EK ANJAAN RISHTEY KA GUILT
Producers: Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan and Zeba Sajid
Director: Rajesh Khajuria
Cast: Rahat Kazmi, Sara Khan, Fezan Khan, Saki Shah, Jozi Khan and Kusum Tickoo
Streaming on: ShemarooMe
By Jyothi Venkatesh
The plot revolves around the pretty and dainty damsel Saru (Sara Khan) who comes to stay in a royal house in Kashmir after she is married to a police officer named Pratap Singh Wazir (Rahat Kazmi). Pratap’s elder sister Kamini is a big support to both Pratap as well as Saru after their mother’s death. What however, comes in the way of their marital bliss is Pratap’s impotency, which creates a psychological as well as physical rift between Saru and him, right on the first night of the bridal couple, owing to which Saru finds herself seeking solace inadvertently in the cozy company of Pratap’s childhood friend Sunil (Fezan Khan), especially after Pratap starts ignoring and neglecting Saru as his male ego is hurt very badly by his own impotency
The doomed love affair between Sara and Sunil ends up slowly creating a big conflict in all the three people’s lives, when Sara realizes that she is going to be the mother of a child born out of wedlock with her and Sunil. Interestingly, the wife has no feeling of guilt for the child and the conflict becomes more complex when husband gets to know about the child. What happens further when everyone realizes the truth and Sunil also comes back on the scene to claim Saru and his child through her forms the crux of the complicated plot.
As far as performances go, I should concede that like in every other film in which he has acted, Rahat Kazmi is one actor who beautifully blends in all intricate emotions with effortless ease and proves that he is actor of merit while Sara Khan takes the cake as the wife in distress who finds herself slowly getting attracted in her husband’s friend’s arms, when she realizes that her husband is impotent.
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Whether it is as a newlywed bride who is coyly waiting for her husband to come to the room for their first night it whether it is as an yearning unsatisfied bride who foists herself on her husband’s friend by actually seducing him, Sara gives a first rate performance. It is for the first time that we get to see her indulging in a passionate lip to lip kiss with both the actors that too uninhibitedly. Fezan Khan is just about average in the role of the friend who literally ‘rises’ to the occasion attracted by his friend’s wife when her husband leaves the house to fulfill his duties as a cop.
To sum up, though there is absolutely no novelty in the predictable plot, about an extra marital relationship and guilt, it nevertheless continues to engross you with its simplicity and the credit ought to go to Rajesh Khajuria who has not only written the story and the screenplay but also directed the complex love story besides directing it with aesthetics. Ashh. K’s music is brilliant as it succeeds in bringing to the fore the moral ethos in the quaint Kashmir royal household. Watch it in the OTT ShemarooMe.