The hot Maya Luthra (Chitrangada Singh) and handsome, Rahul Verma (Arjun Rampal) make a deadly pair. More so when they flirt with each other. She in a drunken swagger almost falls over him at the first meeting. He asks, “ jaan boojh kar gir rahi ho?” She shoots back, “kya pata.” Soon he is her boss and she, the talented eager to learn copywriter. Work meetings lead to late hours of working together in the bedroom amidst heavy flirting. The flirting somehow makes way to humiliation when she furiously brings him sandwiches and coke to him and he asks jokingly for condoms. Exchange of meaningful glances, holding the hand for lingering, long seconds, casual brush of the shoulders and sexual jokes acquire a new meaning as a game of power and politics creep into the boardroom . Soon Maya charges Rahul with sexual harassment.
Social worker, Deepti Naval presides over an indoor meeting for two days and hears both give their versions of their tumultuous relationship over 7 years of working together. The story (Manoj Tyagi) has plenty of promise but doesn’t quite go behind closed doors and cops out in a convenient ending.
The screenplay (Manoj Tyagi, Sudhir Misra) goes back and forth and has too many flashbacks within flashbacks, causing unnecessary drama and confusion. Dialogues (Manoj Tyagi, Sudhir Misra) are abrupt and deliberate with attempts at flippancy, with lines like “I was the fairness cream in her life” or “ I’m not saying, you are saying it, You’re not saying, I’m saying..you know what I’m saying.”
Director, Sudhir Misra has constantly attempted different and interesting subjects. The sam
e is true of Inkaar. However it begins and ends at the premise itself. Everything in the film is forced and contrived right from the ad agency backdrop, the sharp camera movements and rapid cuts. Drama and tension is attempted through on-the-nose dialogues delivered in unnatural, hysterical performances. Sexual and political dynamics are talked about but not explored fully.
Arjun Rampal remains restrained and controlled. Chitrangada Singh is not convincing in dramatic scenes. Deepti Naval does not have much character to define her but her presence itself makes a difference. So does Vipin Sharma as the loudmouth Gupta.
Music by Shantanu Moitra with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, remains the only plus, especially two songs.. “tere mere darmiyaan… Maine barf si kahi, shola ban tujhe mili...”
Inkaar in its superficiality, remains a bold subject with a banal treatment.