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
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.