Nishabd tells the story of a unsual intimate relationship between a 60 year old man and a 18 year old girl.
Amitabh Bachchan (Vijay) is a wildlife photographer living with his family in a hill station. His daughters friend, Jiah (Jiah Khan) comes over to spend her holidays with the family. The lensman’s artistic vision is triggered off when he sees Jiah’s youthful activities and starts capturing them in his camera. But the rather harmless photosession takes a unpredicatble turn when Amitabh sees Jiah playing in water all drenched up. Instantly his feelings towards her changes. He begins to love her.
This attraction of an old man and a young girl is not one-sided as Jiah too is obsessed with him and confesses her love. All hell breaks loose when his daughter sees her father romance her own friend.
Through Nishabd, Ram Gopal Verma tries to state that age has nothing to do with love. Its the body that ages and not the heart. Does he succeed? To a certain extent, he does.
Nishabd is a movie with a lot of shock value. The kiss and the confession of her love by Jiah just before the interval takes the movie to an all time high, which leaves you with great expectation from the second half. But sadly the second half doesnt quite match upto the brilliance of the first half of the movie. It looses track in the rather important second hour and ends abruptly.
RGV’s choice of the subject is laudable. He handles the unsual love story with a lot of maturity. But unfortunately he fails to keep up the interest level in the second half. There are no songs in the movie but the Nishabd theme is great, while the background score is good. Cinematography (Amit Roy) is brilliant. Munnar (a hill station in Kerala) has been shot beautifully.
Being India’s most respected superstar, it takes a lot of guts for Amitabh Bachchan to do a character such as this. How his fans would react to this role of his? As of now?’a mystery’. Performance wise, he emotes through the eyes and is brilliant yet again. Jiah Khan is hot, cute and acts well. A good debut. Shraddha Arya as Ritu (Amitabh’s daughter in the movie) is very good. Revaty is consistent throughout. Aftab Shivdasani has nothing to contribute in a guest appearance.
To sum things up, Nishabd is a good emotional movie with an engrossing first half. The movie has a few advantages. The unusual concept and Amitabh Bachchan’s presence in the film. What remains to be seen is, how the indian audience react to this odd love story.