golden era of the 1960s film industry is effectively portrayed in this melodrama.
shows how Nikhat (Soha Ali Khan), a struggling theatre actress, tries to get a
big break into movies.
is not long before Nikhat's dreams and ambitions come true when she becomes a
superstar with the help of Prem Kumar (Rajat) but she had to pay the price of
becoming his mistress.
third angle in this love affair comes from a struggling writer-director Zaffer
the initial, rude encounter with this young starlet, Nikhat and Zaffer become
time goes by, they struggle with their innermost feelings for each other -amidst
the ruthless business dealings of the Bollywood film industry.
glorious years of the 60s are scrupulously and creatively recreated with careful
precision by director Mishra. This is showcased throughout, whether it is the
sets, costumes or its perfect casting.
era of the black and white films is also shown with sheer brilliance through impressive
cinematography. This proves yet again the in-depth research that was undertaken
prior to the film's shooting.
Ali Khan shines throughout as the fragile and emotionally unstable Nikhat.
glamorous in her 60s attire, Soha professionally portrays Nikhat's vulnerability
with realism. She makes you feel for the character who is trying to survive in
a male-dominated industry.
his previous films like the recent Bhool Bhulaiyaa, it is refreshing to see Shiney
Ahuja tackling a complex role for a change.
a professional model turned actor, he succeeds in portraying the anguish of Zaffer
for Rajat Kapoor, he shows the arrogance of Prem Kapoor with sheer professionalism.
Khoya Chand is director Mishra's passionate and nostalgic tribute to the golden
era of Indian cinema. Worth a watch!
by Manish Gajjar