8 x 10 Tasveer Hindi Movie Review
The highest expectations I have had from an Akshay Kumar film in more than 3 years. Reason? 8x10 Tasveer is a Nagesh Kukunoor directed film, who has directed classic films like Hyderabad Blues, Dor, and Iqbal..! Tasveer could prove to be a welcome change from those endless Akshay comedies. At least I was hoping... but what a disaster it turned out to be!
Jai (Akshay Kumar) is gifted with special sense, i.e. he can go inside the 8X10 Photograph and enter in the past. While his body remains at nausea state, his soul is busy re-discovering the past, when he is out of his nausea he always has a secret related to someone's past. His father was murdered, and one day he will witness the same seen from an 8X10 photograph... and then the revenge!
The concept / idea is great, but the script and the direction by Nagesh Kukunoor make Tasveer an extremely painful watch. When it comes to directing a super-natural suspense thriller, the key is to make a highly unrealistic concept believable. The second half is very hard to digest and the twist in the end, which was probably meant to shock the audience, is outright stupid.
And what's with the pace? Even with a few short naps in between you wouldn't miss out on much. The film is just about 2 hours long and yet feels longer than JP Dutta's LOC Kargil.
But there's hope. Probably the only reason you could watch Tasveer is due to the performance by the lead actor. Akki puts his heart and soul into the film and at times manages to rise way above the script. His expressions and dialogue delivery was fantastic. But it's so very disappointing to see Akshay try out something different and eventually being led down by a very talented director.
Ayesha Takia is fine. Javed Jaffrey is good. Sharmila Tagore and the rest try hard.
To sum up, Tasveer is boring, confusing and excruciatingly slow. Die-hard Akshay Kumar fans would love the stars performance but would be disappointed with the film.
Add Tasveer to the long list of terrible films in 2009.