Starring Urmila Matondkar, Shabana Azmi, Arjun Rampal, Diya Mirza, Rishi Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Namrata Shirodkar and Diana Hayden
Direction : Khalid Mohammed
Cinematography : Santosh Sivan Editing : A Sreekar Prasad
Music : A.R. Rahman
making his directional debut with the critically acclaimed FIZA and
claiming that he will never make a film again....Khalid Mohamed is
back with his second directional debut. Once the film boasts of a
talented multi-cast....a female oriented subject....outstanding
music......and a technical team which is a dream.....so does TEHZEEB
love upto expectations?? ALMOST! The film fails to meet the mark by
just a few inches due to some loopeholes in the screenplay.
In terms of a story the film revolves around Tehzeeb (Urmila Mantondkar) who has from a young age had a grudge against her mother Rukhsana Jamal (Shabana Azmi).
against her mothers wishes Tehzeeb marries a trashy romance novelist
Salim (Arjun Rampal)
and settles down in a hillstation far from the city. Tehzeebs mentally
challenged Nazneen also lives with them...
decides to visit her daughter and check out her son-in-law for a few
days . Initially everything goes fine... but slowly
tension starts resurfacing.....years of built up anger slowly
starts exploding inside Tehzeeb and spurs out as venom in her words as
argument after argument explodes...
really happened between Rukhsana and Anwar? Was Rukhsana to blame? And
will Tehzeebs wounds ever heal?? The answers to these questions forms
the crux of the story.
a writer Khalid Mohamed can never be faulted. Be it UMRAO JAAN,
ZUBEIDAA, FIZA and now TEHZEEB Mohamed has always known how to write a
excellent story which is worth telling. As always the main
protagonists in his story are female strong female characters and
TEHZEEB is no different. As a writer Mohamed may not be 100% orignal
as the premise of the movie is borrowed from Ingmar Bergmans 1978
Swedish film AUTUMN SONATA-but the transition he makes from the
Swedish film to the Indian is applaudhworthy.
As a director too Khalid Mohamed is fantastic! No doubt that Mohamed is a skilled director who has a sense of command over the medium. With a story like this its extremely important to 1) keep the story moving slowly yet managing to engage the viewer and 2) extracting superlative performances from the entire cast that the audience gets captivated.....and that is exactly what Mohamed does. The buildup in the movie is perfect and the manner in which the arguments slowly start occuring between Tehzeeb and Rukhsana are just flawless. From the small tidbits to the huge verbal spouts Mohamed knows exactly what he is doing.
where does he lose points?? The screenplay! A film of this nature
needs to move consistently at a certain pace without any interferences
and hindrances. And Mohamed screenplay abounds in inane subplots which
have no meaning at all. The entire Diana Hayden/Arjun Rampal track was
unecessary and plain boring. Ditto
for the Namrata Shriodkor/Satish Kaushik track. Urmila doing a song n
dance parody is also uneeded. He made the same mistake by
making Karishma do a absrud, out-of-sync dance number in FIZA
and it seems like Khalid hasn't learnt from his mistakes.
these flaws Khalid proves that he is a worthy director and i for one
will be looking forward to his next film.
In mainstay of the entire film are the performances by the entire crew and once again Khalid Mohamed must be given credit for this.
Mantondkar in the title role gives yet another award winning
performance. After her surreal performance in RGVs BHOOT and
heartwrenching turn in PINJAR, Urmila yet again gives us a performance
that makes us sit up and notice her. The character of TEHZEEB is
extremely complex and Urmila perfectly manages to convey the
expressions...emotions....and complexities of TEHZEEB. The biggest
thing for Urmila would be the fact that she is paired opposite Shabana
Azmi who is a institution herself....and the biggest compliment would
be that Urmila firmly manages to hold her own in most scenes. She is
there in almost every frame of the movie and certainly makes the most
of it......yet another award worthy performance for Urmila after BHOOT
Infact the dramatic showdowns between Urmila and Shabana are the best part of this enterprise. The saequences where the 2 confront each other time and time again keeps the viewer gripped to their seats....
Mirza gives a OK account of herself. One finds it a bit hard to
believe that she is mentally challenged and at times Mirza tries to
hard to act. Her delivery is perfect at time while at others its plain
annoying. One wishes that Mohamed had chosen someone else with more
talent to play this part. Also the disoesque(!!??) number she breaks
into is completely out of sync with her character.
Kapoor leaves a mark with a small cameo. Rest of the cast do their
parts as expected...although they have no need to be in the movie at
all. Namrata Shriodkor and Satish Kaushik are OK. Diana Hayden makes a
poor debut and is irritating. Her accent is just plain annoying and
she her looks aren't too great either.
Technically Khalid Mohamed manages to get together a dream team and comes out with flying colours.
by Sharmistha Roy is smashing as always and the sets used on the songs
are just amazing.
the film is a slight letdown. Not upto mark with A.R Rehmans usual
albums the films tunes seem rehahsed at times and have a "heard
it all before" feeling to it. The only song thats worth a mention
is MEHERBAAN but even thats letdown by some silly imagery in its
the much hyped KHOYI KHOYI AANKHEN fails to leave a impact as it
appears at the wrong time.
by Jaaved Sidiqui are just MINDBLOWING to say the least! If it wasn't
for the dialogues the interactions between Shabana and Urmila wouldn't
be worth watching. The dialogues are the mainstay of the enterprise.
To sum it up TEHZEEB is a film that is definetly worth a watch.....Simply for the A Grade performance by Shabana Azmi, Urmila and Arjun Rampal which blow the viewer away. But sadly the film is NOT the classic that it could've been. Yet again Khalid Mohamed is let down by a flawed screenplay which has too many pointless subplots and unwanted scenes.....
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