Ahista Ahista (2006)
Name: Ahista Ahista (Gradually, Slowly)
Director: Shivam Nair
Did I watch this recently? No
Ankush (Abhay Deol) is aimless but friendly, making his living by acting as a witness in Delhi’s marriage bureau. One day while working he comes across Megha (Soha Ali Khan) who has run away from her home in Nainital to get married. However when her lover doesn’t turn up, Ankush helps her find a place to stay and eventually to get a job. As time passes she realises there is more to life than having a boyfriend and getting married. But as everything seems to be falling in place for Megha and Ankush, Dheeraj (Megha’s ex-fiance’) returns.
Shivam Nair (director of Ahista Ahista) makes his directorial debut with the film ‘Ahista Ahista’ but is no stranger to directing with 12 years experience in television. Nair has directed thrillers, supernaturals and adventures but never a movie based on relationships and unfortunately his weakness shows in his movie.
Like the title suggests, the movie is very slow. Rather then being plot driven, the movie is largely character driven. So really not much happens in the 2 hours that I watched the film for. But I can still enjoy relationship based films. Rituparno Ghosh’s film ‘Raincoat’ starring Aishwarya Rai & Ajay Devgan is another example of a relationship based film, where the interest of the film lays in the character interactions. Raincoat was a slow moving film that kept my attention, Ahista Ahista is a slow moving film that really made me keep looking at my watch for when its going to end.
Abhay’s character of Ankush is utterly adorable, just like Abhay. Abhay stood out and was the only really enjoyable aspect of Ahista Ahista. Soha’s subtle acting is a nice change from the normal hysterical actresses performances but her beautiful performance is stiffled by her character. Megha is a character that was relatively weak and two dimensional, there wasn’t much room for Soha to shine in this character. Dheeraj, played by Shayan Munshi, is extremely wooden and can not keep up to the standards of Abhay & Sohas acting. There is also little explanation or backstory to Dheeraj & Megha’s relationship, which ultimately affects how you feel about sections of the movie. A little more explanation into the backstory might have made me more connected or involved in their storyline.
The music is largely weak and forgettable. Ahista Ahista’s title track and the qawwali ‘Allah Kare’ are the only notable mentions of the soundtrack.
The biggest let down for me is the ending. It is such an awful, disappointing ending that it totally ruined the movie for me. The ending is not justified or explained well so when you get it, it will leave you either heartbroken or totally angry.
So the positive aspects of this film? Abhay Deol & Soha Ali Khan together make a very cute couple, there are scenes that are really sweet and you start to really enjoy Ahista Ahista. Considering it is a relationship based drama, it really helps that the relationship is so adorable. The main driver of this film is Ankush’s journey from being an unfocused man with no ambition in life then through the help of Megha realises he can be better then he is. In this way it was nice to see this journey of Ankushs, but unfortunately the ending doesn’t endure his positive transformation.
Overall Score: 2/5 Hairy Anil Kapoors – Not a bad film, but the inability of the movie to keep the viewer interested and engaged ultimately effects the viewing pleasure of observing this relationship based movie. The weakness of the ending is also a major downfall of this movie. Best thing about this movie is without a doubt the adorable Abhay Deol.