Khoya Khoya Chand Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:35:22.7270000 IST


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The classy Bollywood ?retro? feel is back again in KHOYA KHOYA CHAND but this time it?s not ostentatiously flashy as it was in OM SHANTI OM. It?s subtle, submissive and treadmills romantic voyages of 50?s and 60, where ?time-honored? conceptual melodramatic ethics are preserved by characteristically classical Indian and western musical decorum. Shantanu Moitra, the ideal choice for this vintage era melodrama rejuvenate 50?s era that is conceptually reminiscent to ever popular on-screen romance of late Gurudutt and beautiful Waheeda Rehman.

Shantanu Moitra fabricates traditional flair of ?qawalli? politesse in setting up ambience for love chemistry in the title track ?Khoya Khoya Chand? where poetic references to ?Chand? (moon) in old-fashioned tonality delivers a feel of nostalgia. Fresh talent Ajay Jhingran?s intensely voiced baritones are sharp contrast to the likes of legends like Hemant Kumar. Swanand Kirkire raps out his ?shayaari? in preludes and interludes with able incorporation of old-fashioned rhythmical flows getting along with traditional instrumentals getting refined with supple electronic sounds. It?s an above average title track that?s more subjective to the concept rather than enlightening or entertaining senses.

Moitra had a ?blast from past? when Sunidhi crooned ?Kaisi Yeh Paheli? (PARINEETA) for svelte Rekha and ?Yeh Nigaheen? turns out to be extension to this oeuvre. It?s an ode to traditional 50?s music where wood basses, trumpet echoes, twittering drumming along with dash of piano shrills and guitar riffs sets decorum for ball-room dancing for love birds. Antara Choudhary tries to impersonate Geeta Bali?s yore in modulating textures while Sonu Nigam shows his flair of Rafi style singing. Moitra has potentially conceptualized bygone era through his instrumental expertise but it?s moreover a visual delight for its embodied flamboyance than listening pleasure.

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Recently there was unheard ?Ehi Thaiyaa Motiya? (LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG), a classical ?thumri? and now it?s been followed by another similar track ?Chale Aao Saaiyaan? by versatile Shreya Ghoshal. It?s an eclectically paced situational ?mujra? track that can be epitomized better through Shreya?s refined singing with essentials of conceptually profound Indian classical music ethics.

?Khushboo Sa?, an ode to Geeta Bali?s 50?s fling brings in another fresh talent Hamsika Iyer, the vocalist who debuted with impressive ?Chanda Re? (EKLAVYA-THE ROYAL GUARD). After ?Yeh Nigaheen?, it?s another big take on ?Kaisi Yeh Paheli? and the striking feature of this seductively crooned track are its shimmering vocal flows followed by the preceding interludes where rigorous arrangements takes you by big surprise.



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Now for the story, if you have not yet guessed from the opening line. It is about the struggle of a pushy mother to get her daughter, who is already an extra in films, the heroine roles even before she can turn 15! So she pushes real hard taking her to producers and directors who scar Soha Ali Khan (Nikhat). Later, Nikhat, ?uses? the reigning star of that time Rajat Kapoor, to climb up the ladder. She also realizes that when she decides to get married to Zafar, her bank account has been wiped off by her mother! Rings a bell???

To cut the long story short, Zafar and Nikhat then ?Live in?. He then has some differences because she refuses to do his film, which eventually flops and he moves off to England while Nikhat hits the bottle big time. Cut to a few years later when Zafar returns. He learns that Nikhat also has a hole in the heart, after she agrees to star in his film. They marry. She dies a year later, and Zafar goes on to make many more films. The last two lines are flashed on screen when the movie ends, that?s how I know.

Among the star cast there is only Soha Ali Khan who stands out. No not because of any extraordinary bit of acting. The girl is talented no doubt, but the role is such that the focus is always on her. KHOYA KHOYA CHAND is a mind-blowing show reel for Soha.

To go or not: Like I mentioned, this is a movie which is lost in translation (somehow, Mishra?s intentions and story is not properly executed on screen). If you don?t want to be confused, think twice. The only saving grace is the music.

Ratings: 1/5


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Is it the story of Madhubala, Meenakumari or Sarika? Is it a movie, documentary or making of a movie? Nothing is clear. Sad, because director Sudhir Mishra has an interesting subject on hand but somewhere, he loses it while converting his thoughts into screenplay.

You don?t know whether what you are seeing on screen is the actual shot of the movie or of another movie being shot within the movie? Confusing, right? Absolutely! There is no effort to brighten up the lighting!!! So there you are caught wondering what is being projected on screen. After some time, you stop taxing your brain and just slip deeper into your seat.

And if the film is set in the sixties and seventies and the other actors dress and have hairstyles resembling that era, why is Shiney Ahuja (Zafar) a writer-director looking like he has stepped out of an Ad in the current era? Speaking of Ahuja, he steps onto the screen with a pained expression and maintains it throughout the duration of the 15 reels. Vinay Pathak is falling into a dangerous rut. This talented actor is playing a side-kick more than once. While there is nothing wrong in playing a side-kick, I have to admit that Vinay is far more talented. He has to use his creative side more imaginatively if he wants to leave an indelible mark on Indian cinema. And I know this man has that.


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Now for the story, if you have not yet guessed from the opening line. It is about the struggle of a pushy mother to get her daughter, who is already an extra in films, the heroine roles even before she can turn 15! So she pushes real hard taking her to producers and directors who scar Soha Ali Khan (Nikhat). Later, Nikhat, ?uses? the reigning star of that time Rajat Kapoor, to climb up the ladder. She also realizes that when she decides to get married to Zafar, her bank account has been wiped off by her mother! Rings a bell???

To cut the long story short, Zafar and Nikhat then ?Live in?. He then has some differences because she refuses to do his film, which eventually flops and he moves off to England while Nikhat hits the bottle big time. Cut to a few years later when Zafar returns. He learns that Nikhat also has a hole in the heart, after she agrees to star in his film. They marry. She dies a year later, and Zafar goes on to make many more films. The last two lines are flashed on screen when the movie ends, that?s how I know.

Among the star cast there is only Soha Ali Khan who stands out. No not because of any extraordinary bit of acting. The girl is talented no doubt, but the role is such that the focus is always on her. KHOYA KHOYA CHAND is a mind-blowing show reel for Soha.

To go or not: Like I mentioned, this is a movie which is lost in translation (somehow, Mishra?s intentions and story is not properly executed on screen). If you don?t want to be confused, think twice. The only saving grace is the music.

Ratings: 1/5

Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Shiny Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Soniya Jehan, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak.
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
  • Director: Sudhir Mishra
  • Music Director: Shantanu Moitra