What may sound interesting on paper, may not necessarily look as appealing on celluloid. That's one of the vital reasons why REHGUZAR suffers. Here's another reason, but this has nothing to do with its content: It has been released with as good as zilch hype. Obviously, it stands no chance at the ticket window!
REHGUZAR depicts the life of laborers in the Middle East. The helpless labor class, which arrives from different countries to Gulf, dream of a rosy life there. But most of the expatriates have to work very hard to make their mark.
Engineer Rahul [Jimmy Shergill] comes to Dubai with dreams in his eyes. He falls in love with Neha [Saloni Aswani], the daughter of a rich Indian businessman [Rajiv Verma]. Rahul leaves his present job and tries his hand at various jobs. Finally, he gets a job in Rajiv Verma's firm, but he's unaware that he is Neha's father. How he wins, loses and eventually wins various battles of life, forms the crux of the story.
REHGUZAR could've mirrored the hardships of life in Gulf convincingly. But director Faruq Masudi's execution of the subject is sub-standard and therefore, the drama fails to strike a chord. The film does boast of a few interesting sequences, but they aren't enough, frankly! Besides, the film moves at a lazy pace, which leads to boredom.
Aadesh Shrivastava's music is another sore point. The songs just don't work. Cinematography could've been better. The locales of Dubai haven't been captured dexterously by the lensman.
Jimmy Shergill pitches in an earnest performance. But no actor can rise beyond a lackluster script. Saloni is strictly okay. Vrajesh Hirjee and Rakesh Bedi contribute to the humorous moments. Rajiv Verma is as usual.
On the whole, REHGUZAR is a poor show. At the box-office, will prove to be an also-ran!