There are worse films to sit through than â€śBewafaaâ€ť, I kept reminding myself as I groaned at every cheesy moment rolled out in Dharmesh Darshanâ€™s epic.
Grand houses, never-ending stairs, luxury cars combined with fake emotions and insincere acting form the make-up of â€śBewafaaâ€ť.
Kareena Kapoor is Anjali, a girl in Canada who is in love with Indian Raja (Akshay Kumar), an aspiring pop-star. Her first scene is when she is being woken up by her mother in the morning (just like countless other heroine introduction scenes in many films) and when you see Kareena getting out of bed with her hair and make-up perfect, you soon realise that what you are watching is a glamorous melodrama. In other words, there is going to be no semblance of realism here.
It seems like Raja lives on a boat because he is always there singing his romantic numbers and doing the naughty dance moves with Anjali. His orange goatee has obviously worked its charm because Anjali is smitten with him. Enter didi Aarti (Sushmita Sen) out of nowhere with a baby bump in tow. She is married to the â€śinvisible manâ€ť (Anil Kapoor as Aditya) who is a businessman (working for some â€śinvisible businessâ€ť). After Aarti has sung her song, it is time for her to die. And indeed she does kick the bucket right after she has given birth to twins (poor Sushmita doesnâ€™t even get a dying scene speech!).
Manoj Bajpai is the biggest disappointment in this soap opera. It is no secret that he is a talented actor yet his hammy acting is the main downfall of this movie. His main catchphrase is â€śyaaahoooâ€ť and his creepy sense of humour has every character in splits. Just what are they laughing at? Anil, especially, chortles away like there is no tomorrow. Maybe there is a button which Manoj presses that automatically makes Anil go â€śHa Ha Haâ€ť. Shamita Shetty as his wife fares little better as she also comes across as being completely loopy and dizzy (when she is meant to be intimidating).
As the main protagonist, Kareena Kapoor does justice to her role. She has become an expert at crying scenes and indeed she has plenty of those to chew her way through in here. Akshay Kumar doesnâ€™t bother with acting. He just says his lines and experiments with his hair. Sushmita Sen looks good and shows off her infectious giggle. Anil Kapoor is wasted, as all he seems to do is go to work and then come home. With such an interesting cast, only Dharmesh Darshan could waste most of their efforts. As for the remainder of the supporting artistes, Kabir Bedi and Nafisa Ali, they are just about bearable.
The film was promoted as being different because apparently it talks about adultery and whether adultery is ever right or wrong. This is just an old mink dressed in a new coat because â€śBewafaaâ€ť never tackles anything new or thought provoking. It skims over the issue. Kareena and Akshayâ€™s characters do meet up but they are not shown consummating their affair so whether adultery has been committed or not is a debatable argument. Essentially, the script belongs to the old school of thought and if you are familiar with the endings of all Dharmesh Darshan films, you can predict the outcome of â€śBewafaaâ€ť.
There certainly are worse films to sit through than â€śBewafaaâ€ť. The directorâ€™s previous â€śHaanâ€¦ Maine Bhi Pyar Kiyaâ€ť is one such example. But it is with â€śBewafaaâ€ť that you feel remorse at such a waste of talent and story potential.