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NO HARM in a bit of "inspiration". Right, Mr Vikram Bhatt? After all, what would have be the fate of the likes of Mahesh Bhatt, Anu Malik, Bappi Lahiri and the rest, without a bit of "inspiration"?

Time to apportion credit where it is due. Time for two cheers for Vikram Bhatt. No, he is not back to his best. But thankfully, he has left "Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage" ages behind. His recent "Elaan" may not have stirred too many out of their homes to watch the Mithun Chakraborty flick, but he slowly, steadily is getting back into his groove.

The grip is there; the storytelling is there too. And performances are passable.

Now, so what if you feel in every other frame that you have watched something like this in the past? Bury the past, watch the present. And in the present we have Bobby Deol, now serenading Lara Dutta, now sulking after her, now shooting for her. And after her. We have Milind Soman, in an interesting appearance as Bobby's lawyer friend who wins cases, loses friends.

And the quite sweet Gul Panag, never too sure of her role but giving it all in the hope that somebody, somewhere, will take note and offer her a plum.

Come on, this whodunit tale is quite engrossing with its frequent tosses, turns and twists. It could do with better editing, and better songs.

ZIYA US SALAM

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