``Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa"
THERE IS a college boy who does everything but study; and a college girl whose sole mission in life is to get married. The boy believes love can conquer everything, even a bunch of terrible terrorists. And then we have these really mean guys who want to hijack planes to free an anti-national being held in captivity by the Indian Government. Most important of all, we have Kuku Kohli, the director who puts all these elements together in A. K. International's ``Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa."
Now that the basics have been established, it takes about two-and-a-half hours to tell this story which, strangely, could happen in real life. Because you have terrorists who do cruel things in the name of causes, and there are giddy headed college students for whom love is everything. Predictably these lead to dangerous situations. But what one may not come across in real life are young boys taking on a platoon of bad guys single handedly that too without any arms, and winning the chase against all odds, everything in the name of visual and artistic licence. As in all ``good" masala films.
Karan (newcomer Karan) and Pooja (Jividha, also a newcomer) study in the same college in Pune. They meet and fall in love (so what's new) and their romance progresses amidst songs and dances till one day Pooja lands up at her Vijay Varma's (her brother) house in Mumbai. The brother is actually a mole for terrorist activities but loves his sister to distraction as he has brought her up from childhood. The parents are dead which makes his love all the more maudlin. Missing Karan, Pooja decides to take a flight back to Pune to see a match in which he plays kidding herself that she would be back in Mumbai by the evening and her busy brother would never even know! But then fate has other plans. On her return, the hijack happens - a hijack engineered by Vijay and the terrorist head Akhmash Jalal. And when Vijay realises his beloved sister is on that flight he is devastated.
But then Karan is not sitting around doing nothing. Intense love for Pooja propels him into risking his life to rescue Pooja and the other passengers as the consequence of which he becomes a target of the terrorists' ire. Now you would think Vijay is grateful that Karan rescued his sister. No, he actually refuses to consider their marriage (that they are yet to finish college is just not the issue) forcing the lovers to run away only to be caught by Akhmash and his men. Akhmash then tries to blackmail the Indian Government by demanding the release of his leader Ashraf-Ul-Haq-Mallik in exchange for Karan and Pooja. What happens next? Please see for yourself if you are not already tired.
The new comers are better than what one could expect of them. Karan does put his best foot forward whether it be the gyrations or in the action scenes. As for Jividha, she does not have much to do but makes an impression in some scenes especially when she pleads with her brother for his approval.
Music by Nadeem Shravan is rather forgettable except for the title song which is memorable because of repetition and also because there is something catchy about it. Camera work by Baba Azmi has to be good considering his eye for the aesthetics. And it is, in many parts. The comedy track, which has a hard of hearing Johnny Lever, is insensitive about the handicapped. Master Smith Seth as Karan's nephew is cute till he opens his mouth. Also in the cast are Aroona Irani, Aditya Pancholi, Rajat Bedi, Aroon Bakshi, Vishal Khanna, and Mohan Azad.
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