Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Shabana Azmi, Dia Mirza,
Arjun Rampal, Rishi Kapoor, Namrata Sirodkar, Satish
Kaushik, Diana Hayen, Rekha Rao
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar, Dagh,Monin, Shah Azimabadi,
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan,ISC.
Dialogue: Javed Sidiqui.
Art director: Sharmistha Roy.
Playback Singers: Asha Bhosle, Shaan, Sukhwinder
Singh, Sujata Bhattacharya, Vidya.
Choreography: Remo, Bhushan Lakandri.
Music Company: T Series.
Sound: Rakesh Ranjan.
Editing: A.Sreekar Prasad.
Producers: Seven Studio Picture Ltd In association
with The Culture Company.
release date: 5th December 2003
(Shabana Azmi) is a celebrity singer in her 50's. She
is very much career-oriented. Tehzeeb (Urmila) and Nazneen
(Dia Mirza) are her daughters. Tehzeeb marries Salim
(Arjun Rampal) against the wish of Rukhsana and leaves
home. Nazneen is mentally immature girl in her 20's
and Rukhsana sends her to mental hospital. Tehzeeb brings
Nazneen to her home and treats her very delicately with
lots of love.
this situation, Rukhsana wants to take a break and visit
her daughter Tehzeeb's house for a vacation. She has
not seen Tehzeeb since her marriage with Salim. When
Rukhsana visits Tehzeeb's house, the delicate relationship
strains as Rukhsana try to boss around as if Tehzeeb
and Nazneen were kids. Tehzeeb has lots of grudge against
Rukhsana for not giving the love when they were kids.
The entire film revolves around the duel between the
mother and daughter and climax is all about who wins
the battle of emotions!
Mantodkar is appropriate for the role of daughter
who is longing for mother's love. She is excellent in
confrontation scenes with Shabana Azmi. Shabana Azmi
is perfect as the leading lady who is misunderstood
by her daughter. Dia Mirza steals your hearts
with a performance that extracts sympathies from crowds.
She looks pretty lovely and innocent. Arjun Rampal
is wonderful as a compassionate man between four leading
ladies (Urmila Matondkar, Shabana Azmi, Dia Mirza &
Diana Hayen). He donned the role of an ideal man whom
every woman love have in her life. Diana Hayen
is hot as the temptress, but her crooked dialogue delivery
marred the expression. Rishi Kapoor played the
short role of a husband who is addicted to liquor. Namrata
Sirodkar did an item song.
This story is inspired by 1978 Swedish film 'Host
Sonaten'. It deals with the love/hate relationship between
a mother and daughter with individual thinking. This
relationship also has misunderstanding and prejudice.
Famous movie critic Khalid Mohamed directed this film.
He has chosen art format to narrate the story and you
end up watching story running between 4 characters for
95% of the time. When you have such a mean number of
characters, you need to narrate the story with lots
of mood capturing techniques. But the narration is so
flat that it fail to capture your attention most of
the times. How ever, director excelled a lot in elevating
few confrontation scenes between mother and daughter.
The director failed to explain why such an understanding
mother failed in raising their kids in a proper way.
Shabana Azmi is shown in negative shades in the first
half and her character turns positive as it approaches
climax. Another weak point in the story is portrayal
of Diana Hayden's role. She is shown as a seductress
in the beginning and towards climax they explained that
she did it all to get her lover back. This sounds pretty
ridiculous. There is no need to show Diana with such
skimpy cloths and suggestive gestures if all she wants
was to win her lover back by seducing Arjun Rampal.
Screenplay of the film is very slow and narration is
departments: Dialogues by Javed Sidiqui are apt.
Music by AR Rehman is plain. Cinematography by Santosh
Sivan is excellent. Editing by Srikar Prasad is adequate.
Art by Sharmishta Roy is OK.
Tehzeeb is an art film that explores the love/hate relationship
between a career-oriented mother and individualistic
daughter. Though it boasts of a potential storyline,
the director could not hold the attention of viewers
throughout the film because of the basic loopholes in
the storyline. There are quite a few brilliant scenes
between Shabana Azmi and Urmila. You may find it boring
to watch Tehzeeb on big screen. However, you may watch
it on DVD leisurely if you have inclination towards
these kind of art films.