"Somewhere A Fear Of Love...Somewhere A Love Of Fear"
Once you read a tagline like this, you know that there is something special in this offering by director Vikram Bhatt. The man has proved over the years that he can make an action drama [Ghulam] with as much √©lan as a horror story [Raaz]; he has as much grip on comedy [Awara Paagal Dewwana] as an emotional drama [Ankahee].
And now he returns with a film that has been designed on the lines of French noir cinema, hence promising a truly international experience.
The film has everything that a viewer who is interested in watching the darker side of life and love is interested - it has elements of jealousy, deceit, hatred and obsession in as much dose as love.
And the three protagonists who are part of all this and more? Neel Oberoi [Aftab Shivdasani], Anahita [Celina Jaitley] and Ria [Amrita Arora]
They never knew that their lives would converge. But it happened. And when that happened, the unthinkable took place! There was fear, seduction, betrayal.....and a murder. A murder that changed everything around and made one think - was life ever meant to be easy? Or do we take life too simple...or complex! And what was love? Was it what we think of it? Or is that what we make it out to be? And again, is it just worth it?
Neel had a life that could be any young man's envy. With billion bucks in his pocket and a bachelor status to boost, he could have been the center of affection (and lust) for number of women. But would he be able to live up his life of dreams and fantasy? Well, he almost couldn't since the day he was diagnosed with a fatal heart ailment. With no hopes left about a long life ahead, he seemed to have lost it all, until one deadly crash made him meet Anahita!
And from then, Neel's life was never the same again.
Anahita was a woman that a fantasy was made of. Sexy, beautiful, gorgeous and boasting of tremendous grace, she was a woman who could be any man's dreams. But she had a past. A past that would trouble her forever. A lonely widow, it was an accident that had led her to a stage she was in. And now the very same crash made her meet her destiny - Neel.
And then there was the third most important protagonist in this story - Ria. She was sexy and flirtatious and to add to that, very mysterious. Who was she? Where had she come from? What were her intentions? And was it the case of 'what you see is what she actually is'? As Anahita's next friend, she was her anchor; a girl who wanted Anahita to start living her life with normalcy again.
But is that what she really wanted?
A dark love story that leads Neel into a dark alley of Anahita's past and Ria's mysteries, 'Red' is yet another film with the promise of a different subject to arrive in 2007, a year that has been a witness to number of exciting films since the arrival of 'Guru'. Will 'Red' carry on a great year forward? Come March 09 and we should have the answers.