Monday, September 27, 2004


Dobara is a brave first attempt, by Shashi Ranjan; for a change here’s a film about men and women, not boys and girls. It tackles adult relationship issues in a fairly mature manner.

However, the big drawback of the film is that it is unable to make the viewer care for the characters, and after a while, lets the grip of the narrative loosen so much that it never recovers.

Ranbir (Jackie Shroff) is a writer of TV soaps, married to a psychiatrist Anjali (Mahima Chaudhary). Suddenly, Ria (Raveena Tandon), resurfaces from his past. She escapes from the mental asylum, where she has been living for 13 years and wants her life back. She forces Ranbir to accompany her to Goa, where the son he didn’t know about is with his adoptive parents.

The road trip obviously has repercussions on his marriage, as a furious Anjali follows them to Goa. She even manages to pick up an admirer (Muamar Rana) on the way, to make her husband jealous. Revealing the confrontation and aftermath would be a spoiler, but it is overblown and boring.

The issue of Ria’s mental illness is treated in a slapdash manner. What is the matter with her? Why? How? And if could be “cured” in a jiffy, why was she in an asylum for 13 years. Why did Ranbir never bother to check on her? Raveena Tandon does what is within her capacity to portray a “mad” woman – mood swings, mutterings and all, but without a clear brief on the nature of her mental disorder, her performance remains vague.

Mahima Chaudhary and Jackie Shroff are competent too; the music is good. This one, despite the lack of current “hot” stars, is perhaps worth a look despite its many flaws.


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