Starring: Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Sushmita
Mukherjee, Rajat Kapoor, Anil Chaudhary, Sonya Narayan,
Directed by Sudhir Mishra
Khoya Khoya Chand takes you
to back to the golden era of 1950s and 1960s of
Bollywood, among old-fashioned lights, theatrical sets,
divas and vintage vehicles. The visual treatment is
marvelous, which creates a splendid atmosphere of those
golden old days. Remember the old classic song " Khoya
Khoya Chaand …" of a in a 1950's movie "Kaala Bazaar"
which showed our evergreen "boy" Dev Anand during his
Soha Ali Khan
Some events take place
and its another turn in Nikhat's life, leaving her alone
again. Zafar (Shiney Ahuja) helps Nikhat get free from the
iron grip of Prem Kumar. But the relationship is
Soha Ali Khan has a significant role, a central character
that requires her to emote and over-emote and she manages
it extraordinarily well to go from joyous to melancholy.
It is a brilliant performance from her, no wonder the film
rests on her shoulders, yet she manages a luminary
Shiney Ahuja - Zaffar
Sonya Jehan - Ratanbala
Rajat Kapoor - Prem Kumar
Soha Ali Khan - Nikhat
Sushmita Mukherjee - Sharda
Vinay Pathak - Shaymol
Soha Ali Khan and Shiney Ahuja
It is a sleek, neatly
created romance set against the golden era of cinema.
The movie is of a pretty young starlet Nikhat (Soha Ali
Khan) and Zafar (Shiney Ahuja). How she becomes a big
star with the help of superstar Prem Kumar (Rajat Kapoor).
Nikhat is a daughter of a well known actress Sharda and is
keen to join the Hindi films industry. A young, fledgling
wannabe actress, she learns dancing, incidentally she
catches the eye of the top actor Prem Kumar with whom she
falls in love with.
It's a story of how she compromises in life at an early
age just to break into the limelight by giving in to the
Even though Prem Kumar has
proclaimed his love for her, she later finds out that he
is getting married to someone else.
Sonia Jehan, a stunningly beautiful lady brilliantly is
cast as a diva, and given some of the film's finest scenes
where she is curiously coy as well as manipulative. Rajat
Kapoor is well cast as a star, and Saurabh Shukla's fine
as a plump financier. Shiney Ahuja has a reservoir of
talent which he portrays with all the intensity, his grins
and especially the scene where he shows his frustration.
The cinematographer Sachin Kumar Krishnan is the main
artist in this movie, which has well captured aura and the
atmosphere of those golden 50s and 60s. The film has
narration by Vinay Pathak, and impressively presented
Throughout the film doesn't focus on any person in
particular or highlight any incident or event. It is a
brilliant effort of capturing and collection of smartly
executed sequences. The director triumphantly captures the
behavioral pattern of stars, budding actors and
film-makers to precision. A bit lengthy tale, with an
abrupt winding up in the end.
Well done Sudhir Mishra for creating and directing a
archetypal movie by recreating the 1950's and 1960's era
for the screen. It is more interesting that some songs
that are being played in the background are most memorable
tunes from that era.