WAJAH TUM HO (A)
Director: Vishal Pandya
Cast: Sharman Joshi, Sana Khan, Gurmeet Choudhary, Rajniesh Duggall
Running time: 137 minutes
Somewhere in the middle of Wajah Tum Ho, Sharman Joshi, playing an inspector with the Mumbai Police, paces up and down the room and concludes: “Yeh case nahin hai, pyaaz hai pyaaz; ek parat hatao, doosra aa jaata hai.” He is right. And as more and more layers of this onion of a movie peel off, it stinks more and more and the tears flowing from the eyes of the audience are not of joy.
The wajah to make Wajah Tum Ho is clearly to extend the Hate Story franchise, produced by the same label (T-Series) and directed by the same guy (Vishal Pandya). A franchise whose checklist includes buxom heroines, ab-crunching heroes, remakes of old songs and a thriller treatment where every scene upturns the scene that just played out.
Setting up the booby trap for this one is Sana Khan, still best known for stretching undies on national TV. “Yeh toh bada toing hai”, remember? She plays a lawyer in love with another lawyer (Gurmeet Choudhary) and the two are fighting in court over a case where people are getting killed live on a news channel. Sharman is the cop investigating the case and Rajniesh Duggall is the news channel tycoon whom Sana is defending.
With so much law and order, it’s an extremely tough scenario to host the kind of cleavage carnivals Hate Story films thrive on. So, when Sana is struggling to go Toing Toing in the lawyer’s robe, Zarine Khan, who led from the ‘front’ in Hate Story 3, gets jiggy in the first half. And in the second hour, stepping out of the Playboy mansion, Sherlyn Chopra throws the unplayable curveball. Both dutifully murder a couple of much-loved songs — Mahi ve (Kaante) and Aise na mujhe tum dekho (Darling Darling).
Sana, Rajniesh, Gurmeet... there are truckloads of wood being carved and chipped around poor Sharman Joshi, who is the only one trying to make sense out of the situation. And that unfortunately can’t be wajah enough to catch this movie. Unless, of course, you want to go Toing Toing. But if the uncensored versions of the songs are only on YouTube, why should you bother to spend your money on a theatre visit to watch the CBFC cut?
Pratim D. Gupta