Madhoshi (2004)


Madhoshi (2004)
Cast: Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Priyanshu Chatterjee
Director: Tanveer Khan
Music Director: Roop Kumar Rathod
Nutshell: A deliriously absurd but fun roller coaster ride full of amazing plot twists


Madhoshi is an astonishing film but perhaps not in the sense that you would imagine. Astonishing that in this day and age, plots such as this could have been thought up, regardless of plausibility or otherwise. By the same token, it’s a tremendous rollercoaster ride, often littered with unintentional laughs but never predictable. Keeps you guessing right till the end…which film in recent times has had the ability to do that. The climax will leave you reeling with its utter preposterousness.

Anu (Bipasha) is having a good ol yak with her sister in the States when we see a computer generated plane heading for the window. Yes, its unfortunately, it’s the tragedy of 9/11 and Anu’s sister and brother in law perish in the attack. Two years later, Anu is at college, having a blast of a time when she is introduced to ad film maker Arpit, son of a close family friend. In between some dreadful dialogues and scenes, the two fall madly in love. But Anu has to go off to Panchgani for some college work when she comes across a man shooting at two goons or terrorists at the train station. In this fracas, the man stuffs his revolver in her arms and runs away.

Shaken by this incident, Anu returns home and appears to have started hallucinating. Arpit has to go aboard and one fine day, Anu is accosted again by the man at the train station who now wants his revolver back. She promises to return it to him the next day and goes to his flat and discovers that he is a vigilante anti-terrorist and is part of a group that wants to destroy any anti terror elements. His name is Aman (John Abraham). Within moments, Anu becomes obsessed with Aman. Arpit fades from memory and she begins to spend more and more time with Aman, buying him things for his flat and embarking on a passionate affair with a man who professes that he cannot make any commitments.

Arpit returns and when the question of marriage arises, Anu refuses to marry Arpit stating that she loves Aman. But who is Aman. She drags her mother to his flat, only to find it abandoned. Every indication seems to show that he has vanished. Gradually, people around her seem convinced that there is no Amar. But Anu is convinced. Could it be that Aman is just a figment of her imagination or does he exist in reality.

The film then carries on to surprise you with one twist to another until its resounding finale. Can’t give any more of the plot away, it simply has to be seen to be believed. Is Aman for real? Can it be a mask drama? Is there a conspiracy?

On paper, this could have been quite an interesting thought except that the scripting takes a beating and the film simply becomes utterly implausible as it progresses in the second half. Tanveer Khan also makes a horrid start to the film with some clichéd and dreadfully written scenes between Bipasha and Priyanshu. If there is any suspense in the film, its short lived and basically, one remains glued out of a sense of bewilderment and curiosity. The film has a slow start but John Abraham brings an urgency to the film which is sadly, shortlived.

It is a film which is centred around Bipasha Basu and she is reasonable in it. John Abraham is the force in the film and is developing a strong screen presence. His performance is also controlled and he does appear to be improving. Priyanshu has the role of the rather limp Arpit, so in love that he is willing to go to any length to help Anu and plays this adeptly. The music of the film deserves mention. This is a must for all those who want a great laugh. If you can get through the first 25 minutes, then you wont want a loo break after that. Utterly preposterous but deliciously so.