Producer- Bhasker Tiwari
Director-Prabhakar Meena Bhaskar Pant
Star Cast-Abhimanyu Singh, Sharib Hashmi, Anjali Patil, Girish Sahdev, Mazher Sayed and Vishal Sharma
Genre- Psychological Horror
Edgy and Intelligent!
At the outset, I’d salute the filmmaker and say that this film is an ode to Hitchcock’s Psycho and Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. My Client’s Wife is interestingly a grey film marked by consistently arresting performances by its lead characters. The plot starts on a promising note with Raghuram (Abhimanyu Singh) being arrested for half murder of his wife Sindoora Singh (Anjali Patil).
From then onwards, the film revolves around Manas Verma (Sharib Hashmi), a lawyer who is defending Raghuram Singh (Abhimanyu Singh) .However, Raghuram claims that he is being framed. To get to the bottom of the matter, Verma starts investigating the case further and finds that not everything is the way that it looks. When Raghuram’s lawyer Manas Verma meets Raghuram, he gets cryptic replies where Raghuram accuses his wife Sindoora of framing him and without revealing the bizarre plot, I can only say that Manas sets out to find the truth by visiting Sindoora and cobwebs arise in a murky maze of love, lust, faith and betrayal
Anjali Patil is able to create a mystery around her and makes an impression in a complex, complicated and difficult role and proves that she is a terrific talent, though it is difficult to imagine her as a sexy and seductive siren while Sharib Hashmi is fantastic and the life of the film, though his layered character reminds you of his earlier character in Vodka Dairies.
Abhimanyu Singh as Sindoora’s husband adds to the tension and mystery whenever he appears on screen and in comparison to both Sharib and Anjali, though he is handicapped by the fact that he does not have a role worth mentioning but nevertheless does his best to impress the viewers with his performance. Vishal Sharma peppers his character with a lot of mysterious dimensions while Girish Sahdev lends to his role a rare dignity as a cop who sets out to unravel the mystery behind the haunted house. Mazher Sayed is good in his small but important role as the guy from the cable network, who enters the house when Sindoora Singh’s husband is not there at home.
The pace is a little bit slow but then it is to the credit of the director who is actually making his debut with this film that as a layman you are compelled to sit on your seat and remain glued to the edge of your seat when the proceedings start unfurling, at times startling you all of a sudden. The only problem is that the small film is peopled by far too many characters including the character of the old bald cook who is staying in the outhouse but does not contribute even a wee bit to the proceedings of the plot.
To sum up, it is a film which sets out to address the issue of role play disorder and is a taut, edgy and intelligent film which will remind you a lot of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon and is meant for the intelligent audiences and not for the layman, who will be disappointed because there are no songs or fights or romantic interludes to keep them riveted to the screen on ShemarooMe Box Office.