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God help the Siskiyaan viewer

Vipin Vijayan | September 30, 2005 13:24 IST

The police dog squad should not miss Siskiyaan. And if possible, they could use the fundas shown in this outrageous Neha Dhupia starrer for riot investigations. For Ayesha Sheikh, her character in the film, could identify her rapist from the way he talks, smokes and above all, his body odour (yuck!).

Why are women raped? Why do rioters go scot-free? Why do enquiry commissions fail? Really loaded issues, indeed. But this Ashwini Chaudharymovie (he earlier directed the critically acclaimed film, Dhoop) fails to do justice to the sensitive issues it sought to address.

Ayesha is a riot victim, who was raped not by rioters but by a doctor in a relief camp. That too,for three days. Not to forget, 14 times! But she never actually saw her tormentor, as her eyes had been blindfolded.In her words, 'I was like a vegetable.' And she repeatsthis several times.

Neha Dhupia vs Sigourney Weaver

Moving on.Fate plays its role and DrVishwas (Sonu Sood) lands at Ayesha's place to drop off her husband Javed Sheikh (Sachin Bose Khedekar). And then, Sood's misery begins. Asdoes the viewers'!

Blanddialogues like 'Jo bhi hota hai, sab achche ke liye hota hai' (again oft repeated by Ms Ayesha) coupled with below average performances are some of the highlights of this movie. The songless film starts with a dull background score, and ends with it as well.

The opening shot of the movie may bring a smileon the lips of theRamsay brothers. Visualise this:A summer cottage in the middle of the jungle, the nearest village is a distance away and the network doesn't go where your mobile phonedoes.

Trademark Bollywood ishtyle suspense, which fizzles out when one sees Dhupia (with layers of make-up) trying to smoke a Marlboro. No wonder the health minister was so concerned about on-screen smoking.

The landline, which had been out of order, starts working past midnight (did not knowlines were repaired at midnight as well!).

The real star of the movie is the pet dog of the Sheikhs. The dog vanishes in some shots, is back for a while and then disappears again.But the poor creature had a poor field day, as it could not smell out the rapist whileAyesha could.

With a slew of flops under her belt, if Dhupia was hoping for luck reversal, she'sbeen daydreaming. Sonu Sood tries hard to prove a point but does not impress.He may not have recovered yet from the shocking Aashiq Banaya Aapne.

Khedekar, who plays a magazine editor, appointed as the chairman of the commission enquiring into the riots, may just be able to drag this lacklustre movie till next weekend.

Those of you who want to ruin their weekendmay go ahead and watch thisGuddu Dhanoa production.

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Sub: Nice movie

I liked this movie and the way this story has been narrated is very nice,It is one night story and u will come to see ...

Posted by Sunil

Sub: Movie Reviews

Dear Sir, Why you have not added any good still photos of the movies

Posted by nedun

Sub: Siskiyaan could have been cult.

Well well well-why is it becoming our habit to criticize something that comes NOt from chopra-johar or verma stable. Do tell u the truth- I ...

Posted by Sudhanshu Yadav

Sub: Hey, this film is an exact copy of Dansh!!

I just saw Dansh over the weekend. Its about the trouble in MIzoram a couple of decades ago when the bamboo crop was ravaged by ...

Posted by SK

Sub: Siskiyaan is just yuck

Reading the review it is apparent that this film also bears the same story line as that of ''Dhansh''. I also recall a recent interview ...

Posted by Satyajith Warrier



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