Remember the 2005 film, MAINE GANDHI KO NAHIN MARA directed by Jahnu Barua? The film in which Anupam Kher holds himself responsible for killing Mahatma Gandhi? Now, in 2011, Anupam Kher plays a character in YEH FAASLEY, who's accused of killing his wife. Although poles apart, the courtroom scenes and Anupam Kher are the common elements in both the films.
YEH FAASLEY basically explores a father-daughter relationship. Arunima (Tena Desae) is all excited to be back home after completing her studies, so that she can be with her father Devinder Devilal Dua aka Dev Dua (Anupam Kher). Dev is very protective about Arunima which is evident when he bashes up a guy who gets cheeky with her at a wedding. It's clear; Dev can go to any extent for her daughter.
Meanwhile, there's an unsaid bond of love between Manu (Rushad Rana) and Arunima and Dev is very happy for them. All's well till the day Arunima finds a will written by her mother, who passed away in an accident when Arunima was just two. Why someone would make a will at such a young age, is what leaves her perplexed. There's clearly more to it than what meets the eye. Her attempt to know more about her mother goes in vain as Dev doesn't like to talk about her. In fact, he even hides some important things about her from Arunima like her being a professional singer and her closeness with musician friend Digvijay Singh (Pawan Malhotra). A relentless Arunima, in her quest to find the truth about her mother, comes to know that Dev was apparently responsible for her death. Will she ever get to the bottom of the secret is what ensues.
Director Yogesh Mittal's has an intriguing plot. There is a decent built-up in the first half and you want to unravel the mystery. However, by the time he gets to the climax, you have run out of patience. Yogesh Mittal's direction is good, but he's marred by a flabby script. While there are copious redundant versions of the same story, the actual story moves at a snail's pace. The second half is a complete drag. Even the courtroom scenes lack drama. Every scene in the last 20 odd minutes of the film seems to be the last, but it goes on and on.
Deepak Pandit's music is average. Doing away with some songs would have definitely helped. Amitabha Singh's cinematography captures the picturesque locales well. Survir Nath's editing is hideous. The production quality ranges from being average to bad, with many out of focus shots.
Anupam Kher is dependable as always and delivers a great performance. He's got a meaty and complicated role after a long time and does full justice to it. Debutante Tena Desae makes a pretty decent debut, considering most of her scenes were with Anupam Kher. A couple of films, and she'll be great. Pawan Malhotra overacts. Rushad Rana is fine. Kiran Kumar doesn't have much to do.
YEH FAASLEY is like travelling a faasla of 100 kms only to find out, you have reached the wrong destination.