Red is a thriller that manages to keep you guessing till the end. There’s enough dose of love, lust and betrayal. Moreover, it’s editing is slick and the movie ends in 1 hour 40 minutes. No unnecessary sub-plots. Director Vikram Bhatt gets straight to the point and down to the details in no time. He also makes intelligent use of sepia-toned flashbacks to give the movie that Hollywood feel.
The kissing scenes between Neel Oberoi (Aftab Shivdasani) and Anahita (Celina Jaitley) reflects the maturity of the film-maker. No awkwardness here between the two stars as they get steamy and hot. Gone are the days of two flowers meeting, signifying a mating scene and the quick peck on the cheek to signify love. Today, the scenes have gotten bolder and better. The actors are also more accepting of such ‘requirements’.
Neel Oberoi is a billionaire bachelor, diagnosed with a hole in the heart. He needs a donor and help comes in the form of a fatal accident. Set right, he wants to thank the one who has helped him get a new life. After persuading the doctor to give him the name of the one who gave him the heart, he sets out to meet the woman to thank her. It turns out that Anahita is lonely after her husband, Anuj’s death and Neel’s entry brings a spark in her life.
There’s also, Ria (Amrita Arora) who completes the love triangle. How Neel goes about setting Anahita’s life back on track is what the movie is all about. Learning that Anuj did not die in an accident but was killed and the killer is now out to get Anahita, Neel goes on a killing spree himself, having fallen in love with his donor’s wife. Anahita informs Neel about the affair Anuj had with Ria and also shows him his very personal diary which convinces Neel about Anahita’s terror.
Vikram Bhatt uses his characters well to emote love, lust and betrayal, all in that order. Aftab Shivdasani as Neel is vulnerable, desirable and adorable, while Celina as Anahita is calm, composed and goes about her life, after Anuj’s death, like any other rich widow. Displaying innocence when needed and aggression along with her passionate scenes, Celina impresses. By far, this is the actor’s best performance. The director does well focusing more on long shots of Celina than tight close-ups to his advantage.
Amrita Arora does not have much of a role but she does manage to impress, allowing the director to have the audience guessing as to who the real killer is. Music by Himesh Reshammiya adds to the tempo while the dialogues are interesting.
I won’t spoil your suspense on this one. If you are in the mood for a racy thriller, RED is recommended.