8 x 10 Tasveer Hindi Movie Review
Nagesh Kukunoor suspense thriller takes viewers on a sojourn abroad amidst picturesque locations.
Jai (Akshay Kumar), an environment activist manages his own company that works towards a better environment. Interestingly he is endowed with a supernatural powers whereby he can look into the past of an individual. All he needs is a picture of the person. And using this powers he helps a few including a woman who her husband while they were trekking together.
But Jai does not see eye to eye with his father, (Benjamin Gilani). He does not approve of his father's business in partnership with his friends, Girish Karnad, Ananth Mahadevan and Rushad Rana. Sheela (Ayesha Takia) is his girl friend whom Jai will be marry soon.
Tragedy strikes the family when his father on a cruise succumbs to a heart attack and falls into the sea. But was it really an accident wonders police constable, Happi (Javed Jaffrey). He speaks about this to Jai, who brushes it away, until he picks a picture of his father and is transported by his super natural powers to the day of his father's death. And the quest for the killer begins.
It is a change to see Akshay Kumar in a different kind of a role after 'Singh is King,' and 'Welcome.' He performs well and his fans will love his stunt scenes. Ayesha Takia is good too. Sharmila Tagore however seems to make little effort with her emotions. Javed Jaffery lends the comic moments.
The story opens interestingly but the climax is a surprise turning the film into the run of the mill masala kind. The script falters and so does the viewer's attention. One is certainly disappointed with the director of Hyderabad Blues, Iqbal and Dor.
However making up for the shortcomings of the film is the cinematography. Stunning visuals show Nature at her very best. It is almost like a picture postcard coming alive. And technically well made.