Just when you think that Manisha Koirala canâ€™t sink lower, she stars in one of the most pathetic films in recent times. Its safe to say that Chaahat - Ek Nasha is the worst film of 2005, so far. The year has just begun, and itâ€™s a shame that people invested money in such an awful script.
So we have a pop sensation, Mallika Arora (Manisha Koirala) who has everything. She has fans in the form of another singer, Rashmi Jaitley (Preeti Jhangiani), a lover/boyfriend/music magnate Rahul Kapoor (Aryan Vaid), and a secret admirer in the form of her bodyguard, Jaidev (Sharad Kapoor).
Rahul and Mallika share an intimate relationship. Rahul is a serious guy, who actually wants to commit to his love, but Mallika refuses because she thinks marriage is nonsense. So, life continues . . . Rahul uses a new face, Rashmi, in his music video, and she becomes a sensation. Poor Mallikaâ€™s career begins to fade away.
Rashmi and Rahulâ€™s love blossoms and Mallika becomes enraged, due to alcohol and orders Jaidev to kill Rahul. The next morning, Mallika tries to undo her command. What happens next? Man, you donâ€™t even want to know, I was hoping there would be a mass murder and all the characters were eliminated.
The story is really about a singer who becomes nothing but a â€śhas-been starâ€ť. Was this film a reflection of Manishaâ€™s career? Whatever happened to the sweet girl in Saudagar and 1942: A love story? Where are those acting skills she displayed in Khamoshi and Agnisakshi? Is this the same actress who won an award for Company, 3 years ago? Its shocking, that Manisha used to be a fine actress, but she has become the female MITHUN. Remember when he used to act in all those stupid Z-grade films? Well, if she is trying to accomplish this, sheâ€™s not far off.
As for Aryan Vaid, he is not appealing or charming as Rahul. Preeti Jhangiani has only acted well in one film: Mohabbatein. If she feels she needs to work as a sleaze artist, then I doubt sheâ€™ll make it far. Sharad Kapoor is wasted in his role.
I donâ€™t know what the director was thinking when making this film, but there is nothing worth remembering. The movie, being based on singers, shouldâ€™ve had a strong soundtrack, but alas, no success in that department either; it has perhaps 1-2 songs that will appeal to viewers, but thatâ€™s all.
Overall, avoid at all costs, not unless you are still a Manisha Koirala fan.