Friday, October 15, 2004

You Don't Want to Know! 

Dil Bechara Pyaar Ka Maara

Inspired by the old Hindi film Dekh Kabira Roya, this updated version called Dil Bechara Pyaar Ka Maara is a chaotic romantic comedy, proving once again the our directors can’t even copy properly.

Three friends (Vikas Kalantri, Aslam Khan, Aman Sodhi) fall in love with girls (Divya Palat, Mallika Kapur, Jonita Doda) who want to marry men from certain professions, and these three belong to the wrong category. For some time they keep up the deception to please the girls, but obviously a cricketer can’t learn to sing, a singer can’t learn business overnight, and a business man can’t play cricket.

This track had enough comic potential, but Mishra complicates matters by introducing a don (Rajpal Yadav), who is in love with all three and invites a killer from Pakistan (Shehzaad Khan) to kill the three men in their lives. Since the targets are not aware of this scheme to kill them, this sub-plot just adds to the general aimlessness of the film, which you may not even have seen, but for the persistence of the earnest PR team in persuading you to give it a try.

There are a couple of chuckles to be had and one good song (Nikhil-Vinay), but on the whole this one’s a low-budget attempt that never manages to rise above its very mundane level.

Bhola in Bollywood

Even a home movie made with good sense and taste would have been better than this asinine attempt by five members of a single family—including (what a pity!) well known Urdu writer Wajeda Tabassum.

Bhola in Bollywood looks like it was conceived and written over the dining table one night, and money to make it came from a few family piggy banks.

Bhola (Siraj Khan) comes to Mumbai to become a hero. His uncle (Virendra Saxena) is a struggling writer, whose best buddy (Ali Asghar) is a fixer of sorts.

Bhola is a total and absolute moron the likes of which could not possibly exist outside of a loony bin. But thanks to the fixer he gets a crack at an acting school (run by Raza Murad), a photo shoot and meetings with producers.

He also meets an aspirant from America (Bharati Sharma) with a municipal school accent and slummy wardrobe. So there’s a love story tacked on.

With (much) better writing and direction, decent actors and above poverty line production values, the film might have been a movie land fairy tale (like Chala Murari Hero Ban Ne or Main Madhuri Dixit Ban Na Chahti Hoon), but Bhola in Bollywood is an endurance test, you wouldn’t recommend to your worst enemy.


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