There's a flip side to almost everything. If
technological advancements have made life
simpler and easier, there's always a possibility
that someone could be misusing it to their
advantage. TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN CAMERA
looks at the issue of hidden cameras creating
havoc in people's lives.
The problem with TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN
CAMERA is that the moviegoers have watched a
similar theme a couple of months ago, in KALYUG.
Besides the concept that sounds similar, even
the basic plot -- of the lead man wanting to
expose those who made the blue film of his
sweetheart -- bears a striking similarity to the
Mohit Suri-directed Kunal Kemmu-Emraan Hashmi
That's one of the reasons why TEESRI AANKH - THE
HIDDEN CAMERA doesn't entice the viewer.
Another factor that goes against the film is
that the grip, so essential in a film like this,
is clearly missing. After a well-told twenty
minutes, TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN CAMERA
becomes one of those routine vendetta films that
we've witnessed time and again. The path the
narrative undertakes is akin to those countless
masala flicks that were popular in 1980s.
In a nutshell, TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN CAMERA
fails to deliver!
TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN CAMERA tells the story
of the plight of women who are trapped, used and
abused by the use of hidden cameras. It could be
planted anywhere and everywhere: Girl's hostel,
changing rooms of shopping malls, honeymoon
bedrooms of hotels and in the hands of anyone in
the form of a mobile phone.
Sudama [Mukesh Rishi], based in London, runs a
racket in India, trapping innocent women.
Sapna's [Neha Dhupia] fiancé Arjun Singh [Sunny
Deol], a cop, is already probing into this
racket and reaches London to nab him.
Dinesh [Mukesh Tiwari] and Dinesh [Murli
Sharma], Sudama's trusted lieutenants, have
trapped Sapna, who wants to break free. The
struggle attracts the attention of Ammu [Amisha
Patel], who witnesses Sapna being murdered.
The duo chases Ammu, the sole eye witness.
Ashish [Aashish Chowdhry] and Aarti [Aarti
Chhabria], Ammu's sister, reach to Ammu's rescue
at the nick of time. Meanwhile, Arjun is looking
for a clue to nab the gang and he gets to know
Arjun saves Ammu and together the duo busts the
porn film racket!
Despite a novel concept, which had scope for
experimentation, TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN
CAMERA falters because Harry Baweja [also
credited with the screenplay of the film] seeks
help of outdated and clichéd situations to move
the story forward.
Sample these: When Aarti Chhabria reaches the
scene of crime and saves Amisha from Mukesh
Tiwari's clutches, instead of calling the London
police, you see an Indian cop [Ayub Khan]
arriving on the scene. Why don't they call the
London police in the first place? Later, when
Sunny reaches Amisha's residence [how does he
manage the address so fast?], he is suddenly
attacked by Mukesh Rishi's henchmen [now, how do
they get the address?] and what follows are
bullets being sprayed like there's no tomorrow,
with one man [Sunny] taking on six/seven people
all by himself. The film gives an impression
that there's lawlessness in the city!
Much later, when Sunny eventually saves Amisha,
he gets into the flashback mode, which gets so
lengthy that you often wonder whatever happened
to the main plot? Also, the flashback relies on
the age-old concept of politicians [in this
case, it's a corporator] being responsible for
the anti-social activities. Even the climax is
completely hackneyed, with violence getting
precedence than logic.
Harry Baweja's direction isn't faulty, but his
script is. In fact, the screenplay is of
absolute convenience and abounds in cinematic
liberties. The script offers more scope to
action than anything else, but even the stunts
are the type that look so unrealistic, like
Sunny kicking a car and it [the car] flying in
the air or Sunny holding two speeding bikes with
There's not much scope for music in the
enterprise and barring the first track ['Titliyaan'],
the remaining songs look forced. Even the Jazzy
B track is wrongly placed. Cinematography is
inconsistent; at places fine, at times patchy.
Sunny is there from start to end [the end titles
say it's a guest appearance] and the film tries
to project him as an all-powerful guy, a role he
has essayed time and again. Hence, when he
breathes fire or venom, you aren't moved. Amisha
does a fair job, although she needs to control
her expressions at times. The bunch of villains
-- Mukesh Rishi, Ayub Khan, Mukesh Tiwari and
Murli Sharma -- are mechanical. Aashish Chowdhry
and Aarti Chhabria don't get much scope. Neha
Dhupia does her part well.
On the whole, TEESRI AANKH - THE HIDDEN CAMERA