Monday, September 27, 2004


When Hollywood deals with mental illness, the film is a properly researched, fabulously performed A Beautiful Mind. When Bollywood tries to copy that Oscar-winner, they come up with half-baked glop like Madhoshi.

Words like “mental disorder”, “schizophrenia” are loosely bandied about by a doctor, and the treatment for delusions is electric shock! It’s totally irresponsible and sloppy filmmaking.

Anupama (Bipasha Basu) looks happy and well-adjusted, about to marry an ad filmmaker Arpit (Priyanshu), when she meets Aman (John Abraham), who works for an anti-terrorist organization and falls in love with him. But it’s Arpit who makes sacrifices for her when she needs help.

The latent trauma of losing her sister and brother-in-law in the 9/11 incident, starts showing up and Anupama is on the verge of insanity. Despite Bipasha Basu’s valiant attempt to portray the suffering of a mentally troubled woman, Tanveer Khan’s writing and direction go quite haywire, and the film keeps getting more absurd by the minute and collapses towards the end.

The director is his so wrapped up in his own cleverness over the character of Aman, that there is no attention to details, pacing, or credibility.

The whole film is loud – from the décor to the performances. And in case some viewers are expecting any ‘heat’ from the Bipasha-John pair, they are not going to get any.


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