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Only if Aggar was not made!
The Friday saw the release of two flicks: Agar and Nanhe Jaiselmer. The response to both the films was lukewarm and cold. While Aggar has Tusshar, Shreyas Talpade, Udita Goswami essaying the lead roles, Nanhe Jaiselmer has Bobby Deol.

OBSESSION of any kind is bad, for producers obsession with a particular genre is bad. After tasting success with flicks like Aksar; the producer duo of Shyam Bajaj and Narendra Bajaj tasted failure with The Train, Agar adds to their ‘misses’ tally.

Not that the plot is bad, however a thriller needs to be taut, which the film is not. The film could be further cut down from its 100 odd minutes running time to about 75-80 minutes.

The film opens with a hook: Aryan Mehta (Tushar) getting arrested for the murder of his two-time girlfriend Nisha (Sophie Chaudhary). He is found to be mentally unstable and put in a mental hospital. There he meets Dr Aditya Merchant (Shreyas Talpade), a renowned shrink.

Doctor A promises patient A that he will cure him, owing to the promise doctor A made to patient A’s dying father.

A reluctant Aryan comes under Aditya’s supervision and shows signs of recovery. It is also revealed in a flashback that Nisha’s death was accidental.

Aditya gets Aryan released and Aryan finds work in the company of Aditya Merchant!

Time for a subplot: Aditya’s wife (Udita Goswami) suspects Aditya of having a fling. A couple of tense moments later it is revealed that Aditya as merely spending some time (and dough) with the interior designer to gift wifey sweetie a dream abode.

However, the conflict now is that the wife deary has committed the gravest mistake of her life – slept with psychotic Aryan.

She suffers guilt pangs knowing of her hubby dear’s noble intentions. She wants to cut off from Aryan, but Aryan would have none of it and a la Darr and Daraar and numerous other movies, he turns a stalker.

In the end, it is revealed that Aditya shrinks the chink in the love story, as his only love in life is money and he plotted with Aryan to meet his wife and kill her. In nutshell, Aryan was Aditya’s guinea pig!


 After the show ends, one question that left unanswered is: why was the film called Aggar (If)?

There really is no if and but, but only a dud.

Technically, the film is just average. Even, the foreign locale of Thailand is not used to its optimal. Cinematography fine and editing as already mentioned needed more precision. However, the weakest technical aspect of the movie is the music. The producers’ last outing, The Train had such a chartbusting score and over here, the music is utter crap.

Tusshar seems uncomfortable in a role that was written for Emraan Hashmi. Udita has got stoic expressions, but does she really care, for she has found ardent admirers in the producers, it seems (hence getting cast in their films). Shreyas Talpade goes for an image makeover and is partially successful. Nauheed Cyrusi has got hardly any role to speak off. Suresh Menon’s comedy track, just like the film is dud.

The only silver lining, it is infinitely better than RGV ki Aag.

Rating: 3 on 10

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