FATAL ATTRACTION ( At the Box Office )

A one night stand in Mauritius leads to a dead body in India. Sufficient ingredients for an exciting thriller but director Aruna Raje fumbles in telling her lurid tale. If the antics of a younger man being obsessed with an older woman are half-baked, they turn utterly chaotic after the murder takes place.

By Sudha Mukerjee

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Published: Sat 28 Feb 2004, 2:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:37 AM


(At Plaza Cinema and other theatres in the UAE)

And finally when the killer is revealed, not only does it come as an anti-climax, it is actually funny.

While waiting for her husband Vinod Gupta (Rajat Kapoor) to join her in Mauritius to celebrate their wedding anniversary, Kamini (Manisha Koirala) meets Jatin (Karan Nath), a fashion photographer. One thing leads to another and it is a tense and guilty Kamini who greets her unsuspecting husband when he arrives. It isn't long before Jatin begins to pester Kamini. Back home in India, he finds excuses to visit her. To make matters worse, Kamini's teenage daughter (who looks as old as her screen mum) takes a fancy to him. Jatin soon issues an ultimatum: if Kamini does not come to him, he will seduce her daughter. Next: A corpse turns up and the police come a-calling.

The performances are uniformly weak. The once stunning Manisha Koirala is a shadow of her former self. Looking tired and drawn, Manisha snivels and shouts in turn but fails to evoke any sympathy for her plight. Karan Nath is unimpressive as the besotted lover while Rajat Kapoor looks lost and confused. Netanya Singh, as Karan Nath's girlfriend, provides the bimbo element. Bobby Darling, as Karan Nath's assistant, is callowness personified. Aman Verma, as the police officer in charge of the murder investigation, seems unsure whether he should play the part straight or with a humorous touch.

Directed by Aruna Raje (whose credits include Shaque and Rihaee), Tum? suffers from an unconvincing plot and unimaginative direction. Manisha Koirala and her family look mismatched and are awkward with each other. Thanks to the inept performances, serious scenes end up looking comical.

At a running time of two hours and 10 minutes, the abbreviated length is the best thing about the film. Inspired by the Hollywood thriller Unfaithful (2002), Tum? is a story of obsessive love and adultery that suddenly decides to turn into a murder mystery. Nothing in here that merits a look.

Rating: *

Starring: Manisha Koirala, Karan Nath, Rajat Kapoor etc

Music: Himesh Reshammiya

Story, Screenplay, Editing & Direction: Aruna Raje

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