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AggarAggar : Movie Review
14th Sept 2007  23.38 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  

Aggar is an interesting thriller with unexpected twists and turns in its plot.

Anant Mahadevan is becoming deft at directing thrillers. His latest film 'Aggar' doesn't have any big stars. But it has a gripping plot. The story revolves around three interesting characters: a psychiatric doctor, his suspicious wife, and an obsessive lover with psychotic history.

The story's writer weaves an engrossing tale around these characters. There is passion, betrayal, infidelity, obsession and terror. And there are unpredictable spins in the plot to keep you involved throughout the movie's running time.

Tusshar Kapoor , Shreyas Talpade and Udita Goswami are the main stars of the film.

Tusshar plays Aryan, a man who is doing time in a mental asylum for having accidentally killed his girlfriend (Sophie Choudhary). He is under the care of Dr. Aditya Merchant (Shreyas Talpade) who has sympathy for him.

Aryan gets out of the asylum and gets a job in an event management company run by Janvi (Udita Goswami).

Now, Janvi happens to be the wife of Dr. Aditya. But all is not well in their marriage. She suspects her husband of having an extramarital affair with another woman.

At work, Janvi lets herself get swept away by her attraction towards Aryan. But as soon as she discovers that her husband is not cheating on her, she has pangs of conscience. She tries to distance herself from Aryan, but he wouldn't give in so easily.

The obsessed lover in Aryan awakens. Janvi is stuck. Even her life is in danger. And there is also more to Dr. Aditya than meets the eye.

'Aggar' catches momentum gradually. In between it does hit a few bumps. But the regular and unpredictable twists only heighten the interest and make you wonder what is in store next. The masterstroke comes in the climax, which, although not entirely unpredictable, nevertheless catches you off-guard.

The film has notable performances from the starcast. Tusshar Kapoor does a very good job without going over the top. The psychosis in his character has a restrained aggression. Shreyas Talpade pitches in a convincing performance. He is particularly impressive in the final reels. Udita Goswami looks glamorous and her acting is also up to the mark.

Mithoon's music in the film is a complete letdown. There is a strong sense of déjà vu in his compositions. They sound like rehashes of his songs from 'The Train'.

The movie's cinematography is fine. The locales of Thailand are beautifully captured on the camera.

All in all, 'Aggar' is good in parts. Loopholes in the script appear at many points in the film. It looks a bit incredulous that a man out of a loony bin can so easily end up at a decent job in a good company and even woo his gorgeous boss. Mahadevan's direction is a bit slipshod at times. The movie's end somewhat compensates for these loose ends.

A good timepass.

Rating: **

Anant Mahadevan
Tusshar Kapoor
Shreyas Talpade
Udita Goswami

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