Banner: Pritish Nandy Communications Ltd.
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Aishwarya Rai, Zayed Khan
Direction: Leena Bajaj
Shabd is a thriller based on a writer and his work. Shabd revolves around Shaukat (Sanjay Dutt), a talented novelist whose last book fails to entice his fellow readers. So to add authencity to his work, he decides to write a story based on the goings-on in his real life. It all begins when his wife, Antara (Aishwarya Rai), meets Yash (Zayed Khan), who persuades her to have an affair. Deeply in love with her husband, Antara shows no inclination towards him until her husband Shaukat asks her to indulge in a relationship. This will help him write his new book where he will incorporate Antara and Yash's goings on into his story. So he gives instructions on how Antara should behave with Yash. But what Shaukat doesn't realize is the fact that Antara has already been enticed by this young man. And then comes the twist in his story that he hadn't anticipated. He then realizes that he was wrong. But by the time he tries to change the direction in which his novel (and also his real life) are heading, is it too late? The story is the drawback of the film. Noone will agree to the idea of a man allowing his wife to have an affair with another man for a story. Performance wise Sanjay Dutt has carried the film entirely on his able shoulders. He has given a wonderful performance. Aishwarya looks stunning but doesn't deliver much. The sexual chemistry between Aishwarya and Sanjay Dutt works a lot and ends up being a strong point. Zayed Khan doesn't fit the role he plays. Overall the film is not too entertaining.