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Producer: Evershine Films
Director: Karan Razdan
Starring: Meghna Naidu, Shawar Ali, Tarun Arora, Mukesh Tiwari
Music: Daboo Malik
Genre: Emotional
Recommended Audience: Adult
Film Released on: 19 March 2004
Reviewed by: Shruti Bhasin  - Rating: 5.5 / 10
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The latest fad of Bollywood is sexy thrillers, hence we have films like Tum?, Hawas, Murder, Masti, and other films to come (I’m sure) taking a subject as delicate as extramarital affairs.

In the 70s and 80s, we saw films where the man had an affair and most likely had a NAJAAYAZ child. Its novel to see that in Hawas, just like Murder, the woman is having the affair, rather than the man, because the passion is missing. Everyone has a sexual appettite and this is what is being portrayed in Hawas. Love is not necessary to have a sexual relationship, sometimes that thirst is a natural human feeling and need.

And so the story begins of a married couple: Raj (Shawar Ali) and Sapna (Meghna Naidu) living in Dubai. Raj is obsessed with moving to the USA so ignores his wife, which leads to her need for getting satisfaction.

One fine day, Sapna has a small accident and Ajay, a charming painter (Tarun Arora) helps her. On their very first encounter, one can view Sapna’s lack of passion in her eyes, for even Ajay remarks she needs colour in her life. She resists his charms on more than one occasion before falling into a physical relationship with him. Was she wrong? It depends. Sapna is stuck in a boring and unromantic marriage where she feels a need to be loved emotionally, as well as physically.

Raj begins to suspect his wife, when she tends to go out a lot and becomes distant, so he hires a detective to discover the truth. Raj is devastated of learning about the affair and decides to confront Ajay. In the process, he accidentally kills him. He confronts Sapna and asks for a divorce. At the same time, the police focus on making them both suspects for Ajay’s murder so they decide to flee the country. Do they make it out of the country? Do they get a divorce?

The film will shock many viewers with the steamy scenes, but that is the point. In this day and age, this film mocks the fact that if a man has an affair, he is claimed to be a LION, but if a woman has an affair, she is a whore or a bitch. The film is bold and you cannot help but watch this 2 hour film, just to see if Sapna has any remorse. There is always a reason for an affair to occur. Not one party is to blame if a relationship is failing. If we put ourselves in Sapna’s shoes, I think many women would confront their husbands to spice up their lives or even suggest marriage counselling in order to salvage any dignity remaining in the relationship.

To have need for HAWAS, is a natural human hunger and Meghna portrays her role with conviction. The drawback, and there are many, is that her make up and looks tend to come off as uneven in the film and Shawar Ali does not look as photogenic on screen. I must say that for debut roles, the performances by the leads are a little above average, however, their acting skills need improvement, especially in terms of dialogue delivery. Tarun Arora passes off the playboy act well. The cops, played by Mukesh Tiwari and Viveq Shauq, keep their accents well maintained and act well to their limited scope.

At times, you will feel as if you are seeing almost exact scenes from Murder with the same dialogue, but with different actors. The writer and director of the film, Karan Razdan, makes a decent attempt of a bold theme. The film is not without its flaws, but the director makes the plot move fast to keep the viewer’s attention and that is where the film succeeds most.

The one confusing plot of the film is that how did the cops know to question Sapna and/or Raj for the murder? This leaves the ending feeling incomplete.

Music by Daboo Malik is average and the pick of the lot is Teri Chahat Mein. The lyrics fit well with the theme of Hawas, making the songs passable.

Overall, watch Hawas as a time-pass film. But if you want to see a better quality product of a similar theme, check out Murder or rent the original Hollywood flick Unfaithful.

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