Friday, September 03, 2004

Hum Kaun Hai? 

Nicole Kidman starrer The Others gets mangled into what looks like a hurriedly assembled spook flick Hum Kaun Hai? with the grammatically incorrect title.

For some unfathomable reason, Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Dharmendra and Moushumi Chatterji lent their combined talents to this thankless venture, misdirected by Ravi Shankar Sharma.

Sandra (Dimple Kapadia) lives in a lonely old house with her photosensitive kids (Hansika and Amaan). She gets three oddly dressed servants led by Mrs Pinto (Moushumi Chatterji) to look after the household while she waits for her husband Frank (Amitabh Bachchan) to return from the war (which war?)

Furniture moves, the piano plays, strange voices are heard and things go bump into the night in Sandra’s dark, candlelit household. Suddenly Frank appears, talks in cryptic puzzles and leaves again.

Many complications later comes the long-awaited climax with the Sixth Sense like twist in the end. You almost feel sorry for Dimple Kapadia, looking elegant and performing earnestly even in this shoddy-looking, B-grade film. Amitabh Bachchan, in his tiny role, does not even pretend to be enjoying what he is doing. Dharmendra as his friend, is referred to as “young man” in a scene, providing the only giggle in the film. There are no songs, so at least the running time is bearably short.


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