5 Excellent




Film: ‘Nishabd’
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jiah Khan, Aftab Shidasani, Shraddha Arya, Revathy & Nasser
Director: Ram Gopal Verma

Hats off to debutante actress Jiah Khan for matching her histrionics’ step in tandem with Big B’s powerhouse performance. Of course Ram Gopal Verma too deserves a pat on his back for making such a bold & beautiful movie. So is it ‘Lamhe’ or is it ‘Lolita’? The debate is uncalled for & unwarranted. Just sit back in the darkened aisles of the auditorium & enjoy it as the silent love story of a young girl & old man unfolds on the celluloid silver screen. And I fully agree with Ramuji’s claim that some stories have no medium of expression. They are better left ‘Nishabd’ wordless.

The premise of the plot is simple. Lollipop sucking Lolita oops Jia (Jiah Khan) comes with her friend Ritu (Shraddha Arya) to spend her holidays all the way from Australia to the visually captivating beautiful locations of Munnar in Kerala. She is bold, she is boisterous, and she is bindaas. An unclad fetching beauty in halters & mini skirts who has a disturbed past (parental) of her own. She falls head over hills in love with her best friend Ritu’s Dad Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) who reciprocates her feelings of love or was it lust? Go figure it out for yourself. I recommend that if you are a serious lover of good cinema don’t give ‘Nishabd’ a miss.

What happens then? The daughter Ritu catches them red handed. She is shattered. The uncle Jagdish (Nasser) is confused. The wife Amrita (Revathy) cold shoulders him. While the husband Vijay is on the brink of committing a nostalgic suicide. Of course every thing is sorted out when in walks Rishi (Aftab Shivdasani) Jia’s lover.

After making all kinds of likeable & dislikable movies Ramuji has finally made a masterpiece with technical finesse & brilliance in lieu with his entire team.

Amitabh Bachchan is superb is all I can say. He is doing roles now which are worthy of his talent age factor not withstanding. Mark my words Jiah Khan will sweep all the debutante awards for 2007 in spite an apt display of her leg show. Aftab Shivdasani is just great in his cameo.