"Dil Vil Pyar Vyar"
THERE COULD be a few reasons why someone like Anant Mahadevan has made a film like Metalight Productions Pvt Ltd's/ Insight Productions Pvt Ltd, "Dil Vil Pyar Vyar". Could be that he wanted to bring back the wonderful, spirited, romantic music of R. D. Burman because there is no one today who can make such music; or he nurses a secret ambition to be a singer and is seeing it happen through his characters; or perhaps he truly believes in love stories and is in fact a glutton for it as this film has four of them; or he just got sick of acting and turned director!
A pity actually, because the one scene he comes in, is more effective than the entire load of artistes he has injected into this venture.
Anyway it has been made. And even if modern technology can reproduce the sounds of yesterday, it cannot bring the inherent beauty of its core, effectively enough.
It's surprising that with all the gadgets on hand, the makers have allowed a lot of off key singing to creep into the recreated hits (Bablu Chakraborty).
While songs such as "Yeh Jo Mohabbat", "Raat Kali", "Tere Bina", "Oh Hasina" and "Yaadon Ki Baarat", bring back waves of nostalgia, they lack the ambience and soul that made them such hits in the first place. Simply because the stories, that have been woven around these evergreen numbers, fall short of warmth. They take their life from many past films (an obvious one being "Abhimaan") and show absolutely no qualms about it.
Surely this is not what one would expect of Anant Mahadevan, who has gone full stream on the melodrama front and fallen prey to the demands of regular Bollywood sentiments?
Krish (Madhavan) and Raksha (Namrata Shirodkar) are aspiring singers hoping to make it big in the world of commercial singing. They get a contract to perform together in a restaurant. Raksha, with her beauty and voice, gets noticed by a music company executive (predictably he ignores Krish who sings equally well).
She hits big time with just one number and the proverbial rift between the lovey-dovey couple, is created. Reiterating all over again that if the wife is more successful than the man, the marriage is bound to take a beating!
In yet another story, handsome but sad Dev (Sanjay Suri) has lost his young wife to cancer and has relocated to Bombay from Pune with his sister.
Neighbours are Gauri (Sonali Kulkarni) and brother Gaurav (Rakesh Bapat) who is mentally disturbed, after a motorcycle accident in which he loses his sweetheart.
What follows is pretty much run-of-the-mill stuff with lights failing one day and Dev finding himself attracted to Gauri. But then the path to true love is hardly easy, with Dev having to get over his wife's death and Gauri trying to be responsible for her brother! Who in turn inspires much love in Dev's sister Rachna!
Then there is poor little Ritchie Rich Hrithik, who decides on first sight that Jo Jo is the girl for him. He sees her on the electric train.
Jo Jo is an Anglo Indian or a Goan and as all such families portrayed in films, they are jolly, drink like fish and fathers wear suspenders. Oh yes, this family lives in a chawl and there is plenty of love going around even if they are not even a quarter as wealthy as Hrithiks' father.
Hrithik's father (Kiran Kumar) naturally is not in favour of Jo Jo, even if the old resident uncle, whose sole function is to provide the salt of the earth flavour, is. (A very contrived performance of a sardar by Gulshan Grover)! But once he meets Jo Jo, who refuses to marry Hrithik saying he needs to prove himself and that she is not in awe of his father's wealth, he is bowled over.
The father then makes all attempts to get Hrithik on his feet towards financial independence.
Thus these plots and various characters move in and out of the frames with the three males having to prove to their ladies about their love and their worth. Which they can only do through a singing contest that promises the winner a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakhs!
Only one of them can win! And who would that be? Find out for yourself! If you have the patience to wade through this Viveck Vaswani written (screenplay Sudip Sen) story!
Of course as concepts go, the project has its heart in the right place. No matter how good that is unless the script and story are convincing and fresh, the film just does not add up.
Performances-wise, Madhavan seems to have an edge over the others in terms of range of emotions and scenes. He is more convincing in the second half, where he plays the injured husband trying to come to terms with his wife's growing popularity.
Sanjay Suri, even if he goes around with a mournful face all the time, proves to be a sensitive actor. Jimmy Shergill as Hrithik puts in enough pep while Harshita Bhatt plays the spunky Jo Jo rather well. Namrata Shirodkar is passable, but looks terrific in some scenes. As for Sonali Kulkarni, despite her bright blue eye-shadow, she is nondescript here.
As for the fourth half-baked romance between Gaurav and Rachna (Bhavna Pani) most blandly played, the less said the better.
Other than the skimpily dressed gals and brightly (electric blues and sunflower yellows) clad young men, the camera (Rajkumar K) captures the sudden transitions to foreign locales for the songs and the thematic interiors (art Gayatri Marwah) of apartments and living quarters of the lead characters, nonchalantly.
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