Sunday, September 18, 2005
My Wife's Murder
RGV's new offering is an interesting effort. I felt the title was a little misleading. Visions of a slick whodunit appear. But this is not one of those. And the film is all the better for it. The film tells the tale of an average, middle class man (Anil Kapoor) who accidentally ends up killing his wife (Suchitra Krishnamurty) during a domestic fight. He considers going to the police, but is scared and is worried about the future of his little children. So he chooses to dispose off the body, wipe out all evidence and pretend that his wife had left home and never returned. His assistant from work (Nandana Sen) helps him out during all this. However, the police (Boman Irani) suspect foul play and attempt to track down the killer after the body is found.
The film is good. No songs and unnecessary frills to impede the narrative. It stays on track all through. The film chooses to focus on the psyche of a scared man on the run rather than turning it into a mystery/suspense thriller. Smart move, as I think this hasn't been explored in Hindi cinema to this depth before. It is quite plausible that a large number of people would react in a similar manner when faced with such situations. The film maker tries to explore the consequences of such a reaction.
Commercial success has eluded the film so far. Understandable, given that this subject will not appeal to all audiences. Anil Kapoor is fantastic as the unintentional wife murderer. The man never ceases to amaze. He gives a wonderfully understated performance, where he could have easily gone over the top and ruined things. The fact that he continues to experiment with his roles is commendable. Nandana Sen and Suchitra Krishnamurty are not bad. But the other acting highlight of the film is Boman Irani. His performance as the sadistic inspector hot on the 'murderer's' tail is exceptional. The man is full of suprises.
At two hours long, the film holds the viewer for most of the time. The only drawback might be the background music, which some might find a little too loud and jarring.