Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) is happily married to Priya (Kareena) who
was once a lawyer.
works for a telephone company whose board of directors includes
Ranjit Roy (Amrish Puri) and his young wife Sonia (Priyanka).
was Raj's girlfriend at one time. But she has always been attracted
to him despite being separated.
when Raj refuses to give in, she accuses him of rape. She even asks
her husband to remove Raj from the company.
Raj decides to sue Sonia for sexual harassment. But when all fails,
his trusted wife wears the lawyer's gown and takes on the case.
film starts at a steady pace as the characters are introduced. It
gathers momentum when Sonia enters into Raj's life.
Hindi cinema we are used to seeing men eyeing up women but in Aitraaz
we get to see the opposite. And that's what makes this film
unique in its story telling.
it heads towards the interval, the situation heats up as an angry
Sonia gets ready to put up a fight. This gives you an incentive
to look forward to an exciting second half.
that's exactly what happens after the intermission as the two parties
fight it out in the courtroom.
film really works because it tackles a subject never seen before
in Hindi cinema. But most important of all, it's the dramatic interaction
between the characters which elevates the tension further - a must
for a thriller.
unique aspect of the film is seeing Priyanka Chopra in a villainous
role. She plays the part of Sonia with such perfection that we begin
to hate her character as the story unfolds.
Kumar gives a restrained performance which is exactly what his character
Kapoor is seen in a different light altogether as a mature wife
prepared to fight for her husband. She surprises you by excelling
in the climax scenes.
the courtroom it is Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor who give their
is a well made thriller with no flaws. With a unique storyline,
it will do extemely well in the UK cinemas.
by Manish Gajjar
BBC Shropshire's Mr Bollywood