STORY: A London-based millionaire, deaf-mute, Surbhi (Tamannaah Bhatia) makes multiple enemies when she decides to use the property she inherits from her adoptive mother towards the betterment of kids living in an Indian orphanage.
REVIEW: After walking out of a torturous marriage back in India, Dev's (Prabhu Deva) mother settles down in London and adopts a baby girl there, who goes on to inherit her estate after her death. But, Dev is not happy about giving away what he thinks is rightfully his, and would stop at nothing until he exacts revenge from his adoptive sister.
The film starts with the promise to satiate our quench for thrillers that are/could have been at par with their international counterparts. But, 20 minutes into 'Khamoshi' and you already know that this movie is yet another classic example of predictable writing in the crime-thriller genre, coupled with some lackluster performances and an end that wraps up in a tearing hurry.
Barring a few shocking scenes and some conniving moves by the antagonist, there is hardly anything about 'Khamoshi' that catches your fancy or throws you off your seats.
Tamannah as the headstrong deaf-mute heiress to a multi-million estate is convincing but lacks the conviction of a terrorised girl, whose life is hanging by a thread. Prabhu Deva, too, has his moments as the tormented Dev, but that sense of fear in his piercing hazel (achieved with not-so-convincing contact lenses) eyes and pathos that his back story begins to evoke, fizzles out shortly after the first half.
As a thriller that's focussed on one dreadful night, 'Khamoshi' fails to hold your attention for too long and ends up being bit of a drag.
With reasonably good actors and a story that had the material to turn into something remarkable, director Chakri Toleti presents a half-baked broth of a thriller and underuses some of his underdeveloped characters played by Vikram Bhatt and Bhumika Chawla.
'Khamoshi' shines in the beginning but then it becomes ice-cold half way into its murky narrative.