Friday, February 20, 2004


A kid abandoned in a local train grows up to be a criminal. That said, the rest of Kismat is as old as the hills and as predictable as a school timetable. To make it worse, neither director Guddu Dhanoa nor his team of writers have heard of logic.

Tony (Bobby Deol), a petty criminal falls in love with pop-singer Sapna (Priyanka Chopra). She is supposed to be a rich girl singing as a hobby, hardly reason for her to prance around half-

Tony wants to get rich quick to woo Sapna in style, so takes on a job that requires him to threaten a doctor (Mohan Joshi) into signing papers that approve of expired vaccines. The vaccines kill kids and the doctor is arrested. The whole city goes on a rampage, attacking him and stoning the windows of his house. But, hello, why don’t the cops take the trouble to track the guys who manufactured and sold the vaccines?

The doctor turns out to be Sapna’s father and now Tony has to face the consequences of his act. Her father nearly goes mad, her mother commits suicide, her engagement to a doctor ends. The rest of the film is spent in Tony trying to make amends by getting the drug importer (Kabir Bedi) to confess in court. Why couldn’t he have confessed his role and implicated the man who hired him to do the job?

But a simple solution would not be enough put the audience’s patience to the test. So much glass is smashed, cars blown up, and general mayhem orchestrated, to finally get Tony and Sapna “to lead a normal life” as a ponderous voiceover informs you… cut to the two dancing in the street. That’s normal?

Bobby Deol is not cut out for the snarl-and-scowl roles that his brother Sunny has patented. Priyanka Chopra provides the glam factor. But what’s in it for the ticket-buying audience? Just bad luck and a waste of three hours.


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