The expectations are high! After all, the
winning combination of RAAZ producer Mukesh
Bhatt, Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea and Ashutosh
Rana have teamed up yet again for GUNAAH,
directed by Amol Shetge.
Does GUNAAH meet the expectations? Does it
measure up to RAAZ in terms of content (script),
music, technique and performances?
GUNAAH revolves around an honest lady police
officer, Prabha (Bipasha Basu). A lonely woman,
she takes upon herself of cleansing the corrupt
system by being a part of it. Her life takes a
dramatic turn when she meets Aditya (Dino Morea).
Prabha falls in love with Aditya when, while
chasing him, she is about to fall off a rooftop.
Without a thought, Aditya saves her life even
though he knows that he would be arrested in the
process. This incident leaves a lasting impact
on her mind and more so when Aditya refuses to
explain his actions in the lock-up as well as in
When Prabha takes Aditya down memory lane, she
discovers that he is a nice person, who was
forced to take the path of crime by a wrongdoing
of the system. The two feel drawn to each other
and fall in love.
Prabha starts making efforts to know the reasons
that made Aditya choose the path of crime and
reform him in the process.
To be honest, the story has precious little to
offer in terms of novelty the protagonist's
quest to cleanse the corrupt system has been
witnessed umpteen times since time immemorial.
But what sets GUNAAH apart is the love story
that's woven in the plot. The cop and culprit
love story has rarely been witnessed on the
GUNAAH revolves around three principal
characters Bipasha, Dino and Irfan. Writer
Mahesh Bhatt and director Amol Shetge have
focussed the film on a singular track, without
deviating into sub-plots, which is its strong
point as well as a weak point.
Strong because the viewer's interest remains
focussed. And weak because there's little scope
for relief in terms of romance/light sequences.
There's a continuous undercurrent of turbulence
Unfortunately, the romantic track which is
supposed to be the lifeline of the film seems
half-baked and sends confusing signals. A
pertinent question that flashes in your mind as
the story unfolds is, why doesn't Bipasha admit
her love for Dino right till the end? This is
all the more puzzling since Bipasha keeps
fantasising about him throughout the first half
and there are songs (dream songs, to be
precise!) to support this theory.
The 'krantikaari' track is also not clear. When
does Dino join the revolutionary group, has not
been explained at all. The aim/objectives of
this outfit/organisation should've been spelt
out in a sentence or two at least.
Another drawback is the lethargic pace at which
the story unfolds, which, at times, tests the
patience of the viewer. Besides, the film tends
to get a bit lengthy towards the second half and
needs to be trimmed for a better impact.
Director Amol Shetge has handled a couple of
dramatic sequences with aplomb. The climax, for
instance, is excellent, but unconventional and
may meet with mixed reactions, especially by
those who desire happy endings. Technically
speaking, his shot execution is simple, which
gels well with a theme of this genre.
If Mahesh Bhatt's script has its share of
loopholes, the dialogues (also penned by Bhatt)
are remarkable and in fact, the mainstay of the
enterprise. The lines alternate from
philosophical to acidic to mushy with amazing
Anand Raaj Anand's music is melodious, but you
don't carry a single song with you when the show
ends. The background score is alright.
Cinematography is quite nice.
Bipasha Basu comes up with a credible
performance. But how one wishes she would've
worn clothes, instead of shedding them. She
ought to be with the character (she plays a
cop!), but she's seen sporting designer attire
half the time and on several occasions, skimpy
Dino Morea has no dialogue to deliver till say
60% of the film is over. He has to communicate
through expressions and gestures and he does it
quite well. Irfan, in a negative role, is
excellent. The dialogues he delivers will catch
a lot many people unaware. Ashutosh Rana is
On the whole, GUNAAH has its share of fine
points, but there are several factors that weigh
it down. The most vital being, the comparisons
with RAAZ. Also, with another biggie opening
alongside, the business of GUNAAH will be
affected in the process. The silver lining, of
course, is its reasonable price, which should
make its investors reach the safety mark.