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Rules Pyar Ka Superhit Formula

DEBUTANT DIRECTOR Parvati Balagopal brings fresh winds to a beleaguered industry with her pacy story telling and refreshing look at something every one in Bollywood thrives on. Love and the process of falling in love. Here is a grandma, a Dadi to be precise, who has five rules to win a man over. And she says applied properly, they never fail. It is a story and one that has a lot of hope for young star-struck girls. If they listened to this old lady, there is a possibility that they may just win over the man of their dreams. Never mind he is a super model and has millions of terrific looking girls hovering around him!

Radha is a perky assistant to a photographer who is in the process of shooting with the country's top model Vikram. And she has had a crush on Vikram ever since she can remember. And while at work Vikram has eyes only for his glamorous girlfriend who twists him round her little finger. He hardly notices Radha. Where is he ever going to notice Radha? Heartbroken, she cries over his lack of attention to her grandmother (Tanuja) who tells her that there are rules to help. . The grandma's rules are actually very simple and as Radha goes along she finds that they are effective and soon it's a matter of time that Vikram breaks off with his clingy girlfriend and just cannot live without Radha. Here comes the lousy part! Now that the guy is crazy about her you'd think all is well that ends well? Not really because now Radha is disgusted with herself for actually ensnaring Vikram and thinks that the only solution is to tell him the truth and then move away.

Vikram is angry — not because she applied rules to get him, but because he just cannot understand what the problem is. And so it goes - till the director realises that she has to finish this story.

So she resorts to a filmy climax when Vikram does all he can to save his love and the object of his love. Cute but cliched!

Milind Soman does a marvellous job as Vikram both as the snooty model or the man so much in love and as the broken hearted lover confused about where his love is heading.

Meera Vasudev is all right, except when she laughs. That grates a bit, but on the whole completely tolerable.

But then the film belongs to Tanuja who looks good and does a terrific job as the wily old grandmom, well versed in the ways of love and life. She steals the show all right.

The background score is rather pleasant and gives the romance a lot of tangibility. And the entire look of the film shows its advertising background. Bold and beautiful! Worth taking a look!

CHITRA MAHESH

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