Friday, August 13, 2004

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na.. 

Arjun believes in arranged marriages not in love. Why? Has he had a bad experience in love? No such indication. You discover this kink in his armour in a contrived scene in a pub, after which he bursts into song “Pyar mein sau uljhanein hain, pyar mat karna”. Diya believes in love, and dances somewhere else to the same song with her girl friends, who then vanish from the film.

Samir Karnik’s Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… tries to make a light soufflé out of this love vs. arranged marriage conundrum – making it out to be some extreme ideological issue—and falls totally flat.

There are a few moments of very forced humour, no emotional nuances and certainly no chemistry between the lead pair, who, try to be extra cute and end up extra irritating.

Diya (Rai) comes from Coorg to Mumbai to stay with her father’s (Tinu Anand) friend (Om Puri) and his wife (Rati Agnihotri), whose son is Arjun (Oberoi)—how come the kids of these great buddies have never met, never spoken and never even seen a photo of each other?

Anyway, after singing romantic duets all over the city, dancing, bonding, flirting, the question keeps coming back to love, which Arjun stubbornly denies. So then, why does he go to Coorg to placate an angry Diya? No clue!

Suddenly from this track the film moves to an orphanage run by a buffoonish Uncle (Amitabh Bachchan), who spends a large chunk of the second half playing pranks on kids and having pranks played on him in return. On meeting Arjun, Uncle decides that something should be done to knock sense into him -- what he does you can see coming from a mile off. Unless you have never seen a film in your life!

You can simply not figure out what the problem is – Arjun wants a girl his mother likes; mother likes Diya. She wants to marry a man she loves, and she loves Arjun. The matter could have been solved in 15 minutes and saved people the bother of sitting through another couple of hours of nonsense unfolding on screen.

Remember the Aamir Khan-Preity Zinta portion in Dil Chahta Hai? KHGN makes an entire film out of that—no wonder so much padding was needed. It also tries desperately for the ‘coolness’ of Dil Chahta Hai, but it’s no go—Vivek Oberoi (also one of the writers) remains resolutely uncool despite loopy grin and floppy hair. Aishwarya Rai is dressed, made-up and photographed so badly, it’s not funny!

Tributes to Brahmachari, Pyar Kiye Ja and the Hollywood musical (choreography of the Pyar mein number), but no real meat to the story and no freshness in the treatment. As a nod to modern times, Diya appears for exams for a social work course, but no mention of career later. Arjun does nothing at all—there is a brief glimpse of him attending office with his father. Typical filmi Never Neverland of wealthy and privileged people with nothing to do but massage their egos!

Plus points – the songs (Shankar Ehsaan Loy), a couple of them well choreographed, pretty locations; Amitabh Bachchan, who even plays his inconsequential buffoon part with such charm and conviction. All the stars of the film have been quoted as having “loved” the script. What script!!


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