Aashayein - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Aashayein gives John Abraham loads of scope to emote and he manages a bit here and a bit there. But looks like the actors, writer/director, Nagesh Kukunoor and thus the audience lose it as the movie slogs along to the end. The metaphors are thrown at your face and explained in excruciating detail. And yet you don't know why the director/writer did what they did.

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Plot Summary

Bhaskar (John Abraham) finds out he's suffering from cancer (don't miss the Anand reference here), a few days after he wins a HUGE sum while gambling. He walks out of his regular life into seclusion only to meet new people.

What Worked

  • First time Govinda narrates a story to Bhaskar. Loved the Indiana Jones visuals.
  • The announcement of Bhaskar's disease to his girlfriend

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The whole fainting fest in the beginning.
  • The way the news of Bhaskar's disease sinks in, his reaction from beginning to the realization deep within
  • No wonder the hospice is low on funds, they have 2 chefs and menus from 6 countries!
  • The overdose of smiles in a place that is breathing death.
  • Shreyas Talpade's shot at the end of his song. Yuck!