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Aksar 2 movie review: The ‘thriller’ with less thrill and more facepalm

Directed By: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Produced By: Chirag Bajaj, Narendra Bajaj, Varun Bajaj
Cast: Zareen Khan, Gautam Rode, Abhinav Shukla, Mohit Madaan
Duration: 2 hour 20 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1/5

In a foreign land, stays Ms Dolly Khambatta, with an Indian caretaker, Indian lawyer, Indian  security guards in her building, an Indian banker, an Indian Governess (who is paid in Indian currency) and is later joined by an Indian criminal too.  Jai Bharat.

Patrick Sharma (Gautam Rode), a killingly goodlooking banker who looks after Madame Khambatta’s (Lillete Dubey) financial affairs, appoints Sheena Roy (Zareen Khan) as the old lady’s Governess. Fair enough. He is unapologetically a womaniser and an adventurous one too; because he locks the lift at 16th floor and tells Zareen he wants some action with her soon. Please don’t get ideas.

Sheena, who is in a stable relationship with boyfriend Ricky (Abhinav Shukla), has lied to both Khambatta and Patrick about her relationship status because she was in desperate need of the job. As a result, the next weekend, she lands up inside a resort with Patrick instead of being inside her house with her husband. Ahem.

We soon learn that Patrick HATES Ms Khambatta, although he ain’t left with any other option but to keep pleasing her because she’s stinking rich. We don’t know whom to feel bad for, but at this point, we definitely feel sorry for Zareen because she 1)  Is stuck between two men 2) Is signed to play this character.

But that’s only till we learn, this is all a PLAN. Sheena’s employment at Ms Khambatta’s house wasn’t a coincidence at all because Sheena’s boyfriend is the former’s nephew. What?

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Now, this was supposed to be a big twist. But it happens as smoothly as eating a black forest pastry. We are not surprised that we are not even surprised by the fact that we are not surprised. Soon, Sheena, Ricky, Patrick and Ms Khambatta’s caretaker Bachchan Singh (yes, that’s his name) are chalking how to wean her property and maybe quicken her death too! Either the plan was too complicated for us to figure out, or our hunger took over our understanding powers. Because it became more chaotic than our Friday morning.

In the meantime, we have also come across this year’s best cameo. SREESANTH! The former right-arm-fast-medium-pace-bowler is playing a shady lawyer! We are not sad about our lives anymore!

Also, we are also plain impressed with Zareen Khan’s talents. She can inject insulins, she understands music and she has a voice recorder pinned as a broach on her. There’s more, that we don’t want to tell you.

We also don’t want to tell you that the revenge Zareen avenges is rotten, and it was more on us. The only person who tries to act is Gautam Rode. Albeit barring Lillete Dubey, of course. In a very limited exposure, Dubey does as much as she can.

There’s this romantic track ‘Jaana Ve’ that pops up randomly when Zareen and Abhinav are on the verge of making out. There’s this track ‘Aaj Zid’ that pops up not-so-randomly when Zareen and Gautam are on the verge of making out. And then there’s track ‘Tanhaiyaan’… whatever.

Barring the fact that the film has been shot across good locations and that it’s technically decent, we take back a heartbreaking realisation that we sacrificed on two and a half hours of sleep.


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