Film Review: I See U

Film: I See U

Producer: Chasing Ganesha and K Sera Sera

Director: Vivek Agrawal

Cast: Arjun Rampal, Vipasha Agarwal, Chunkey Pandey, Kirron Kher, Boman Irani, Sophie Choudhry. 

Rating: 2/5

Raj Jaiswal (Arjun Rampal) is an anchor on a TV show in London. One evening as he is ready to go for a date with his co-anchor  Delnaz (Sophie Choudhry) , he finds that an unexpected visitor- Shivani (Vipasha Agarwal) has entered his house.

Even as Shivani explains to Raj that she is the spirit of her body which is in a coma, Raj thinks his friends and colleagues are out to fool him. But eventually, he begins to believe in Shivani and they fall in love with each other. Yes, he falls in love with a ghost!

Shivani plays a doctor in the film, and her spirit explains to Raj how her fellow doctor is out to kill her because she caught him dealing in organ trafficking. The fellow doctor even tries to mislead Shivani’s mother into believing that there is no hope for her daughter’s life.

But since the ghost too has been a doctor herself, she understands the doctor’s plan and plans to save her comatose self. What follows is Raj, Akshay( Chunkey Pandey) and Shivani’s efforts to battle against the fraud in order to give Shivani a new life.        

The movie is good in parts and frequently gives momentary pleasure. But the 120 minutes, on the whole, fail  to please. The story is different and refreshing, but the screenplay is faulty in places. Even as Raj is shown as a casanova when the film starts off, later one realises that he is a guy who hasn’t even lost his virginity, making one cringe at the naivete of the director.

Even the execution of some important scenes, especially the climax, is not convincing.  For,  the doctor and nurse enter Shivani’s room to kill her and even as she dies and her ghost disappears, she is miraculously saved and comes back to life. How the doctor gets caught by the police in the end is also not explained.    

The movie solely belongs to Arjun Rampal, who not only looks absolutely dashing but also acts very well. Vipasha Agarwal’s debut performance hardly leaves a mark, and in fact, leaves a lot to be desired. Chunkey Pandey emerges very well as Raj’s friend and colleague and contributes well to the humorous scenes.

Sophie Choudhry too is good in her glamorous and humorous role. Kirron Kher as Shivani’s mother acts well and emotes effectively in the emotional scenes and lends able support. Boman Irani hardly gets any space to excel in the two short scenes where he is present. Sonali Kulkarni as Chunkey Pandey’s nagging wife too doesn’t impress.    

Shot in London and other parts of the UK, cinematographer Ashok Mehta’s camera work in capturing the scenic beauty is very pleasing to the eye. Aditya Kanwar’s art direction too is worthy.

Vishal Shekhar’s music is lively, especially Subah Subah and Main Sach Hui songs are very appealing. The other number, Hola Hola isn’t too exceptional and in spite of being a racy track, its bad placement in the film further reduces the pace of the slow film.  

The dull marketing of the film and its incorrect release period during the Christmas week party season may result in dull box office collections. Moreover, in an age where filmmakers offer multi star cast films to attract audience attention, I See U  has only  Arjun Rampal to offer. I See U may very well end up not seeing any audiences in theatres.

Rohini Bhandari

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