This past weekend was a horror/thriller filmfeset. On Saturday, I re-watched the Korean horror classic, A Tale of Two Sisters. Then on Sunday, I watched 8x10 Tasveer. Just wanted to keep in the similar genre. Honestly, I did not hear anything about this film. There was not much publicity and promotion for it.
Jai (Akshay Kumar) has a gift, a special power. If a tasveer (photo) is given to him, he is able to to look at the it and become that person, at that place, at that time. He sees the world through that person's eyes who he enters into.
Having powers is great, right? It could be. But to use it because your father accidently died? Wait, a minute...what if he was murdered? Now, Jai must find the truth!
Akshay Kumar, aka Mr. Khiladi, is in a handful of movies yearly. Does this guy ever take a break? Sadly, with all these films, only a few are memorable. Regardless I think he's awesome. I'm not a huuuge fan of his but I do appreciate his work.
Jai loves his job. He works for the EPS (Environmental Protection Society). He also has powers that not a lot of people are aware of, or would ever believe
Since this film was low budget, I did not pay much attention the cast, except knowing that Akki was in the film. It was a pleasant surprise to see Ayesha in the film! I almost forgot she got married. Thought it was cute she used her marital surname as well :)
Sheila (Ayesha Takia Azmi) is Jai's girlfriend.
Jai keeps having this dream? What does it mean?
Why does Jai keep having these dreams? Must he find out what really happened to his father? It wasn't an "accident" like everyone claimed? Was he murdered? He keeps ending up at his parents' home.
Jatin Puri (Benjamin Gilani) is Jai's father who died on the boat.
Jatin and his business partners were drinking on the boat, Golmaal, when he died.
The last time Jatin was alive. The photograph of the business partners. Jai has to, no, he must enter the photo.
Savitri (Sharmila Tagore), Jai's mother, and one of the last ones to see her husband alive. She was the one who took the picture on the boat. Is she the murderer? Or any part of it?
Sundar (Anant Mahadevan) is one of the business partners and one of the last ones to see Jatin alive. Is he the murderer? Or any part of it?
Anil (Girish Karand) is one of the business partners and one of the last ones to see Jatin alive. Is he the murderer? Or any part of it?
Adit (Rushad Rana) is one of the business partners and one of the last ones to see Jatin alive. Is he the murderer? Or any part of it?
Doesn't he look like Saif, mix in with a little of Sharman Joshi? I looked at his filmography, he was in Super Star? I don't remember him at all.
Happibullah aka Happi, with an I (Javed Jaffrey). Ex-cop who believes that Jatin was murdered. Plus he has a special place for Jatin in his heart since Jatin took him in and helped him when he first came to Canada.
Jai must find the truth! It doesn't hurt to find out, right?
Even though the film had a full soundtrack, only one song made it in the movie. I'm glad it was only one and no more. In addition, it was only a background score.
"Kuchh Is Tarah"
Jai and Sheila, deeply in love
But there is the ending credit, which is also the promotional music video for the film. Song is by Bohemia, with Akki in a hip hop avatar who is looking really yummy.
Overall, I thought it was a very entertaining film that kept me wanting to know what will happen next. I watched it with a few friends and all of them enjoyed it. In addition, I converted a few more Bollywood watchers :)
Now, why isn't Akki given more props? Just because he doesn't play the same roles over and over like some of the other stars doesn't mean he has that star quality. I've always found him underrated. And I stand by that. Still. Mr. Khiladi deserves more than what he is given. Of course, like all stars, he has his share of films to stay away from. But in all, he has variety in his work.