in the picturesque valley of Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, Paap
(meaning sin) explores the inner most desires of Kaaya (Udita Goswami).
has been brought up under the watchful eye of her strict father.
have dedicated their lives to the teachings of the nearby Buddhist
monastery headed by Rimpoche.
attain a higher level of spirituality in the next birth, Kaaya is
told to refrain from the simple pleasures of human desires.
Kaaya does just that by spending her time writing love poems for
that special man who will sweep her off her feet.
film gathers momentum when Rimpoche gets a vision about his master's
reincarnation in New Delhi in the form of a six-year-old boy.
is now up to Kaaya to bring the child, Llahmo (Madan) back to the
monastery. But the journey back home proves tougher than Kaaya imagined.
becomes the key witness to a murder being committed - we see
a resemblance to Hollywood's film Witness.
they come into contact with police officer Shiven (John Abraham).
But as the case gets complicated, Shiven decides to take them back
to Spiti for their own safety.
the process, he gets severely injured but they manage to reach their
destination in one piece.
and the village elders force him to stay until he recovers.
days go by, the presence of Shivan brings out some intimate feelings
in Kayaa, much to the dismay of her father, who has already etched
out a path of spirituality for her.
path she takes forms the crux of this thriller.
concept of spirituality in Paap, makes this film stand out
from the current releases.
someone explain why Kaaya's dreams seem erotic if she is supposed
to be so innocent? Well I live this to your discretion.
Having said this, Pooja Bhatt deserves praise for tackling a difficult
subject for her first film as director. The movie keeps you engross
throughout. There is never a dull moment.
Paap we see the colourful locales of Spiti captured beautifully
by Mr Mahaley, the cinematographer.
musical score by Anu Malik blends well with the story. The song
Mann Ki Lagan is the best of the lot.
turned actress Udita Goswami makes her debut with great ease although
her polished looks does not match the character of a village girl.
We can turn a blind eye to such a small flaw.
for John Abraham, he has really matured with every release. Great
acting and great physique too - keeps the girls happy I supposed!
the one who catches your attention is young Madan Bhiku as Llahmo.
He is a natural in front of the camera. A range of emotions can
be seen in his eyes.
the whole Paap is different from the regular Bollywood pot
boilers. Its different, it's daring but, definitely not sinful.
wait for this one to release at UCI Telford in Shropshire.
by Manish Gajjar, BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood.