The movie is a perfect example how well-intentioned ideas and themes can be sunk by lazy execution.
Rishi (Rajat Kapoor) and his wife Manu (Rituparna Sengupta) have come to the picturesque Sikkim. On one of their many sightseeing endeavors Rishi happens to see a Buddhist nun, Ani Maa, who looks exactly like his ex-wife. He finds the fact hard to digest simply because his ex-wife, Savitri (Antara Mali), has been dead for eighteen years now. Thanks to this chance encounter all of Rishi's repressed memories of a turbulent past start to unfurl causing him great emotional distress. Manu too feels helpless and her father (Gerson DeCunha), Rishi's former psychiatrist, also doesn't seem of much help. So will Rishi find out the true identity of the Buddhist Nun? Will he be ever bale to come to terms with his past? These are just a few questions the movie hopes to raise and answer but with such muddled handling you'll be left scratching your head wondering whats going on than appreciating the themes at play.
One of the biggest mistakes the movie makes is in choosing the language and some of the actors to speak it. Most of the movie is in English and the two ladies while maybe conversant in the language do not sound convincing. The unnecessarily convoluted dialogues do not help matters either; though Gerson DeCunha & Rajat Kapoor sound far more comfortable while speaking the language.
The movie's narrative isn't straightforward either and I see no reason for not keeping it in chronological order since the displacement of time zones doesn't really enhance the plot nor introduce any element of surprise. The central theme of letting go, be its one's past or love holds much potential however its only pretty late in the movie that the muddled narrative allows you to see it. The pacing of the movie is unbearably slow and with the broken narrative it creates a lot of confusion especially in the early parts of the movie.
The scenery of Sikkim is captured in its natural form and that's refreshing for once. The movie's dramatic quotient rises and falls periodically over the running length but adds little or no impact overall. The oddest bit about the movie was the circumstances of Savitri's death which happens in a bomb blast in Bosnia in 1992 during the Serb war while they are playing cricket and from what I could see she apparently picks up a bomb disguised as a cricket bomb! Now cricket isn't played over there, so did they design a special cricket-ball bomb for the Indian diplomat and his wife knowing the love Indians have for the game? Ridiculous to say the least and it could have been easily set elsewhere.
The performances overall from the entire cast are uniformly competent with language only being a hindrance for a few of them. Particular mention must be made of newcomer Yudene Zongtenpa as the bubbly young girl with Ani Maa.
Take my advice and skip this movie all together, though I feel a tinge of guilt saying this considering its directed by one of my all time favorites, Amol Palekar. Oh how the mighty fall, how the mighty fall!view less