Nishabd - Notepad

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

Despite my aversion to the concept of a father falling in love with his daughter’s friend, the movie had an overall impact. Great performances (like that’s a surprise!), straight-forward dialogues and a bold storyline make the movie worth watching. But does not necessarily warrant a trip to the theaters. It would have been better if they spent a little time on relationships other than the Amitabh Bachchan-Jiah Khan relationship. Also the overenthusiastic cameraman and murder-mystery style background music got exasperating after a while.

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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

Ritu (Shradha Arya) brings home her friend Jiah (Jiah Khan) for a vacation. Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan), Ritu's father who is indifferent to Jiah at first, slowly gets attracted towards her free spirit. What follows is something you should find out on your own.

What Worked

  • The camera movement in the first scene. Vijay stands on a hill top looking down. The camera moves to make you feel dizzy just like one would feel when you are at a height and are looking down. The problem is they used this movement in 3-4 other scenes making it very irritating.
  • Vijay's reaction to Jiah's 'under the table' flirting. It felt very natural, since he has no clue how to react.
  • Focus on Jiah's knees to show sensuousness. Much better than focusing on the breast and butt.
  • The combination of sitar, flute and drums in the last scene between Vijay and Jiah.

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

  • Vijay yelling at Ritu. Just does not make sense
  • Ritu's maternal uncle's character - hard to believe such cool-headed people exist.
  • In the scene after Vijay, his wife and Jiah look at Jiah's pictures there is glint of suspicion in the wife's eyes. But that is not carried forward.

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.

Okay, this time I am absolutely nit-picking!

  • Was that soap Jiah uses in the bathroom? No lather at all?
  • In one scene, the camera positions alternate between showing Vijay from front and back. Maybe it was the lighting, but his hair looked shiny-gray from behind and blackish from the front.