Movie poster for Nishabd
|Directed by||Ram Gopal Verma|
|Produced by||Ram Gopal Verma|
|Music by||Vishal Bhardwaj|
Nishabd (Devnagari: निशब्द, meaning without words) is a 2007 Bollywood drama film directed by Ram Gopal Varma, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jiah Khan. The story of the movie is loosely based on 1999 Academy Award winning movie American Beauty.
The film opens with young Ritu (Shradha Arya) bringing her friend Jia (Jiah Khan) to spend the holidays with her at her home in Kerala. Ritu's parents Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Amrita (Revathi) have a beautiful home surrounded by picture-perfect surroundings. Vijay is a photographer and Amrita is a homemaker.
Jia's mother lives alone in Australia (Jia's parents are divorced), and she studies in India. She is a free-spirited teenager with no attachments and no worries. She professes some affinity to Vijay, but it doesn't go much further than that. But Vijay's world is turned upside down when he takes pictures of Jia watering herself down with the garden hose. Something innocent grows into something bigger, and something bigger grows into something beyond control.
Jia's world collides with Vijay's causing three casualties. Ritu witnesses an intimate moment between Vijay and Jia and tries to get Jia out of the house without revealing the truth to her mother but fails. Around this time, Amrita's brother Shridhar (Nassar) visits them. Through a sequence of events, he uncovers the disturbing truth about Jia and Vijay. Shridhar questions Vijay and realises that things are serious between Jia and him.Vijay confesses his love for Jia to Amrita, leaving her shattered. That was nominated for Oscar
- Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay
- Jiah Khan as Jia
- Revathi as Amritha
- Nassar as Shridhar
- Aftab Shivdasani as Rishi
The film was shot in 20 days. The movie was shot at Munnar in Kerala. The claim that it was inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita was denied by Amitabh Bachchan in the CNN IBN TV show Unspoken relationships - Nishabd special (3 March 2007).
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. Praise has been given to the performances of the lead actors, however the plot and script have been subject to criticism.
Awards and nominations
Khan was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut in 2007 for her performance in Nishabd
- "A blog post by the film's A.D". PassionForCinema.com. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
- "Star-struck in Munnar". The Hindu : Metro Plus Kochi. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- Nishabd at the Internet Movie Database
- Movie Review: Nishabd at DelhiPlanet.com
- Ram Gopal Varma blogs about the movie.