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Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar, ... Haath Mein Le ......!!!
May 29, 2006 12:51 AM 8958 Views
(Updated Aug 29, 2006 04:02 PM)





Year : 1998, A movie by an unknown director, Language : Hinglish - More English than Hindi, somehow found distributers in Mumbai, and was released with limited prints, the movie was a techincal disappoinent of a lifetime, be it ameturish cinematography, or floppy editing, or just about average performance. An Ok kind of Direction, and no songs to add to trouble...

The budget less than 2 million desi bucks, thats like what bills the signing amount of a A grade bollywood actor.

The film was Shot in 17 days, thats like time required to stage a decent Stage Play

What can be the faith of the Movie..?

How about a golden jublee ?

Surprise, Surprise... but the fact remains that despite e’thing looking against it, the debutent Director, who has no real knowledge of film making (which is evident from the way movie was executed) , managed to find an audience , and the film went on becoming a cult movie, and started a new trend of film making altogether...

Varun, an NRI, has returned back home after 12 years and finds himself an alien @ indian culture. For his parents and friends , he’s the most eligible batchler in the Town, and like a good son to his parents, he’s expected to do an arranged marrige. The romantic comedy starts off when he meets a young lady doctor who snubs him every time. So he falls in love and woos her. The lady, on the other hand is prejudicised about the NRI coming from the US of A and is not ready to be impressed by the philosophies of an ’American Pseude’. The guy, on the other hand is not able to u’stand, what is that made lady angry, when he tries to kiss her , which he belives, all good lovers do..

For the lady, indian traditions are topmost, and anything like kissing is a big no no before the relation is stamped. For the guy, stamping is premature before testing :-)

So this humour filled tempo follows throughout the movie, with the girl slowly u’standing his thinking and the guy gradually realising the indian in him. ’Thora Thora ’ adjustment from both sides and alls well that ends well ? hehehe, not really, the climax of the movie is yet another let down, which, looks despirate to continue the humorus tempo of the movie, but falls flat miserably...

The casting is good and natural, comprising of little known amateurs. Vikram Inamdar who plays Varun’s friend comes out brilliantly as a chauvinist, standing for all that is reactionary in the film in particular and India in general. His battles with Varun provide for good dialogue.

The high point of the movie was its content, its presentation and its no so famaily friendly dialoges. ’’Dil pe mat le yaar, haath mein le’, ’Just jump and Pump’, and more honest single liners were so often used in the movie, and the youth idetified with them. It was the first time that the young audience saw themselves talking on screen and that worked. They identified with the middle class treatment and with the generation gap conflict, which was presented humourously in the movie.

Also, film hit the right chords among the audience, since almost very urban indian knew a thing or two about somebody who has been to the U.S of A ... the American return confused Indian was a well understood concept.

The director, Nagesh Kukkunor, went on becoming the most promising signature in so called ’parallel cinema’ , a genre with a hinglish lang, not to expensive sets, no big star cast, no big banners, no nothing, .... just a good , gripping story to narrate, and to do it effectively....

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