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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Raincoat (2004)

A simple title for a powerful film about two past lovers spending a rainy afternoon together. They share lies and half-truths and paradoxically, through a mingling of misdirection and symbolism, reveal more about their inner-feelings than even they’re aware of. It’s adapted from O Henry’s The Gift of the Magi (1906) short story, but even familiarity doesn't weaken it.
Ajay Devgn takes the idea of a broken man with a wounded heart and uses it as motivation for his every action. Aishwarya’s role is one that’s equal parts active and reactive, using one as a mask to hide the other. She allows the finely-drawn subtleties of her character to work their secret magic at the expense of her usual luminosity. Both actors are excellent. TV star Mouli Ganguly also impresses in a secondary, supportive role.

4½ unseen securities out of 5

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