A Naqaab trailer and song premiere is up on IndiaFM and I am underwhelmed. Music that I'm sure is supposed to sound haunting (and part of which I swear is also used in the early scenes of Main Hoon Na, I think when Naseeruddin is shot and Shahrukh responds in slow mo, or maybe during his funeral) plays while we see the reflection of a woman in a white wedding dress (Urvashi Sharma, I believe) in a puddle in front of a dilapidated building. Bobby Deol - sporting his much-mocked long, bedraggled hair* - says "I do," Akshaye says he does too, and then the bride says she doesn't. And the voiceover says "There is a lie behind every truth; there is a face behind every face."
What? That's not suspenseful or puzzling or intriguing, as you'd want a thriller to be; that's just stupid. Everyone wears a mask and no one is who s/he seems, or every person is related to or entangled with others. Either way, we've heard it before, and my reaction is "So what?" I don't know, it just doesn't seem very interesting despite every attempt to make it look so - furtive glances, a couple in bed, alcohol, a wedding, and hieroglyphics (you know that's going to be a mess) - maybe because we've already seen Akshaye and Bobby together in a "who is this person really" thriller by the same directors?
But I will say something nice: I like the title ("Veil"); it implies a bit of concealment and/or secrecy, both appropriate in a thriller, and if we're lucky it might even refer to the repeated image of the bride. Just last week I discovered that IndiaFM puts the literal English translation of Hindi titles on the "cast and crew" section of their entry for films, and I could not be more grateful.
* Akshaye's 'do isn't much better. Look in the stills. Also, I don't know if it's his hair or the clothes or some sort of by-product of the aging process, but he seems to be losing his neck. It's really odd.