Bipasha Basu …. Anu
Priyanshu Chatterjee …. Arpit
John Abraham …. Aman
Director : Tanveer Khan
Music Album : Madhoshi
Madhoshi marks the directorial debut of Tanveer Khan. For his first movie – starring Bipasha Basu, John Abraham and Priyanshu Chatterjee – Tanveer weaves an intricate love story out of a tragedy.
In the movie Bipasha plays a fine arts student named Anu, a bright girl from a happy and affluent family. But Anu’s world shatters when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in the horrifying 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. A mentally shocked Anu goes into perfect solitude.
To get Anu to start her life again, her parents decide to get her married. So they get her engaged to Arpit Oberoi (Priyanshu Chatterjee), who is a well known ad-filmmaker with a bright future ahead of him.
Not long after his engagement to Anu, Arpit gets an international ad Film project and leaves for the U.S. During these days Anu comes across another young man named Aman (John Abraham), who is a member of the anti-terrorist organization.
Aman is a handsome guy with unflagging spirit to root out the evil of terrorism. No sooner than Anu comes to know him and his purpose in life, she begins to fall in love with him.
It is now her real dilemma starts. On one hand, she is engaged to a man who accepted her in her days of despair. On the other is a man with whom she connects on a very deeper level.
Divided in her mind, Anu resorts to a desperate measure just a few days before her scheduled marriage. She cuts the veins of her wrists. Although Anu survives the suicide attempt, the diagnosis of her mental condition shocks everyone – she suffers from Schizophrenia…
The punchline of the movie says that an illusion goes beyond imagination. And that goes true for the main character Anu (Bipasha), for whom the line between illusion and reality is quite blur. Having gradually recovered from the mental shock of her sister’s death in 9/11 attacks, Anu turns into a woman given to mental delusions. But the real question is – Is her ideal man Aman (John) just a figment of her imagination or does he exist in reality.
Madhoshi is a promising attempt by first time director Tanveer Khan, but it still fails to impress because of some unimaginative writing.
The movie start off quite well with the 9/11 attacks and then slowly establishes the gravity of Anu’s trauma, followed by a mandatory sequence of songs in the first half. The story picks up after the introduction of John Abraham, and with him comes the element of suspense in the story.
But the treatment of the story in the latter part of the second half is what tantalizes the most. The climax, when the suspense is cleared, is childish in conception and a complete letdown.
Yet, Madhoshi leaves an impression because of commendable acting by Bipasha Basu, who does everything from her erotic poses and hot scenes with John to her delirious act as a possible schizophrenic with utmost conviction.
John Abraham too deserves a mention for his portrayal of Aman. His screen presence and the credibility with which he plays Aman add vitality to the film. Priyanshu Chatterji is sincere but not skilled in his acting.
Another good thing about Madhoshi is that it does not resort to Bollywood stereotype (save the song and dance). The movie has many essential ingredients like romance, suspense and, at the same time, it derives from the catastrophic terrorist attack and goes into the mind of a girl who longs to spend her entire life with a man devoted to anti-terrorism. But, of course, you will have to see the movie to know whether that man exist in reality or just in the mind of this girl.