Reviewer's Rating 2 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Bewafaa (Unfaithful) (2005)
PGContains mild violence and sex references

Life turns upside down for Anjali (Kareena Kapoor) when her elder sister Aarti (Sushmita Sen) dies unexpectedly during childbirth. One minute she's a young woman in love with her aspiring musician boyfriend Raja (Akshay Kumar), the next she's left her home in Canada, married her widowed brother-in-law Aditya (Anil Kapoor) and become the adoptive mother of his newborn twins. Not your average personal sacrifice, but that's nothing compared to the penalty you'll pay for watching Dharmesh Darshan's latest Bollywood melodrama Bewafaa.

It may share the same title as the 2002 Richard Gere thriller Unfaithful, but that's about the only thing Bewafaa has got in common with the steamy Hollywood film. Whereas the former highlights a husband's jealousy over his wife's affair with a younger man, this Hindi affair asks if infidelity is ever excusable. When Anjali's selfless decision to leave behind her love brings her little thanks, can she really be blamed for pursuing happiness the second time round? After all, her husband Aditya doesn't seem to care what she does; he's too busy pining for his dead wife outside the Taj Mahal. So when Raja makes a surprise return as a famous pop star, Anjali is torn between duty and finding comfort in her ex's arms.

"EVERY BAD BOLLYWOOD CLICHÉ"

Incorporating what seems every bad Bollywood cliché in the book, Bewafaa is reminiscent of a yesteryear B-grade masala movie when a coherent storyline and believable characters were considered optional extras. Despite a recognisable cast, good soundtrack and decent budget, Darshan's mind-boggling script and poor direction makes Bewafaa a major disappointment.

Music: Nadeem-Shravan

End Credits

Director: Dharmesh Darshan

Writer: Dharmesh Darshan

Stars: Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Manoj Bajpai, Shamita Shetty, Kabir Bedi

Genre: Bollywood, Drama

Length: 156 minutes

Cinema: 25 February 2005

Country: India

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