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Loud....noisy....and boring!
May 03, 2003 08:32 PM 4872 Views
(Updated May 04, 2003 09:21 AM)





Mindblowing movies ''Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye'',directed by Sanjay Jha and produced by Mahesh Manjrekar is a multi starrer film which stars the likes of Raveena Tandon,Sushmita Sen,Namrata Shirodkar,Rinke Khanna,Diya Mirza,Divya Dutta,Vijay Raaz,Shweta Menon,Aman Verma,Sachin Khedekar and Mahesh Manjrekar.The film is about the middle class families who live together in a chawl.The script is very different still the film failed to entertain!

The story of the film revolves around a society of middle class families who live in a chawl like a ONE BIG FAMILY.One day,the owner(Sachin Khedekar) of the chawl,comes to the chawl and order everyone to leave the chawl,as soon as possible.Everybody refuse and declare him that they would NEVER leave the chawl but the owner would not so easily,agree.The film revolves around many families.The first family is of:-

1.Laxmi Rathod(Raveena Tandon):Laxmi is the wife of Rathod,who has a great pressure on him because he has to return loans to many people.On the other hand,Laxmi cannot give birth to a child.She wants to be a mother and she asks her husband to take loan for her operation which would cost Rs.40,000.

2.Suman(Rinke Khanna):Suman lives with her parents and whenever her father listens that the police is there,he starts crying because Suman`s brother was a don and when one of his companion killed someone,his name was also given in the list of the murderers.One night,when Suman was sleeping with her family,the police came and took away her brother and beat him severely.After some days,he died and that is why the word ''POLICE''haunted Suman`s father.

3.Mona(Namrata Shirodkar):Mona,dances in films,as an extra but for everyone in the chawl she is extra-ordinary.Everyone in the chawl thinks about her and wants her.They all sneak her from her door when she is changing clothes.Afterwards,everybody finds out that she is a prostitute.Mona agrees to this statement and tells that she is FORCED to do it,as her mother is ill and she has to get her younger brothers qualified.

4.Soundarya(Diya Mirza):Soundarya lives with her parents and everyday her parents call boys so that she would get married but she loves a boy in the chawl,who doesn`t even give her a look.Soundarya knows she is ugly and that is why she is complexed but,later she realizes that she is beautiful and so she changes herself completely.The boy whom she loves,regrets why he did not used to look at her.Since then,a line of boys come to Soundarya to propose her and she rejects every boy.

5.Dulari(Divya Dutta):Dulari lives with her husband,mother-in-law and two daughters.Dulari`s husband doesn`t work at all and instead of him,his wife works.He is always talking bad about Dulari and Dulari`s mother-in-law is also no less.She keeps on criticizing Dulari that she didn`t give birth to a son.

6.Sheela(Shweta Menon):Sheela lives with her parents,husband and her one year old kid.Sheela`s husband is good for nothing.Everynight he abuses Sheela and beats Sheela,infront of her parents.At last,she aborts her second child and that day she orders her husband to leave.

In this chawl,enters Aman Joshi(Aman Verma).He tells a man living in the chawl(Vijay Raaz),that he studies in a university and wants to live in the chawl to understand their ways of life.Everybody asks him for loans and he gives loans to everyone in the chawl but soon afterwards we realize that he had been betraying them and all those loans were given by the owner of the chawl and the people of the chawl had to return him the loan with interest.Aman Joshi,who entered the chawl with the intention of landing everyone into trouble,starts feeling for the people of chawl and becomes a part of the chawl.He promises everyone that he would help them all.But is it that easy???

The film could have been very entertaining but the way it has been treated makes the film boring.There is much more of loud noises than seriousness.Everyone in the film is loud and is shouting.There are many unwanted and irrelevant scenes in the film like:

1.The ''Sati'' track where Raveena becomes Sati.

2.The qawaali scene about the ''RUPA BANYAAN''.

3.The scenes where the people of the chawl joke,instead of planning seriously and many other several unwanted scenes.

Sanjay Jha`s direction is poor and he could not handle mature scenes with maturity.Rajeev Shrivastav`s cinematography and action is very poor.Sanjay Pawar`s dialogues are superb and make us laugh.Dialogues are one of the saving grace of the film which are quite effective and bold.Sudhakar Manjrekar`s sets of the chawl are very good and the place looks realistic.Screenplay is poor and the sound effects are also weak.There are no clapworthy drama scenes in the film,which was very important.The film from the beginning to the end could not grip the viewers attention.Daboo Malik`s music is very ordinary.Like the makers of the film he was also non-serious while composing the music of this film.All the songs are trash except the song ''Hum Tere Sanam''in which Mahesh Manjrekar and Sushmita Sen have performed.The song has been picturized very cutely and Sushmita`s face expressions in the song are lovely.

And now the performances!Raveena Tandon gives a bravura performance.In the Sati track she stands out.She is really an excellent and talented actress!Diya Mirza had to do nothing in the film.She had only two scenes,in which she was focused.Although,she looked pretty.Namrata Shirodkar is PERFECT as Mona!She acts very well.Divya Dutta gets into the skin of her character and plays it very well.Shweta Menon is also very impressive and she lives the character of Sheela.Rinke Khanna is also good and her face expressions and dialogue delivery are JUST right!Vijay Raaz is another positive aspect of the film.His dialogue delivery,screen presence and acting are all first-rate.Aman Verma acts like Dilip Kumar but is excellent and shows confidence after hosting the show ''Khullja Sim Sim''.Sachin Khedekar is least convincing.He was disinterested in the film and it could be clearly seen whenever he appeared on the screen.After his excellent performances in Astitva and Freaky Chakra this performance is disappointing.Mahesh Manjrekar was in the film just to show that he is the producer of the film and is involved with the film otherwise there was no need of him in the film.Ditto,for Sushmita Sen.Sushmita Sen is totally wasted and she is not the actual narrator,what I thought.The actual narrator was Vijay Raaz.Sushmita Sen is used only to add star value to the film and there is no other reason than that.More and more,her song with Mahesh Manjrekar was put in the end.There was no need for that song in the end,though it was a very cute song(as mentioned above!).

On the whole ''Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye''is worth a miss but if you have nothing to do and can tolerate noises then,it`s alright to watch the film otherwise there is no point in watching it!Disappointing!

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