The cast and crew
Banner : A White Feather Films
Presenter : Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd., Sanjay Dutt
Producers : Sanjay Gupta, Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor
Director : Hansal Mehta
Cast : Sikandar Kher, Neha Uberoi, Arbaaz Khan, Sanjay Dutt,
Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover
Music : Anu Malik, Aryans
Lyrics : Virag Misra, Aryans
Dialogues : Milap Zaveri
Story : S Farhan
Screenplay : Sanjay Gupta, Rajiv Gopal, S Farhan
Cinematographer : Vikash Nowlakha, Mahesh Aney
Editor : Bunty Nagi
The film is about swiftly changing moralities in today’s world told in the genre of crime thrillers.
A successful businessman’s stunning wife disappears and he lands up with hostile and taunting ransom demands. As the true nature of stakes for the captor and his captives unfold, Woodstock Villa lithely transforms from a precision neo noir into a chilling and shocking thriller, and ultimately into a vivid, invigorating, icy masterpiece of murder, mystery and suspense.
Neither pleading eyes nor bound wrists nor a shallow grave are what they seem, as a moment of relief is suddenly transformed into a web of deceit, and a moment of truth is followed by a sudden web of lies. Unsettling, thrilling, hallucinatory, suspenseful and erotic,
There is a new kid on the bollywood block. Sikandar Kher, son of Anupam Kher and Kirran Kher, debuts in Woodstock Villa, as a young man drifting with circumstances, with a knack of getting caught in troubles. He performs well, has poise and screen presence. Neha Uberoi is more than adequate within the limitations of her character. Arbaaz Khan, as the cunning businessman, is suave and performs with a clinical precision.
Gulshan Grover and Shakti Kapoor, as usual, do justice to their cameos. Sanjay Dutt’s item number is quite entertaining.
All said and done, this film is a show case for the debutants Sikandar and Neha.
The screenplay for any suspense thriller has to be taut and terse. Woodstock Villa has a very good screenplay. The narration is fast paced, with judicious stops for twists. The camera captures well the dark moods, the darker side of life and the fleeting chases of screeching tyres. The editing enhances the thrills and suspense part of the narration. The music is good and the background score is adequate. The dialogues are crisp.
Overall, the work of Hansal Mehta adds to the increasing number of films belonging to the crime-thriller genre.
If you are a fan of James Hadley Chase, then this slick and stylish crime thriller film will definitely feed your appetite for suspense. Woodstock Villa is contemporary entertainment that breaks new ground with every twist.
2.75 out of 5