Arshad Warsi (Armaan) is a high flying photographer whosepersonal lifeis in the doldrums. Due to his penchant for the bottle he’s about to mess up both his personal andprofessional life. His girlfriend Gehna (Dia Mirza) vacillates between loving him intensely or wanting to dump him and move on in life. Because his alcoholism isn’t the real problem! Arshad is seeing a psychiatrist as he hears voices all the time especially at home when he’s alone. So he drinks himself silly, sleeps atrailway stationsonly to run away from the sound of these voices.But nothing seems to work. Till one day Arshad is convinced that he can actually communicate with souls who haven’t become angels. Souls who are spiralling the earth because they have some unfinished business to be taken care of! His doctor is convinced it’s schizophrenia. Dia is torn between wanting to believe the doctor or trusting her instincts .
The first half ofthe filmretains a light peppy mood despite the seriousness of the situation. Most of the outdoors have been shot in London andthe filmhas an interesting look and feel to it. Zippy cars, great cafes, a fantastic duplex apartment all succeed in impartingthe filmwith a happy look.
Arshad has his capable assistant Sandhya Mridul (Mini) to take care of him while he is at work. Sandhya Mridul may not have much work but she does take good care of her body. She brings the same energy onto the screen that she has in her earlier filmsPage 3andHoneymoon Travels Private Limited.
Dia is the surprise package ofthe film. She has shed oodles of weight and might just be successful in making a transition from being a supporting actress to becoming a leading lady. Arshad thankfully has distanced himself from his ‘circuit’ personality. His performance especially in the first half is restrained rather than overplayed.
Boman Irani tries very hard, but his character doesn’t have any dialogues or scenes which make an impact. Such a pity because in the right role this versatile actor has the audience eating out of his hand!
Ashwin Mushran the ruthless son fromLage Raho Munnabhai(who dumps his father into an old age home) is back and he plays a similar character all over gain.
The plot contradicts itself. On one hand ghosts are people who know instinctively what is happening on earth, andon the other handArshad is asked to locate people who disappeared 30 years ago.
It’s in the second half that the director gets the genre totally confused.The filmsuddenly turns into a tearjerker. Agreed Arshad only wishes to help people who are in a genuine crisis. But did it have to be so melodramatic?
The filmis short but the climax could have been far shorter. It seems stretched and contrived and Arshad hams it up especially towards the end.
Apart from being the producer, Arshad is also one of the co-writers ofthe film. The premise ofthe filmhas its heart in the right place. But the script doesn’t evolve from one scene to the other. It resembles a car that lurches forward again and again moving a few feet ahead before it comes to a slow and agonizing halt.
The music is by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Yet not a single line remains with you as you leave the auditorium.