Unlike wine the taste of which enhances with time, a film, which has
been long in making loses some of its allure. Grahan is no different.
Launched a good five years back, Grahan sort of lived up to its title,
what with, constant production and distribution problems, landing its
star producer Jackie Shroff in a financial soup.
However the eclipse finally clears as Grahan hits the marquee today.
Dealing with the sensitive issue of rape, Grahan offered ample scope and
possibilities. That, they remain unexplored is an altogether different
Parvati Shastri aka Paro (Manisha Koirala) is a bubbly and naïve lower
middle class girl, who supports her aged father and herself by giving
dance lessons. Tragedy strikes when she becomes a target of Chief
minister's lecherous son Sanju's (Prasad Purandhare) lust. To save his
skin, Sanju hands over his case to lawyers cum siblings Raghu
(Raghuvaran) and Jaggu (Jackie Shroff), on his sister Suneeta's (Anupama
Verma) insistence. Incidentally Jaggu and Suneeta happen to be lovers
As it turns out Jaggu, blinded by the belief that Sanju is innocent,
proves to the court that Paro is characterless.
Things take an ugly turn for Jaggu when he discovers the "real" truth.
Burdened with guilt, he decides to unearth the missing Paro and procure
justice for her.
Cut to the exotic locales of New Zealand (passed off as Mount Rose),
where he gets a schizophrenic and crazy Paro treated.
Does Paro become normal? Is Jaggu successful in nailing down Sanju? Will
Paro regain her lost esteem? For that you'll have to watch the movie
Not that you will miss anything earth shattering if you donít.
The film has too many loopholes to overlook.
Prime one being-badly etched characters. For example Paro's character
is so weird. Barring for simpering and stuttering she doesnít resist at
all when Sanju tries to get physical. In another shot, when she is with
Jaggu during her treatment, she just breaks into a seduction number.
Bathing in milk, et al. How the hell are you supposed to empathise with
such an inconsistent character? Also, who are they kidding when they try
to pass off Anupama Verma as the Chief minister, that too just because
her father, an ex-CM died. Apparently the makers are still living in the
The climax is even more confusing and ludicrous. The audiences are
misled into believing something which turns out to be something else
In the acting department, classic beauty Manisha Koirala comes up with a
sensitive performance. It may not be in the same league as Khamoshi or
Bombay, but she is simply marvelous in a heart wrenching courtroom scene
where she finally breaks down. It's her badly written role that lets her
Jackie Shroff is perfect as the subdued and controlled lawyer. Donít
expect him to mouth great one liners like Sunny Deol in Damini though.
Grahan has so many court room scenes, but it can't boast of a single
punchy line to its credit.
Débutante model turned actress Anupama Verma (voice dubbed by television
actress Grusha Kapoor) bags the meatiest part. Sadly, she doesnít
display the needed maturity and conviction to handle it.
One of the positive aspects of the film is its melodious music by Kartik
Raja. Kehte Hain Jisko Mohabbat and Aaj Main Khush Hoon in particular
Cinematography by S.Kumar is breathtaking. Looks wise, Grahan doesnít
give any sign of being a long-in-the-making project.
In a nutshell, Grahan misfires for the want of a tight script and