This time the commentary was absent. Hence, I watched the film from top to toe and realised that while the plot is fantastic, the music is apt to build up the suspense, Utpal Dutt is cut out for the role of Maan Singh, it is Vinod Khanna and Shabana Azmi who fail to grasp my attention. Both are so inconsistent in the film, to the extent of
Meena Joshi receives an curious letter from some Maan Singh, while her husband, Vinod Joshi is away for work. The letter alleges that Vinod had murdered Kale after stealing money from his office and put the blame on the innocent Subramanium. The author also alleges that the Joshis' sudden rise to riches was because of that stolen money and that Vinod is actually a scheming fellow who has planned the misdeed. Meena's halcyon world comes crashing down. While she refuses to believe what the letter says, she keeps questioning Vinod's sudden contact with so much money. Eventually Vinod finds out that Meena is suspecting him and though he tells her that he earned all the property through his dealings in the share market, Meena takes it all in with a pinch of salt.
With the lack of faith and trust, a wall develops between the couple and their marital bliss is affected. They try to keep up a happy front before their son, Mithu who is visiting them from boarding school but inside the bedroom it's a difficult scenario for the duo.
The rest of the film unravels the truth behind this conumdrum of theft and murder, with some masala thrown in.
I found Vinod Khanna a bit loud and jarring in the film. I don't think he had the finer skills of
Shabana Azmi could have done a much better job. She keeps whimpering. For the woman who strode like a lioness in films like Mandi, Arth and Masoom, I feel she could have approached the role in a much more nuanced way. There are the occasional sparks where she ponders over the problem but that's about it. She hardly has any good lines to deliver, too.
The film almost stands of the sturdy shoulders of the unflappable Utpal Dutt. What a versatile actor this man was. He puts so much of effort in the scheming Maan Singh that the whole turn looks so