The writer of the disastrous Dus Kahaniyaan makes his directorial debut with the much-delayed Pankh produced by Sanjay Gupta. The film stars Maradona Rebello, Lelette Dubey, Ronit Roy, Bipasha Basu, Mahesh Manjrekar amongst others.
The film is about a young boy Jerry a.k.a Master Jai who is often cast as a girl in movies, when he was a kid. He even goes on to win a National Award for his performance. Problems though arise when Jerry reaches adolescence, notices physical changes and starts fantasizing about a popular actress Nandini (Bipasha Basu).
Frustrated and confused over his sexual identity, Jerry turns to alcohol and drug abuse. The test though comes when his mother makes him face the camera as a young grown-up man!
What works in Pankh (Positives)
- The few funny scenes, mostly those involving the inimitable Mahesh Manjrekar are fun to watch.
- Bipasha Basu looks quite attractive but franky has nothing much to do in Pankh.
- On debut Maradona Rebello carries off a difficult role with maturity, the actor certainly has potential.
- For those who like dark films with a different but interesting subject, you could give this a try.
Reasons to skip Pankh (Negatives)
- The film is confusing and at times hard to understand.
- The story, script and treatment holds limited appeal with the masala entertainment seeking audience of India.
- Some of the performances are terrible. Like those by Lilette Dubey and Ronit Roy.
- The film is painfully slow at most times.
- The music is nothing great.
Overall, Pankh is below average at best and should be a non-starter at the box office. Still keen on watching? Wait for the DVD.