‘Mere Khwabon Mein…’ falls flat despite Randeep’s 18 roles (IANS Film Review; Rating: *1/2)

February 7th, 2009 - 3:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Film: “Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye”; Director: Madhureeta Anand; Cast: Randeep Hooda, Raima Sen, Arbaaz Khan; Rating: * 1/2Half a star for this unintended comedy goes only for Randeep Hooda’s effort, ranging from the brave to the ludicrous, in playing different avatars of a bored housewife’s secret fantasies.

Debutante director Madhureeta Anand whips up what could have been a mildly diverting film about a dissatisfied wife who chooses a rather cute way out of boredom in marriage.

Unlike Satyajit Ray’s “Charulata” and Mallika Sherawat’s role in “Murder”, the wife in “Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye” invents a phantom-lover, a somewhat cool, urbane, cynical and shamelessly multi-personality disordered Randeep Hooda, who exists only in Maya’s (Raima Sen) imagination.

Adultery in this way goes straight into the head.

We’ve had actors doing a number of roles. Sanjeev Kumar played nine characters in “Naya Din Nayi Raat” and Kamal Haasan played 10 in “Dasavatharam”.

Randeep Hooda ups the ante. He slips into 18 roles with not quite the smooth suave transitions that one would expect to emerge from a multi-role bravura performance. Nonethless some of his avatars reveal a delicious sense of irony.

The film unfortunately reveals nothing but an acute scarcity of direction.
In the ebullient “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd”, Raima played a bored wife who one fine day, hitches her sari and goes hang gliding.

This one fails to take off. And for no fault of Raima.

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