Naqaab Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Urvashi Sharma, Raj Zutshi; Director: Abbas-Mustan; Rating: ***

The thriller masters are back. And like every other time, apart from the usual gloss and glamour, it’s their trump card that gives them an edge – the script.

Karan Khanna is a multi-million dollar business tycoon who falls in love with a middle-class beautiful damsel, Spohie.

Everything is going great for them. They have money, class, status, social respect and of course love. What else can someone ask for?

Complications probably!

Aah… Sophie coincidently bumps into Vicky, an aspiring actor. The coincidences become quite common. So common that it brings them close.

Spohie, who is to get married to Karan within a few days, finds herself getting drifted towards Vicky. And every time she tries to pull herself away, she ends up getting closer.

Sounds much like those usual Bollywood love-triangles, right? Wrong.

Wait till you’re pushed into the roller-coaster for a twisting ride.

Far from the usual mushy movies, Naqaab keeps you on the edge your seat, atleast for the first half.

Post-interval, the script loses its punch… to an extent. Although when the climax unfolds, you get the ‘I couldn’t have guessed that’ feeling, there are times when you feel like saying ‘naah’!

The editing is quite crisp and the two-hour long film makes no space for unwanted episodes.

The background score is good, the songs go very well with the mood of the film and don’t seem forced into at any point.

Performance wise it is Akshaye who deserves a pat. Like any other time, he gets into the skin of the character and whether it’s his dialogue delivery tactics or his expressions, he doesn’t miss the point at any time.

Urvashi makes a strong presence. The debutant delivers with the right taste and looks stunning most of the time.

Bobby Deol is just about okay. Maybe his character was not too strong or maybe Bobby could not add the spice to it. Towards the climax, however, he manages to find his space.

Overall, Naqaab is a good joyride. It might not have the chilling bites of the usual Abbas-Mustan masala, but nonetheless, the directors deserve full marks for a riveting script.

Watch it to breakfree from the usual Bollywood tale and relish the “real” movie!!!!

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