Thriller sans scares
MONOTONE NARRATIVE: NAZAR
The cast: Ashmit Patel, Meera,
Koel Puri, Ali Khan
The director: Soni Razdan
The storyline: Divya begins to get premonitions of murders to be committed by a serial killer and decides to help the police, only to find herself in trouble.
The bottomline: Meera makes it bearable.
The tagline for the movie is nothing short of a prophecy.
"What you see... can kill you"!
For "Nazar" is just the movie for activists who wake up every morning and wonder: "What film should we ban next?"
The revelation of the serial killer's motive in the end is ban-worthy.
Divya (Meera) has visions throughout the film and just wants to eliminate the "bar girls who spread AIDS."
The pace of the film redeems a monotone narrative punctuated by killings and interspersed by Divya's visions of these murders before they take place.
Divya decides to use her gift to help the investigating officer Rohan, but finds herself falling in love with him.
Pakistani actress Meera's screen presence makes up for Ashmit's lack of it. The lady is charming, acts pretty well and does her bit of cavorting, under the waterfall, adequately. Don't expect a "Jism" though.
Sujatha (Koel Puri ), Ashmit's cynical partner who disapproves of his faith in extra-sensory perceptions especially when he uses it to solve crimes, forms the other end of the love triangle.
The credit goes to director Soni Razdan for sustaining the suspense till the end.
Otherwise, the movie has little or no scares, except for the ones created by the jumps in the soundtrack.
The scariest bit is that the likes of Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan ("Kaal") and Mahesh Bhatt ("Nazar") are producing such films!
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