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Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge

THE PROMO line for the film reads, "Expect the unexpected." But Baba Films' "Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge" is anything but that!

Thankfullly the cast is not star-studded, as is the case with most Bollywood releases. But, why do scriptwriters come up with such predictable plots? Khan plays Veer, the gentle son of a thakur (Sharad Saxena) and his wife (Nishiganda Wad). His parents dote on him. He is engaged to Muskan (Diya Mirza). All is well with the world.

Except Veer has strange visions very often... a dog charging at him, cops shooting at him and even worse, the Chief Minister being assassinated! When he tries to find out the missing links of his past, his family is not too cooperative.

And on the day of his engagement, Veer is attacked by gun-toting thugs. But what did he, a charming young lad who only drank a jug of milk with eight eggs for breakfast and wouldn't hurt a fly, do? It has something to do with his past. Veer has partial amnesia! He was actually found floating in a pond with five bullet wounds in his chest, and yes, he was alive! Thus begins the quest for that horror-filled gory past... and a journey of love, brotherhood and betrayal (no more details. Otherwise there's nothing left to watch!!). And playing several parts (even if miniscule) are Sushmita Sen as Mehek, Inder Kumar as Inder and Mahesh Rishi as a cop. Not to forget the inimitable Johnny Lever, who plays a fortune teller-cum-fakir (one wishes there were more scenes with him.)

The film just goes on and on and on... As for the story/ plot, (story/ screenplay/ dialogue by Rumi Jafrey) the twist to the tale is as predictable as the Chennai weather. Director Pankuj Parashar must have started out to do a film "that's different". But somewhere along the way, he seems to have faltered.

It is Salman Khan's film all the way (he's there in practically every frame). But as for emoting, well... when he cries, you laugh and when he laughs, you laugh.

And not to forget that he loves to drop his shirt at the slightest instance. But he is quite effective in the fight sequences, which are obviously inspired by John Woo. The heroines Diya Mirza and Sushmita Sen, do not have much of a role except look good, a cakewalk for them. Except for "Kangna khankae", the music (Sajid-Wajid and Daboo Malik) is just average. A film which Salman Khan fans might like to watch. But otherwise, it's definitely avoidable.

SAVITHA GAUTAM

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