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Hairdresser Xen (Rehaan Engineer) has had a gift since he stood in a soundproof recording-studio booth and watched his parents die (at the hands of bad Indian rap, it seems), and now he’s become a confidant and protector to his unknowing clientele. While Bombay socialites and poseurs gossip at his salon, the benign man cutting their hair hears their innermost thoughts. Xen’s power is inanely depicted (he stares into the distance and cuts in slow motion when his sixth sense takes charge), but writer-director Bose shows depth when he deals directly with Xen’s loneliness. The scenes that show him after-hours, as he gazes yearningly at the nightclub patrons across the street, are especially moving.

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