Genre: Thriller Recommended: General Audience Released: 2007
Starring: Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Urvashi Sharma, Vishal Malhotra, Vikas Kalantri, Raj Zutshi
Directed by: Abbas Mustan
Director duo Abbas-Mastan have have in the past given us thrillers through movies like Baazigar, Ajnabee and Humraaz. Naqaab - their latest offering matches their previous thrillers and the best thing is that it’s just two hours long.
The story is based on the scenic locales of Dubai.
A middle-class girl called Sophie (Urvashi Sharma) meets Karan (Bobby Deol) belonging to the upper echelon of the society.
Opposites attract, Sophie falls in love with Karan and gets engaged to him.
While Sophie treats her friends post engagement in an Egyptian restaurant, the brash, awfully dressed Vicky (Akshaye Khanna) ends up dancing with her after being prompted by an usher who harps about Egyptian traditions and they dance to a Hindi song.
This just-engaged girl shares a tremendously intimate song with the upstart, coming close enough to an actual kiss, and just then the spell breaks. Vicky too belongs to the girl’s strata of the society. Positives come close too, hence Sophie, inspite of being engaged to Karan, starts falling for Vicky.
The girl Sophie has a past that seems to be threatening her future. The guy – Vicky also has a past that can jeopardize the girl’s future. And the rich guy Karan, too has a gruesome past that will…. if unleashed – shatter all the three lives.
There’s also a fourth element to the story, a mysterious guy who seems to be monitoring these three characters.
The film is neatly shot, progresses breezily with a fair share of contrived contertwisting and ends with a climax layered on and on…
NAQAAB belongs to Akshaye Khanna delivers a powerful performance. He’s impressive and the real scene stealer. Bobby Deol is consigned to the backseat in the first hour, but manages a good comeback in the second half. Urvashi Sharma the newcomer gets a dream launch and she lights up the screen.
Its definitely watch able for the twists and turns in the story and of course for the pretty heroine.
Bobby Deol – Karan
Akshaye Khanna – Vicky
Urvashi Sharma – Sophie
Director of Photography: Ravi Yadav
Story & Screenplay: Shiraz Ahmed
Dialogues: Anurag Prapanna, Jitendra Parmar
Executive Producer: Ishwar Advani
Action Directors: Kaushal – Moses
Choregrapher: Raju Khan
Sound Designer: Rakesh Ranjan
Art Director: Aashish Anant Ranade
Costume Stylist: Falguni Thakore
Background Score: Salim Sulaiman
Mixing Engineer: Arup Dev
Sonu Nigam, Alisha Chinai
Zubin Garg, Javed Ali, Krishna
Line Producers: Chandru Bakhtiani, Prakash Talreja, Dilip Advani
Chief Assistant Directors:
Pramod A. Dubey, Mohammed S. Burmawala
Chief Assistant Editor: M.P. Sawant
Media Manager: Mahek Bachani
Sr Manager Accounts: Haresh Sedhani
Production Controllers: Narendra Jani,
Sayyed Faizaan Hussain
Production Executives: Harish Pujari, Murli Shah, Varun Lalwani