To do something different and simultaneously discuss a few dark and grim realities
of life is what most directors dream to do. Unfortunately, when a script with
the potential for that presents itself, most of them little idea of how to go
about it. This is exactly what has happened with Split Wide Open.
Laila Rouass plays an NRI who hosts a show 'Split Wide Open'. It is
a talk show about people, what they have to say and what they hide. The movie
revolves around this talk show and its guests. Assured of their secrecy, the
guests reveal the darker side of Mumbai. Everything from marital rape, incest
and pedophilia to bisexuality and homosexuality are mentioned, but never discussed.
And amongst all this is Rahul Bose, an abandoned kid who has grown up on the
harsh streets of the city. He is currently involved with the water mafia (you
get a bit confused here - apparantly, due to the water shortage, there actually
are goondas who control the water supply in Mumbai) and comes in contact with
Well, there begins a chemistry between the two that is both sexual and
professional, but in the entire scheme of things this wasn't necessary. The
movie ends rather shabbily and leaves you a bit bewildered as to what exactly
it was all about.
The movie diligently tries to portray the dark lives that the middle and the
upper classes of urban India are supposed to lead, but the sets are too bright
and the actors just do not fit the mould. They are either just too American
or just do not have the physical features to play these disturbed characters.
Rahul Bose has been wasted in the movie. It would be apt to say that this film
splits into aimless directions with too many wide gaps, and sadly just scratches
the surface without opening anything.