A woman who he meets at a party reminds him of the women he has met before. As their meeting progresses through the night, K (Rajat Kapoor), a film director, whose films have been at international festivals, connects with his past through the present. The girl he meets (Aditi Chengappa) could be his daughter. We sort of hazard a guess because he overhears her speaking to her mother and the name is familiar.
But then again, it might not be true. Because that is the bait on which hangs the tale of 11 directors who have come together to make a single movie. A novel idea which like K's movies, might do well at the festival circuit. DUS KANAHIYAAN
, released in December 2007, was one such movie wherein we were treated to 10 different tales shot by different directors. In X, it's supposed to be one story and although at first the premise seems interesting, it soon fizzles out to which part stands out the best, because the interconnect is lost. It gets from boring to tedious to 'how could you?'
On a canvass level, to assuage your film-making ability, this seems like an apt exercise; something on the lines of a class project. On that front, among the 11 directors, I'm sure this has done well. But to subject your audience to something that is hazy and patchy and has no clear-cut vision is another story.
Hats off to the girls who steal the show here as K's past! Standing out with their performances are Radhika Apte, Pooja Ruparel, Swara Bhaskar, Rituparna Sen and Aditi Chengappa, who has the most screen time.
Even when she is not on the screen, just her voice is enough to have her presence in a scene as is shown in one scene in the lift. This is Radhika Apte who continues to wow and glow with every performance. Pooja Ruparel, coming onto the screen after a long time (She was a child artiste in KING UNCLE and DDLJ) permeates with her laidback, powerful performance. A movie star who is now seeing her decline and wanting to have K's baby, hers is a well-etched plot that actually fits into the overall scenario, just like Apte's.
Swara Bhaskar's part in Tamil Nadu is coy, sexy and shocking. But the bit about the time machine does not really add up because K has gone back in time 20 years and Swara is now shown as she is, 20 years older. A time machine would ideally take you back in time to the time it really was! Remember, Harman Baweja went there in the movie LOVE STORY 2050
It's disheartening to see a fine actress like Huma Qureshi picking the wrong roles. Her part sticks out like a sore thumb and it shows in her expression as in one scene she looks quizzically at the viewer. It's almost like asking, am I doing a good job? It's a banal scene which bears no consequence to the overall narrative. Something you would do in a classroom when the teacher is absent, just to humour your classmates. Rice Plate
were the winners in DUS KAHANIYAN. Pooja Ruparel, Radhika Apte and Swara Bhaskar score in their parts here. They make the movie bearable.
Anshuman Jha as the young K puts in a decent performance. Rajat Kapoor is convincing as the director who is still trying to connect with his past.
Overall, this movie is like a biryani prepared by 11 cooks. You can imagine the taste if one cook has forgotten to inform the other whether he has added salt!