Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
Critic's Rating: 19/5
Friday 10 August 2001
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
THIS is the Hindi version of the utterly delightful Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman film While You Were Sleeping that should never have got made. Let`s see why.
1) Preity Zinta doesn`t have half.....or even quarter of the laid-back charm that Bill has.(In case the gender worries you, in Har Dil... it?s a girl who is in coma.)
2) Salman Khan could never be Sandra Bullock. He is incapable of underplaying anything.
3) There are too many songs choreographed with a whole lot of dancers in the background. Then there are those convenient imaginary songs.
4) The sets are garish, more like comic books than real life.
5) The nurses in the hospital wear pink uniforms in keeping with the publicity material of the film.
6) Salman wears...hold your breath...sarongs with his underwear and nothing else. He has a major gender problem, one has come to believe.
7) In keeping with the current trend of not leaving one of the triangle without a consolation prize, Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in and then completely wasted.
8) Need we say more? What can one add? There is so little story line the film has been stuffed with gimmicks, none of which are watchable.
Oh yes! Before we forget....there is just one scene in which you can chuckle, but we won`t spoil the surprise. Discover it for yourself.
How can one expect anyone to perform considering the sorry material given? No one does. Salman overacts so much you want to tie him down. Preity Zinta`s attempt at `cute` falls flat. Rani Mukherjee is more expressive as the girl in coma than she is when she revives. Kamini Kaushal should never have come back, it is always better to leave viewers with their memories. Shakti Kapoor is bore no. 1 while Saurav Shukla is Godawful.
With all this negativity around it is left to Paresh Rawal to keep the flag of acting flying and he does so gamely. Director Raj Kanwar seems to have extracted the worst of his entire cast and crew. His work is sub-standard and so is Farah Khan`s choreography and Sharmishta Roy`s art direction.
Only veteran W B Rao`s cinematography keeps the film from collapsing completely. Even music by Anu Malik, which makes for good listening otherwise, does nothing to the film. So should you see the film?
If you are on a self-destructive trip, yes. Otherwise, no.