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Movie Review : The Xpose

Comments  Comments [ 7 ]    By Anita Menon | 16 May 2014 | 1:43am

Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Sonali Raut, Zoya Afroz, Honey Singh, Anant Mahadevan, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain; Director: Anant Mahadevan; Rating: *

The era of the 60s had a very mystical feel to it. Bollywood always enjoyed recreating this beauty on the silver screen. Most of the time they have been successful but then there are other times when this effort stands out like a sore thumb. The makers of 'The Xpose' thought that by showing some vintage cars, telephones, funny hair styles and dance moves that seems like Parkinson's disease; they could recreate the gone era. But sadly that thought is a recipe to disaster.

The story partly follows two rival actresses, whose films have simultaneous releases - Reena Mera Naam starring Chandni (Zoya Afroz) and Ujjwal Nirmal Sheetal featuring Zara (Sonali Raut). The two actresses dislike each other, and as both of their films release on the same day, most people in the film industry want to know who will succeed. The narrative gathers pace when a cat-fight between the two takes place at an after-awards party, and a murder happens after the fight. Superstar Ravi Kumar (Himesh Reshammiya) takes the uphill task of solving the mystery by himself.

Oh My God! The performances! To start with Himesh Reshammiya who plays a cop-turned actor in the film. In the name of acting he has some over the top dialogues, and tons of attitude, which leave you falling of the seat in a burst of laughter, and not because it is funny. Both the debutant heroines, Zoya Afroz and Sonali Raut, don't have a much to do in the movie, so as to showcase their acting ability, minus shedding some of their clothes and wearing some of the darkest shades of lipstick. Honey Singh who has a grey character to play, does an average job, but should pretty much stick to this music rather than acting. Irrfan Khan, who has a guest appearance in the film, is impeccable and always a sheer delight to watch.

Technically speaking the cinematography revolves mostly around Himesh in most of the scenes, and eventually one starts to feeling he is watching a prolonged photo shoot of Himesh Reshammiya. Majorly because of the zillion costume changes and him posing alongside most of the monuments of France. Music of the film is not Himesh's best of course, but again the only tolerable part of the movie. Icecream Khaungi, is a number that is foot tapping irrespective of the lyrics, but that can be pardoned, since it's not the 1st time we are coming across such weird ones. Dard Dilo Ke, is slow melody and a good hear too. Written by Himesh Reshammiya, The Xpose, which had a brilliant plot of a murder mystery, wasn't executed well. The suspence wasn't treated well enough, and thus fell flat on the ground. The climax too didn't have any impact and the entire effort seemed wasted. Direction wise Anant Mahadevan was unable to revive the the 60s era effectively, thus leaving it halfhearted.

Well the only good part of the film is Irrfan Khan and a few songs here and there, so it wouldn't be an intelligent decision to (E)Xpose your weekend to such an option. Or else you surely would need a tub of Ice-cream and trip to Kashmir to literally cool yourself. 

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