Star Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Gauahar Khan, Caterina Murino, Gemma Atkinson, Ankita Mackwana and Victor Banerjee
Director: Rajeev Jhaveri
Producer: Ravi Agarwal, Mahesh Balekundri, Rajat Manjunath and Ajay Chabria
Claps For: Rajeev Khandelwal and Gemma Atkinson’s Performance, Terrific Storyline, Picturesque Location and Cinematography coupled with wonderful color grading!
Slaps For: Direction, Gauahar Khan, Stretched Screenplay and Romantic Melodrama
What’s New: Hollywood style suspense thriller, a rarity in Bollywood…well done!
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: A man who recently lost his memory sets out on a journey to get back his identity. All that he knows is his name and his profession-a contract killer. On his way to collect pieces that would help him complete the puzzle, he meets Kavya Choudhari and falls for her. The woman also offers him a hand to help him find out about himself.
However, hallucinations of a girl he murdered before losing his memory keep haunting him; only to realize that she is alive and her version of his identity is complete different from what he had been thinking it to be!
Performances: ‘Fever’ belongs to Rajeev Khandelwal! He is there from the first to the last scene; and steals the show with his act. He is suave and charming when required; and plays the man who is suffering due to memory loss, and gets constant hallucinations, with complete conviction.
Caterina Murino is completely wasted.
Was it the overdose of Gauahar Khan, or was it her overacting? It’s hard to say. But she truly is the weakest link and should rather stick to reality TV shows or do films where the melodrama doesn’t spoil the fun.
The only actress who does complete justice to her role is Gemma Atkinson. She is a complete delight to watch. Plus, Gemma and Rajeev make an adorable on-screen pair!
Direction: A roller-coaster ride filled with twists and turns, ‘Fever’ is Rajeev Jhaveri’s triumph as a story writer; but not as a director.
It is the presentation of the film that turns out to be a disappointment! The slow pace is a big turn off. Plus, every time the film starts moving ahead, there’s Gauahar Khan stepping in bringing along the doze of romantic melodrama which starts to irritate after a while. The storyline does demand romance between Gauahar and Khandelwal…lekin itna zyada?
Thanks to the weak narration, it doesn’t take much time to figure out who the real culprit is. Only thing you can do is wait for the movie to reveal the real reason behind it all.
Let’s be honest- if ‘Fever’ was directed properly, and director saab wouldn’t have fallen into the trap of pleasing the Indian audience with romantic melodrama, then this would have been a movie to remember!
Some even called ‘Fever’ an amalgamation of the Jason Bourne and James Bond series; but that has been wonderfully justified during the last act of the film. In fact, after knowing the reason- you would fall in love with the storyline even more!
The cinematography is awesome, thanks to the picturesque locations and the color grading which makes every scene look beautiful.
I recently read that ‘Fever’ would be remade in Italy and France, and if that truly is happening- then I am looking forward to those movies.
Combo-On-Offer: Suspense + Thriller + Romance
Verdict: We give ‘Fever’ CLAPS for its terrific storyline, wonderful performances by Khandelwal and Atkinson, and for making a genuine, though flawed, attempt at making a Hollywood style suspense-thriller!