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The film's female lead, Naina (Preity Zinta) narrates the story. Her father had committed suicide years ago which left a deep impact on her heart. Her family is dysfunctional since her mother and grandmother just cannot stop arguing. But when Aman (Shahrukh Khan) arrives next door, the whole gloomy conditions change. Aman infuses life in skeptical and overtly serious Naina, and she falls in love with him. But Aman knows that he cannot marry Naina because of a secret which he cannot divulge to her. So he intends upon setting her up with her best pal Rohit (Saif Ali Khan). Written by
What can you say about this movie? The makers have ensured that they
have greased the wheels properly before the turkey was served.
Lets look at the few aspects of the movie::
01. Story: Nothing new but well-presented. And obviously the "Anand"
factor was a diversion.
02. Characters: All of them etched out well. Be it talented Jaya
Bachchan, Sushma Seth, Lillette Dubey, Sweetu, Rajpal Yadav or the
highlight Kantaben. Simone Singh was good as well - she attempts a bit
of skin-show, desperately wanting to break-free from the Heena image.
03. Comedy: Comedy tracks have been really worked upon. There are many
pokings at Gujju's directly (the audience on both my sides appeared
threatening!) - but in spite of that the G.U.J.J.U. song makes up for
all the damage. Clever, very clever. Kantaben was good and so was
Satish Shah (and his English).
04. Location: The movie is a proper New York Darshan bus. The trivial
mistakes about jogging to Central Park from Queens can be easily
overlooked in the age where the scripts have crater sized holes.
05. Music: S-E-L have given one of their best compositions to date. Be
it the title song or Mahi Ve - all of them stay with you for a long
time. My favourite is Its the time to disco, Vasundhara Das rocks (she
bring out the voice of Nazia Hassan).
06. Lyrics: The title song is definitely Javed Akhtar caliber. For the
rest he should give the credit to a pseudonym.
07. Spl. Appearances: Sonali Bendre and Sanjay Kapoor have extended
special appearances. And in blink-an-miss appearances by Kajol & Rani
(lucky mascots of Karan Johar), Uday Chopra and Jugal Hansraj.
08. Protagonists: SRK plays his part extremely well in the author
backed role as "the good Samaritan", however does succumb to a bit of
his usual hamming. Saif proves yet again that he is a dependable actor
and at times can steal the show right under the nose. His performance
at the restaurant (proposing scene) is wonderful. Preity does full
justice to her character (Kareena - sour grapes! sour grapes!).
09. Tracks: In fact the movie is full of tracks but interesting ones.
Be it Kantaben, Simone Singh, the wrong house, 7-day proposing, Sweetu,
revamping of the restaurant or Gia's adoption track. The director has
just done a good copy-paste of it.
The makers have ensured that there is maximum utilisation of resources
at all fronts. For a first-timer Nikhil Advani has done a commendable
job, obviously under the baton of Karan Johar who ensured that Yash
Johar films flag remains high and rising.
Definitely worth a watch.... with family.
PS: Its interesting to see that from time to time, SRK acknowledges
Aamir Khan in his movies (here the Lagaan song and in K3G the Ghulam
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