Trapped in the past

Jashnn (Romantic drama)

Cast: Adhyayan Suman, Anjana Sukhani, Shahana Goswami and Humayan Saeed

Director: Raksha Mistry and Hasnain S Hyderabadwala

Being screened at Kumari Cinema

KATHMANDU: A young talented musician Akash (Adhyayan Suman) hopes to make it big in the music world with his superb singing capabilities. He and his friends regularly play at a bar, but nothing more is happening. He lives with his elder sister Nisha (Shahana Goswami), who due to financial constraints, relies on rich businessman Aman (Humayan Saeed) and is reduced to living life as his mistress.

Then one fine day Adhyayan sees a girl Sara (Anjana Sukhani) and instantly falls in love with her, while the girl also easily reciprocates his feelings. However, Sara turns out to be Aman’s sister, and so the big brother abuses Akash accusing him of using his sister for money. This leads to a huge fight between them, as well as Nisha and Akash too. Akash is brought face to face with the harsh realities of life and his own worthlessness. He then decides to prove himself, but the journey is not that easy.

This movie by Raksha Mistry and Hasnain S Hyderabadwala begins on a promising note. There are some scenes between Adhayayan, Shahana and Humayan that are really gripping and emotional. However, it is the romantic angle that is a bit too difficult to digest — one date and the lead pair are so in love that the girl leaves behind a posh life to come live with someone who has nothing. This is a bit unconvincing.

And of all the jobs why would a qualified man opt to clean toilets in hotels, and why would a girl back from US find work only in a call centre? Yet they live really comfortable lives — this is something to ponder upon.

The movie has many other such typical ‘Hindi film’ scenes that makes it lose its gravity.

The cinematography is quite good, even simple scenes have been captured interestingly.

Adhyayan Suman is okay, somehow his too sad and teary look seems a bit overdone, which he uses to emote almost any feeling. Anjani Sukhani is a pretty face and too dolled up for some of the sad circumstances. Acting-wise she is not that impressive. It is the supporting actors who steal the show. Shahana Goswami has given an outstanding performance and lights up the screen every time she is in the frame. Humayan Saeed is admirable too.

The songs have a soulful tune but after a few

numbers, they sound quite repetitive.