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December 15, 2006

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Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 7:41 pm

December 15, 2006

Cast: Sohail Khan, Sneha Ullal, Puneet Issar, Inder Kumar

Director: Abhishek Kapoor

Debutant director Abhishek Kapoor’s Aryan stars Sohail Khan as a college boxing champion who must sacrifice his promising sports career when he gets his girlfriend Sneha Ullal pregnant. The couple is married, they have a son, the first few years of marriage go by smoothly… But when Sohail loses his job and it’s upto his wife to bring home the pay-cheque, their marriage starts falling apart. Eventually Sohail must return to the ring and vanquish an old rival in order to win back his own self-esteem and his wife’s love and faith.

From the very word go, Aryan comes off looking like a home video because it’s made so amateurishly. Its biggest flaw is undoubtedly its wafer-thin plot which seems like something straight out of the reject pile of a scriptwriting class.

What is truly annoying about this film is the director’s obvious disregard for the audience’s intelligence. Actors go through their scenes as if they’re sleepwalking, and casting Sneha Ullal as the mother of a five year old boy seems like a bit much specially since the young lady doesn’t look a day over sixteen herself.

That’s a thumbs down for Abhishek Kapoor’s Aryan. It’s a dull story that’s told without either style or logic. Why would you want to waste your time on this one?

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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