At the point when Onir directs a film, some questionable characters are definitely an indispensable piece of his story. His most recent offering Shab manages such dark and complex characters based out of the hustle clamor in Delhi.
An ambitious model from a small town Dhanaulti, Mohan as Afzar (Ashish Bisht) comes to Delhi for an audition. He meets Sonal Modi (Raveena Tandon), a rich and reckless wife of a famous industrialist Vivek Modi (Sanjay Suri) who at first rejects Mohan on the ramp however later uses him sexually by offering him cash. He acknowledges her in each conceivable way.
Mohan by chance meets Raina (Arpita Chatterjee) who loves her French neighbor Benoit (Simon Franey) secretly and falls to her, however destiny was not the same. Benoit steadily falls for Raina; however it is too late. Neil (Areesz Gaanji), a dear companion of Raina, is managing his current heartbreak.
The great piece of the film is its characters which are relatable. Director Onir ensures that he portrays them near reality. Known for making complex and intense stories on same-sex connections, Shab likewise has such characters, yet this time they all are candidly disengaged.
Like his past movies as am I Am, My Brother Nikhil and Bas Ek Pal, Onir couldn’t make a similar magic with Shab. The script of the film takes up a lower priority and makes the film barely watchable.
The scenes in the film are unexpectedly fixed. The scene when Mohan tries to give away his gaudy looking shirt is unimportant. Sonal utilizes Mohan for her sexual goals, yet her desire or perhaps fascism towards him after he falls for Raina is inapplicable, that as well when she is physically required with another toy boy in the meantime.
In the direction of the peak, when a nearby fashion designer friend exposes around Sonal’s affirmed relationship with Mohan to her husband Vivek, his contempt towards her is injustified since he too has had an extra-marital affair. In a meeting with DC, Onir uncovered that his companions around him inspired him to make this film.
Shab is somewhat of A Life in a Metro, Fashion and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, yet in the meantime, Onir can’t be blamed for composing this film 17 years back. With the runtime of 108 minutes, the primary half goes off marginally well; however the film loses its hold post interval story, just to again lift the pace up towards the counter climactic conclusion.
Overflowing butts, chiselled body and a chocolaty confront, debutante Ashish Bisht has everything to charm you, yet his act isn’t much engaging. In spite of the fact that he gets enough time on screen to demonstrate his performance, he falls flat. Raveena is good in this exhausting film however in odds and ends.
Shab is a dark, haunting film about human feelings, connections, love and betrayal that flourish in a somewhat pioneering and materialistic time of Delhi’s world class society.