Woh Lamhe(2006):"Good story effectively told, Memorable moments.Bhatt's final tribute to Parveen Babi."
What a superbly enacted drama about the entangled relationships between the personalities of the Indian film world, where everyone is out to use each other to climb the proverbial unsteady ladder to success.
Despite committed, endearing performances, "Woh Lamhe" directed by Mohit Suri and written by Shagufta Rafique, fails to captivate up to the potential offered by its premise. Loosely inspired by the life of 70's and 80's movie star Parveen Babi, the film explores a strained, passionate, and complex relationship between an egotistical, disturbed actress and a promising film director.
So, here it goes – In Woh Lamhe, Kangana Ranaut plays a superstar actress who at the peak of her career is falling apart because she’s suffering from schizophrenia.
It doesn’t help that her live-in boyfriend, a leading actor himself, is a heartless and abusive fellow who only makes her condition worse.
It’s around that time that she encounters struggling director Shiney Ahuja with whom she commits to do a film much against her boyfriend’s wishes, and after dishonoring an exclusive contract that she’s signed with another producer.
Shiney’s not really looking for a romance or any sort of relationship with his leading lady. He’s clear he wants to exploit this collaboration only to further his own career.
But Kangana, who finds a sensitive and caring companion in Shiney falls hopelessly in love with him.
It’s when she suffers a complete breakdown that Shiney acknowledges his own feelings for her and escapes with her to a friend’s home in Goa where he nurses her back to health.
Before long, however, the schizophrenia returns, and Kangana becomes a danger not only to her own life but also to the lives of others.
By the time their Goa hideout is discovered, Kangana has escaped.
It’s only three years later that she’s discovered, once again having made another attempt to take her own life.
This time though, it’s curtains.
Few films have choked me up the way Woh Lamhe did, and I’m going to attribute that to the fact that director Mohit Suri has created convincing and sympathetic characters out of his two leads.
It’s not an easy story to tell, but Suri handles it sensitively and almost never loses his grip on the narrative, except perhaps in the film’s second half, which becomes a tad indulgent.
As the woman at the heart of this story, Kangana Ranaut is remarkable.
But the star of the show, the film’s biggest strength is undoubtedly Shiney Ahuja who makes his presence felt in every single scene that he’s in.
Shiney has a camera comfort that is rare to find, and his performance is delectable to say the least.
These actors pump life into their roles and together with Pritam’s soothing score they make Woh Lamhe an experience that’s hard to forget.
I’m going to go with a thumbs up for director Mohit Suri’s Woh Lamhe. Remember to carry a handkerchief, or you’ll embarrass yourself with your tears.