Be it the senior officer breaking down or Kaaya running after Shiven
as he drives off....CLICHED and totally predictable stuff here!
Poojas credit she has managed to direct a handful of scenes with
excellence and shows the mark of a great director in the making with
the right script. These include the initial murder sequence and the
showdown between John Abraham and Mohan Aghashe
elevates the movie to a huge extent are the dialogue by Niranjan
Iyengar which add life to the movie and are moving, touching and get
the viewer thinking. The dialogues are soaked in emotions and are ones
that really grab the viewers attention.
terms of performances the film is a mixed bag
Abraham once again comes up with a brilliant account of himelf and
proves that he can fit into any roles with effortless ease....be it a
drunkard lawyer whose hopelessley in love(JISM), a doctor mourning the
death of his wife(SAAYA), a psychotic and obsessive boyfriend(AETBAAR)
and now a honest upright police officer in PAAP!. He is a natural
actor and definetly one whose here to STAY for the longrun.
Goswami on the other hand makes a poor debut. Her looks didn't
appeal to me at all although she has got a extremely hot body. She
needs to improve her emotional and crying scenes as heavy breathing
doesn't make up for good acting. Her unconventional oriental looks
also didn't appeal to me at all and i doubt she will be here for the
longrun unless she polishes up her act...
the supporting cast Dr Mohan Aghashe does his part well
although he needs to quieten down his voice at times since he shouts
too much. Denzel
Smith is a natural in his part. Master Madan Bhikhu is
brilliant for a child performer and gives a compelling performance and
leaves his mark as a natural actor. Sandeep
Mehta makes a excellent villan and this man is definetly very
talented. Gulshan Grover
repeats his bad man act again...nothing new from him.
the film is a gem.
by Anshuman Mahaley is simply STUNNING! Words cannot describe how
Mahaley captures the beautiful scenic locales of Himanchal Pradesh on
camera and they are seen to be believed! Editing
by Ali Akiv is tight for the most.
terms of music the film is also ace and gels well with the films
nature. INTEZAAR by Anu Malik is stirring and is well placed as the
introductory number but the best of the lot of LAGAN LAGI by Shahi!
Rahet Fateh Ali Khans singing is mesmerising and i hope we get to hear
more of him!!! Rest of the tunes are apt.
All up PAAP comes as a huge disapointment since i was expecting a lot more from a outspoken actress like Pooja Bhatt but sadly she comes up with a run-and-mill affair only to be salvgaed by some individual scenes. Nevertheless Pooja Bhatt shows that with the right subject she will come up...and PAAP is worth a dekkho for yet another great performance by John Abraham......the mindboggling locales of Spiti & the LAGAN LAGI number!
7.2 outta 10
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