Movie Review: Aksar 2

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Banner: Siddhi Vinayak Creation

Producer: Bhaumik Gondaliya

Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

Cast: Zareen Khan, Gautam Rode, Abhinav Shukla, Mohit Madaan

Writer: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

Music: Mithoon

After the governess of an aging billionaire Mrs Khambatta (Lillete Dubey) dies, she asks her financial manager, also an investment banker, Patrick Sharma/Pat (Gautam Rode), to recruit another elderly lady. However, Pat convinces Mrs Khambatta to hire a young Sheena Roy (Zareen Khan) as her governess, who soon becomes his obsession. Pat then forces Sheena to return the favor and makes libidinous advances towards her. Having no choice, Sheena submits to Pat but does not disclose this to her boyfriend Ricky (Abhinav Shukla). However, after Pat spends the evening with Sheena, he finds out a secret about Mrs Khambatta’s will and soon finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could destroy his life.

The film opens to a scene where a madly-in-love couple, Sheena and Ricky, is seen romancing like nobody’s business. Amid this fiery passion, reality rings a bell for Ricky, who finds it hard to let his girlfriend go and serve as a governess. He feels the pangs of a certain kind of guilt, a sense of failure and disquiet. Sheena, being her sensible self, cajoled Ricky to understand the importance of the job. As Sheena makes her way to Mrs Khambatta’s house, she falls prey to the malicious tricks of Pat, and finally Pat manages to get Sheena to a resort one evening.

The fact that Sheena has a boyfriend is kept under wraps from her boss, because the prime qualification to work as a governess was to be single! To an extent, the lewd Pat tries to exploit Sheena to his advantage. Khambatta’s most loyal servant, Bachchan Singh (Mohit Madaan) sends out creepy signals to Sheena, warning her about the consequences of having a boyfriend.  S Sreesanth starts his new innings by portraying the character of Khambatta’s suspicious lawyer. As the story proceeds, every character unveils innumerable mysteries about them and their true colors. This supposed crime thriller resorts to too many steamy scenes between Sheena and her boyfriend Ricky, as well as Sheena reciprocating to Pat’s carnal desires, but can’t save the first half of the film, which is feeble.

After a point of time, all the characters in the film seem to be hankering for Khambatta’s billions. Khambatta has other plans on her mind. Due to the lack of any heir, she is caught in a perpetual fix about how to allocate her property. In the second half, the film picks up a bit.  Director Ananth Mahadevan tactfully uses some of the twists as baits for the audience to sit through the film, but only for a fleeting moment. The second half tends to crumble as well. The audience might be loathe to keep a steady follow up on the who-is-going-to-get-stabbed-next game and that ultimately boils down to a formulaic climax, very predictable! The dialogues are too basic, and lack crispness.

The background score is gripping, and has aided the mystery of the plot to quite an extent. In contrast to the first Aksar, which was considered a musical hit, the songs of Aksar 2 couldn’t make a mark. 

Performance-wise, Gautam Rode has delineated the role of a crafty banker, shaming his innocence and showing us the shades of grey, skillfully. He’s fantastic. Zareen Khan looks good and that’s about it. As far as acting is concerned, she must join a crash course. Abhinav Shukla is below average. Mohit Madaan has a lot of surprises in store for the audience. Lillete Dubey looks as coerced to play this character as the bizarre wig that sits on her head.

 

Verdict: Dud!

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