Armaan: Philanthropy, love et al
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 16 May 2003
Amitabh, Anil Kapoor
Preity Zinta,Gracy Singh
Honey Irani seems to be here to stay. The successful story teller?s directorial debut is pleasing to eyes. And, it has an interesting storyline too.
An aging philanthropist?s dreams and his son?s quest to make it a reality form the crux of the story. Amitabh Bachchan in a new look proves he is still the best in Bollywood. Anil Kapoor, who plays his son, also proves he is good. The chirpy Preity Zinta in a glamorous role proves she is one among those actresses who can combine good looks with histrionics.
Dr Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) refuses to become cynical or indifferent despite the struggles he faces and the death and diseases he lives amidst. His dream is to run a state-of-the-art hospital in which everyone can get treatment without discrimination. Akash (Anil Kapoor), an equally devoted doctor and devoted son devotes most of his time to make his father?s hopes come true.
Enter Soniya Kapoor (Preity Zinta), a girl used to getting her own way. Seeing Akash, she decides he is to be her?s.
When all other doors close, she decides to buy him out through a financial agreement. That is, if Akash marries her, her millionaire father (Randhir Kapoor) will finance Dr Sinha?s hospital. Akash then finds himself in a fix. The dilemma of choosing between his love for a fellow doctor Neha (Gracy Singh) and fulfilling his father?s dream.
The story teller in Honey steps in here leading the viewer to an unusual climax. She makes the audience explore the intricacy of human relationships and exposes the vulnerability of individuals in relationships.
Shankar-Ehsan-Loy of Dil Chahta Hai fame score again with the song meri zindagi mein aye ho aur aise aye ho tum. This is, however, Honey Irani?s film where she has brought out some of the best moments in Amitabh Bachchan?s and Anil Kapoor?s career. Preity looks convincing. However, Gracy seems to have lost sheen due to Preity?s screen presence. One, however, still wonders why Amitabh was given that helpless look. The make up looks somewhat bad.
Armaan is an entertainer. Those who are looking for 3 hours of entertainment are advised to book their tickets. But if you are somebody who is looking for cinematic brilliance, please stay at home.