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Raqeeb - Rivals in Love Synopsis

Raqeeb, directed by debutante Anurag Singh, holds your interest at crucial points. Even though the story bears a striking resemblance to two films -- Venus/Abbas-Mustan's Humraaz [in turn inspired by a perfect murder] and Tips/Ken Ghosh's Fida -- the film in actuality borrows from a different film altogether -- murder by natural causes [1979] -- a lesser known English film. In the original, one of the leads wears a pacemaker. In raqeeb, he's asthmatic.

Remo [Rahul Khanna] is the owner of a highly successful software company. Remo's parents had died in a car crash when he was a child. Siddharth [Sharman Joshi] is his employee and probably, only friend. Siddharth is the exact opposite of Remo who is shy, introvert and asthmatic.

Siddharth constantly pesters Remo to socialize so that he can meet a few girls and fall in love with one of them. Remo seems to be averse to the idea until, one day, Siddharth plays a prank and sets Remo up for a blind date.

Remo meets the girl and after a misunderstanding falls in love with her. The girl is Sofie [Tanushree Dutta], a theatre actress. Everything is perfect until Remo and Sofie discover that her parents died in the same car crash in which Remo's parents had been killed. Sofie realizes that Remo's parents were responsible for the death of her parents.

Remo doesn't know how to deal with this tragic discovery. Siddharth persuades him to propose to Sofie. Remo proposes and after the initial hesitation, Sofie accepts. Remo and Sofie get married.

Sunny [Jimmy Shergill] is a struggling actor who is in love with Sofie. But Sofie always desired a luxurious life which Sunny was unable to provide. Hence, Sofie married Remo. When Sunny and Sofie meet again, the old love is rekindled. Thus begins a torrid affair between them.

Raqeeb belongs to Sharman Joshi, who is evolving into a powerful actor. He slips into the role effortlessly and looks natural all through. Rahul Khanna is perfect as the suave tycoon. Why doesn't one see more of you, Rahul? Jimmy Shergill's role reminds you of the obsessed lover in DARR, but after he's shown getting arrested, this track is sidelined completely.

In a nutshell, Raqeeb isn't great cinema. It isn't low on substance either. There isn't much to be thankful for in "Raqeeb" Unless you're looking at the scenic locations where the songs are shot the pristine blue water and pure-white sand. It floats somewhere in between. Watch it without expectations and you wouldn't be disappointed.

Raqeeb - Rivals in Love Movie Info

Language: Hindi
Genre: General.
Release Date: Friday 18th of May 2007
Run Time: 2 hrs. 30 min





 
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