Grand Media Corporation, Mother’s Eye Production and Mumtaz Vision’s Unforgettable is a love story based in the UAE. Anand Kumar (Iqbal Khan) is a rich man who is in love with Nisha (Hazel Crownee). However, his mother (Usha Bachani) does not approve of this liaison. In fact, she has finalised Anand’s marriage with Roshni in India. She leaves for India, taking a promise from her son that he would soon join her in India for the wedding. With a heavy heart, Anand agrees because he loves his mother very much and doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. His mother is a heart patient and any form of tension is life-threatening for her.
Anand is supposed to reach India on the day of his marriage to Roshni but he does not board the plane to India that day even though he reaches the airport. His mother has to be hospitalised when she learns that Anand hasn’t reached India for the marriage to be solemnised in a few hours. Almost immediately after hos pitalisation, she breathes her last.
Anand Kumar gets the news of his mother’s demise and he holds himself responsible for it. Unable to control his emotions, he meets with an accident with a speeding car outside the airport and loses his eyesight in it. The doctor tells his guardian, Munshi (Shahbaaz Khan), that Anand’s disability is more psychological than physical and that there was a remote chance of his eyesight being restored.
Anand, who is a recluse now as he had decided to sacrifice his love for Nisha, is coping up with life. One day, Tara (Alka Verma) enters his life. She wants to care for him till his eyesight is restored. At first, Anand is unwilling to accept her as his caretaker but soon, he gives in. Slowly but surely, Anand begins to get fond of Tara.
One day, Anand has a terrible fall and he gets back his eyesight. But Tara has left him. He frantically searches for her as he realises that he has fallen in love with her.
Does Anand locate Tara? Who is Tara? Does he express his love to her? Does Tara also love Anand? Do Anand and Tara marry? Or does Anand marry Nisha?
Arshad Yusuf Pathan has written a story which belongs to an era gone by. A son sacrificing his love for his mother’s happiness, a man getting back his lost eyesight merely because he falls down and injures his head, the slow pace of the love story, all these are reminiscent of cinema of the 1980s. Besides, it is not clear to the audience how a man’s loss of vision can be for purely psychological reasons. Pathan’s screenplay is written in a manner which makes the drama excruciatingly slow. Also, there is a suspense angle which does not gladden the heart when the suspense is revealed. In fact, the suspense revelation throws up questions for which the writer has not provided suitable answers. For instance, why does Tara want to look after Anand? After all, she has never met him or interacted with him. The angle of Tara’s husband looks out of place. What probably irritates the viewer the most is everybody’s indecisiveness about whom he/she wants to marry and would be happy with.
Since it is a love story, it is very necessary that the audience sympathises with the lovers. But in this drama, the viewers’ sympathy goes out to neither Anand nor Tara nor even Nisha. The angle of Nisha’s billionaire father (Kiran Kumar) looks like an unnecessary add-on. In the absence of heart-warming romance, the film had to have some good comedy, heart-touching emotions, interesting drama and the like to find some acceptance among the audience, but, unfortunately, it has none of them. The drama unfolds layer by layer as the viewer sits unaffected and unconcerned for the characters. Arshad Yusuf Pathan’s dialogues are fair.
Iqbal Khan does well as Anand. Alka Verma also performs ably in her debut film. She has an expressive faceand voice. Hazel Crownee is fairly nice as Nisha. Shahbaaz Khan is okay but suffers on account of the ill-defined character of Munshi. Usha Bachani makes her presence felt. Kiran Kumar is earnest in a tiny role. Sachin Khurana leaves a mark in the role of Sameer. Sam Khan (as Deven), Edward Heredia (as Jack), Rizwan Nasir (as the doctor) and the others do as desired.
Arshad Yusuf Pathan’s direction is good. Although the narrative pace is very slow, he has done a neat job as director. Sujeet Shetty’s music is melodious but the songs are not of the kind which today’s audience expects in a love story. Lyrics (Shaheen Iqbal, Sujeet Shetty for ‘Promises’, and Daragh Fitzgerald for ‘In your eyes’) are not of the kind which are easy on the lips. Song picturisations (Longines Fernandes) are routine. Riki Butland’s cinematography is the best part of the film, besides the heavenly foreign locations on which the film has been shot. Peter Caruso’s set designing is okay. Editing (Arshad Yusuf Pathan) is alright.
On the whole, Unforgettable is too slow and boring to make any impact whatsoever on the audience in spite of it being a visual delight. At the box-office, the film will turn out to be a hugely loss-making enterprise.