Dhokha - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

Dhokha gives a different treatment to the religious terrorism issue that has been dealt with by many movies. It manages to retain interest despite a preachy lecture time and again. Muzzamil Ibrahim and Tulip Joshi give good performances.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Zaid (Muzzamil Ibrahim) is a police officer who finds out that his wife, Sara (Tulip Joshi), has passed away in a terrorist bomb explosion. A few other things that he never knew about his wife unveil with her death.

What Worked

  • The characterization of Zaid and Muzzamil's performance. Even though you know his wife is the terrorist, you really hope that she isn't, for his sake.
  • The rape scene - it has the impact that it desires to achieve.

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 number of times Gulshan Grover says "manushya" in his introductory scene where he is giving an interview on TV. I think the point was to make sure everyone realizes he is a Hindu, the Ganpati idol in the background was enough to do that. Using a pure Hindi word, that too repeatedly, in otherwise normal Hindi language was out of place.
  • How come only the muslim driver needed to be searched, not his mother and car?
  • Sara's face was blue and hair all spread out decoratively. Granted you want to create drama, but it shouldn't be at the expense of the otherwise realistic look you are trying to give the movie.
  • How does the police know that Sara drove in a white Ambassador? Did the bus driver wait till he saw where she was going? If so, why did he wait?
  • How come a police officer doesn't get worried about his wife who has been uncontactable for two days? Especially when he claims to love her so.
  • Doesn't Zaid have too lavish a life for a ACP? Wedding in Udaipur, et al?
  • The silhouette lighting at Zaid's release. It was visually alright, but it didn't serve any specific purpose. It seemed very random.
  • There was no particular reason for Zaid to yell, "I have had enough of you two" at Nandini and her friend, when they have barely exchanged a few lines.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • The bloody hand-prints on the walls of the hospital looked artificial.
  • Why was the wedding in Udaipur? The guy lives in Mumbai, the girl in Nashik.
  • How come Zaid ordered another drink at the bar, when he had not finished his first one?
  • The road on which Zaid is being chased is divided and undivided alternately even though his own movements are continuous.