Naqaab - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

It is a shame that another brilliant concept has been flushed down the drain because of half-baked attempts at narrating and acting. The product comes across as tacky because of the constant shuffle between comedy, unintentional comedy, a few extra-predictable scenes, and unexpected plot twists.



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Plot Summary

Karan (Bobby Deol) and Sophie (Urvashi Sharma) are deeply in love with each other and are all set to get married. Sophie meets Vicky (Akshaye Khanna) and has a change of heart. Who masks what emotion is for you to find out...

What Worked

  • The curiosity created by the black and white camera shots. You know someone is recording what is happening to the characters in the movie, but you don't know who and what for.
  • The horizontal and vertical transitions (wipes) between scenes that looked like the roll of a die.

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 opening sequence introducing Sophie comes across as a badly composed fashion show. Also, there is only one model.
  • What was the whole idea behind making Sophie work at a Burger King. I hope it was not just to show that she wouldn't know how to hold a wine glass. She might as well have worked in a better paying job. Atleast that way the rent at the huge bungalow could have been justified.
  • A parking lot is full of cars. In broad daylight, Sophie hears a sound. Why does she behave as if all hell has broken loose? Is nobody allowed to move in the lot when she is walking around?!
  • Last but not the least, why was Sophie the chosen one? Oh, this is not Harry Potter, is it...sorry...


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.

  • Why is the door to Vicky's house open in the scene where Sophie comes from the wedding?
  • Why do people wear sunglasses when they are indoors? Especially while they are watching TV?
  • Why does Vicky own girly clothes? Especially jeans that fit a girl?
  • How come none of Sophie's relatives attend the wedding?
  • How come Sophie doesn't suspect anything when she sees so many strangers at the wedding?