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"Bas Yun Hi"



"Bas Yun Hi" ... flimsy narration about urban youth.

ALRIGHT! YOU don't have anything to do! You straggle across to Café Coffee Day and decide to while away some time and drink the brew in all sorts of combinations. You have the money of course - you are working, you are young and most often in search of a sweetheart. Chances are you are bored as well. If this description fits you, then maybe you should see Bandra West Production, ``Bas Yun Hi," released by Shringar films. Because this film is about trying to portray the yuppie, urban youth and all that goes with them. The lingo included. But then this portrayal is through such a flimsy narration (the story is inconsequential - its just a slice of life, you see) that at the end you learn nothing about them except that boredom and joblessness are part of their lives.

The direction is haphazard, the music (Rajeev-Merlin) even more so and the performances, absolutely nondescript. Then what on earth is it about? Well, it is about a group of friends- chef/ café owner Kabir (Samir Malhotra), stockbroker Rohan, (Rajiv Gopalkrishnan), assistant director Aditya (Purab Kohli) Saraswati who calls herself Sara (Sandhya Shetty) and Sona (Tannishta Chatterjee).

They party, go to bars sit around in cafes and of course work for a living one presumes or they wouldn't be able to drive cars and spend all that money. When all this is done they decide to play a prank on Rohan, who is already engaged. . By pretending that there is a description in his kundali (horoscope) of the girl he will marry. But it is very different from the girl he is engaged to. So they find Veda (Nandita Das) who fits the description.

Veda, a professional actress, is willing to play this role and fool this unsuspecting guy. As expected Rohan takes to Veda and finds himself wanting to meet her more and more. Its all very well for a while before they both begin to start feeling uncomfortable (thank God! one was beginning to think that they had no conscience at all). The discomfort is felt even more by Aditya, the architect of the grand plan, who now feels jealous because he fancies Veda himself. Now the script that he has written goes awry when Veda and Rohan seem to be more of a couple. And everybody else also starts feeling uncomfortable. Tension mounts. How the issue is brought to its conclusion, is what the rest of the film is all about. Nothing very exciting - if at all, it's quite predictable. And in all this there is one person who knows exactly what's going on. To find out head for the theatre and see the film.

Directed by Raja Menon, the film attempts to be one of those cute, low budget films that have stormed the cinema world before. While many of them have succeeded because of their spontaneity and originality, this one (the idea of a prank may be somewhat original) somehow just sinks like a stone. What ``Dil Chahta Hai" did for Farhan and ``Hyderbad Blues" for Nagesh, this is going to do Raja no good. Purbab Kohli is probably the one who is passable except in the end when he tries to play the jealous boyfriend. Whatever happened to Nandita Das who only wanted to do meaningful roles? Apart from looking young, pretty and with the crowd, there is not much that is even worth talking about. Probably the one thing that is very catchy in the film is the way the sets have been done. There is casualness well captured by cinematographer, Jehangir Choudhary. They look neat as well and not cluttered up as one would associate with youngsters on the move!

CHITRA MAHESH

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