Nagesh Kukunoor in the past has given us so many movies that we could relate to. These were movies that we laughed at, shook our head at the our own stupid ways that he beautifully portrayed, and rooted for the underdog who always won in the end. These were endearing movies and often the characters stayed long after you saw the movie. Unfortunately, this time around the only thing that stays with you is the question, “Alright, now what was THAT all about?”
8 X 10 Tasveer is the story about Jai Puri (Akshay Kumar). Jai Puri stays in a beautiful cabin with his girl friend Sheila (Ayesha Takia) and works for an environmental organization EPS (Environmental
Protection Services). They have a nice life, cut wood for the fire place and cycle around the small sleepy town (presumably Alberta in Canada) around the lakes and green lush fields. Everything is going
extremely fine until Jai’s father (Benjamin Gillani), the chairman of an oil company – ‘Canoil’ dies of a heart attack while on his yatch. Everyone thinks it is an accident and Jai also accepts his father’s
loss and tries to move on in life. He is then confronted by a possibly delusional detective Happi (Javed Jaffery) who also suffers from an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Happi feels that the circumstances in which Jai’s dad died were a little fishy and thinks that he might have been murdered.
Jai has a special power that is a secret and not known to many. If he concentrates on a photo for long, he is immediately transported back in time to that place and he is able to experience the incidents that
took place there just after the photo was clicked. The only link to know the secret of his father’s death is a photograph taken just a minute before the death. How Jai uses his power to find the
truth forms the rest of the story.
Full points to Nagesh Kukunoor the director. This is by far his most technically superior product. He has come a long way from the ‘home-video’ feel of his earlier movies. The beautiful Canadian locales are captured beautifully and is a nice change. Zero points for Nagesh Kukunoor the story teller. The story, though interesting, lacks enough meat that a thriller requires. You are so disconnected from the movie that you frankly do not care who the killer is. When the killer is actually revealed you find yourself staring wide eyed at the screen in disbelief.
To sum it up the intentions are in place and it’s heartening to see Bollywood make movies about topics that are so diverse and so fresh, but that is not enough for us to flock to the theaters, is it? I would recommend that you stay home this weekend and rent a couple of DVDs of old Kukunoor movies like Rockford or Iqbal.