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``Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein"

IF ONLY families are the way they are being portrayed in this one! If only youngsters are as sacrificing and selfless as our hero in Suresh Productions Pvt. Ltd, ``Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein!" If only films wouldn't look like extensions of some of the drivel being dished out TV in the form of serials! If only women didn't look like over dressed, over made up dolls who have nothing to contribute except cry and look miserable all the time. If only men didn't behave like they own the world and the women and subject themselves to poor decisions based on wildly fluctuating emotions. If only heads of families weren't grumpy, autocratic men who grunt and snort for responses and bear grudges so childishly! If only filmmakers didn't make such films where audiences are subject to so much idiocy in the form of romance. Well if all this happened, wouldn't we all be in Utopia?

A remake of a Telugu blockbuster, the film is set somewhere in Andhra going by the ambience, but has all the customs and paraphernalia of the North. Nothing wrong with all this integration except that it just does not ring true. But then if it is a remake you simply cannot expect the filmmaker to change every bit for authenticity alone! What then would happen to artistic licence? Abhay (Fardeen Khan) is this sensitive, lovely boy living in Mumbai with his widowed mother and sister, happy and content and quite oblivious to a distant family in the village where vendetta and the past are part of his heritage.

Then comes summons from the grandfather, Dadaji (Vikram Godhale) to visit the village. Delighted, the trio goes there only to find layers upon layers of intrigue surrounding relationships. The rest of the film goes to show how Abhay soothes the anguished family, of course not without heartbreaks, misunderstandings and reproaches, not to mention a love tangle with Mangala (Richa Pallod). To be fair, Fardeen Khan has something about him. Given a good director and screenplay he could become a fine artiste. The same probably holds good for the other talented character artistes — Rameshwari, Sharad Kapoor, Govind, and Vikram and the veteran Farida Jalal. To see Rameshwari reduced to playing such an inane role is a pity really! Sharmishta Roy is known for her fine work in art direction - obviously she has done what the director (Ravi Shankar) and producer (D. Rama Naidu) wanted her to do. Everything is bright and colourful - no soft tones or images. Everything is glaring in its colour combinations. For example poor Govind has to wear these bright, raw silk outfits with silk dupattas! Wonder how he put up with it. And the women are in equally bright saris with close to heavy jewellery, at home all the time. The camera (Ajayan Vincent) picks up all the makeup without any partiality and gives the houses an out of the world look. Music by Anu Mallik (lyrics, Sameer) is entirely routine - goes pretty well with the general scheme of things.

By CHITRA MAHESH

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