Fever, a thriller by Rajeev Jhaveri, sticks to its punch line ‘Be Suspensed’. The film begins with a few disclaimers in the beginning. One disclaimer explains the title i.e. Fever is an expression of inner rage. Another disclaimer explains the overall theme of the film i.e. the only animals hurt during the making of the film is frail egos. One more disclaimer is : Life is a combination of Facts and Fiction, which one starts when and which one ends when, it is difficult to make out. The film fever will leave you with the same feeling. Throughout the film, one can’t figure out when the fiction and facts get interspersed. Even the last scene would leave you in doubt. But probably, the film maker’s intention was the same to leave the audience – ‘Be suspensed’ and ‘Remain in Suspense’.
The film begins with Rajeev Khandelwal stranded on road, and sitting there absolutely shattered. He narrates his past with a girl. According to him, his ordeal started 15 days back, when he met with an accident. He was thrown out of the vehicle by Gauhar Khan. (I would come back to reveal the characters’ names played by Rajeev and Gauhar later in this review). Rajeev finds himself in a hospital, and realizes that he is suffering from memory loss. He is just able to recall that his name is Armin Salem and he is from Paris. From Dr. David Roy (Victor Banerjee), who was treating him, he learnt that Armin was taking the name of Rhea in his unconscious stage. Background song also tries to explain the journey of Rajeev’s character as a contract killer. Frames move to the scenes after the accident and his memory loss. In the hospital, he gets disturbed to see a girl Gauhar Khan, fights hard to remember that how he knows her, but fails to recall. After getting discharged from the hospital, he finds Gauhar staying nearby to his accommodation. Her sight itself disturbs him. Gauhar introduces her as Kaavya Choudhary. Armin often gets haunted with the sight of his murdering a girl. But he is unable to figure out who the girl was and why he ended up killing her. Armin is not sure of his identity. Sometimes he feels he is Karan. He is also shown as a writer.
The film does move further but leaving the audience in a struggling mode to figure out and differentiate facts and fiction. Rajeev’s character is Armin or Karan? What exactly Rajeev does – writing or contract killing? What is Gauhar’s relationship with Rajeev? Who are Rhea Wagnor (Gemma Atkinson, British TV Star) and Irina Caro (Caterina Murino, former James Bond Girl) in the films? How Rajeev’s character is linked to these two characters in the film?
Cast and Crew Details Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fever_(2016_film)
Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal (Armin Salem / Karan), Gauhar Khan (Kavya Chaoudhary / Pooja Warrior), Gemma Atkinson (Rhea Wagnor), Caterina Murino (Irina Caro), Victor Banerjee (Dr. David Roy), Ankita Makwana
Directed by: Rajeev Jhaveri
Produced by: Ravi Agarwal, Mahesh Balekundri, Rajat Manjunath, Ajay Chabria
Written by: Rajeev Jhaveri
Music by: Ranjit Barot, Tony Kakkar, Onesia Rithner, Shamir Tandon, Jacelyn Perry, Faizaan-Agnel, Rahul Jain, Rahut Bhatt, Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematography: Mujahid Raza
Edited by: Rajeev Jhaveri
Production Company: Niche Film Farm, Plus Entertainment Private Limited, ICM Entertainment Private Limited, Jaya Sapthagiri Productions
Release date: 5th August, 2016
Duration: 2 hours 08 minutes
Armin’s frustrations of not knowing self, fighting hard to remember one’s own identity is indeed very well projected by Rajiv. Gauhar could also add lot of mystery to her character, which was required by the plot. She justifies the role. Both Rajiv and Gauhar are good actors and look good on screen, but somewhere, this film is not able to bring out the best from these two actors.
The film does project the relationship going wrong. When love becomes obsession, love dies. It is important to give space in one’s relationship. The film is shot in beautiful Switzerland.
But I am still wondering why this film is titled as ‘Fever’. As the disclaimer defined it as an expression of inner rage, the film does have characters’ inner rage coming out. Somehow, this film does not appeal.
Fever sticks to its punch line ‘Be Suspensed’ and asks you to ‘Remain in Suspense’. The end leaves you disillusioned figuring out and distinguish between facts and fiction.
Rating : 2 / 5 (Average)