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Phhir: Film Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on August 12, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Surendra Sharma, Amita Bishnoi, Bhagwanti Gabrani
DIRECTOR – Girish Dhamija
WRITER – Vikram Bhatt
CAST – Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, Roshni Chopra
MUSIC – Toshi Sabri, Sharib Sabri, Raghav Sachar

Karma, rebirth and redemption find a new packaging in Girish Dhamija’s ‘Phhir’, a tale of two lifetimes unfolding within the span of seven days in the lives of Kabir (Rajneesh Duggal) and Disha (Adah Sharma). Kabir is a doctor, much in love with his profession and wife Sia (Roshni Chopra). Honest, loyal and sincere the only bad habit he seems to have is tardiness. A few hours late for a dinner with his wife and it kick-starts a series of events that, as we are told, only Karma could have foreseen. His wife goes missing and in the race to find her Kabir finds the truth of his existence. ‘How?’ is a much less interesting question when compared to – ‘Does this make for riveting drama?’

Maybe not riveting, but engaging yes. The film moves steadily towards its unravelling and passes its test of keeping the interest without face-palm moments. It is a simple story really, and despite the inclusion of a clairvoyant medium (Adah Sharma) and an attempt at edgy edits, remains simple in its narrative. This probably was not the intention of the film but serves it well nevertheless.

It begins with a previous life of Kabir. Dejected and repentant at having committed a crime beyond redemption he is told by his guru that he will need to be re-born to fully free himself of his bad karma. He duly obeys and we are brought into the present. Soon, we are then introduced to Disha, who has the gift of clairvoyance and tends to help the police with cases now and then. She feels compelled to help Kabir but it is only mid-way that she realises her fate is entwined with his. But by then it is a bit late to withdraw.

Despite some jarring cinematography, the film comes across as a clean and well-meaning drama with its central protagonists filling their roles well. Except for Sia, whose performance becomes synonymous with her make-up many a times, overdone and tacky. .

For an unambitious and low-key film that aims to supply a two-hour long engaging experience this one does the job well. Of course, only if you are a believer, else everything might simply seem laughable. But then what’s a film that doesn’t make you want to drop disbelief. This one does, if you are not looking for more.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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