Director: Anant Narayan Mahadevan
Starring: Zareen Khan, Abhinav Shukla, Gautam Rode, Lillete Dubey, Mohit Madaan
Screenplay: Sanjeev Puri
Music: Mithoon, Rohit Kulkarni
This films plot is straight out of a James Hadley Chase or a Raymond Chandler novel. When the governess of an ageing billionaire Mrs Khambatta (Lilette Dubey) dies under mysterious circumstances her financial manager Patrick Sharma (Gautam Rode) is called on to recruit a lady to fill the vacancy immediately. But Pat hadn’t expected the stunning Sheena Roy (Zarine Khan) to apply for the post. And despite Khambatta wanting an elderly lady, Pat manages to convince her to give Sheena a chance. Sheena isn’t aware that her appointment comes with a price tag. Smitten by Sheena, Pat now expects her to return the favor or lose the job. Sheena, of course cannot reveal her predicament to her boyfriend Ricky (Abhinav Shukla) who is into bad times and badly needs the money to survive. Sheena after much resistance is forced to submit to Pat’s amorous advances. But just as Pat thinks that his lady-killer image has scored another hit, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a scandal about to blow up on his life and career. The evening with Sheena was not without its riders. She lets him into a secret about Khambatta’s will that gives Pat’s sleepless nights. And even as he discovers the truth about Sheena’s revelation, a bigger shock awaits him. In reality Ricky is the immediate successor to Mrs. Khambatta, but family disputes make her drive him out of the will. There is also a lawyer (Sreesanth) lurking around. So is a family retainer Bachchan Singh (Mohit Madaan).So what happens to Mrs. Khambatta? And who gets her money and legacy? The film is a good thriller directed by Anant Mahadevan and he succeeds in getting a good performance by the lead cast especially Zarine and Gautam Rode. Mohit Madaan shows a lot of promise. Abhinav Shukla is good. Lilette Dubey is a veteran actress but she seems to be mis- cast and especially the horrible wig she wears is very ungainly for a veteran actress like her. Cricketer Sreesanth is on a new pitch and he is efficent. The music is good. Technically a very slickly shot film and the Mauritius locales have never looked better.
AT THE BOX-OFFICE
The film has opened to a lukewarm response but given its content matter and low cost, the film should recover its investment.