Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 10 August 2001
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
THE DREAMZ have hit the durt.
The collection of Phir Bhi Dil Hain Hindustani, its first film, has dropped in the first week itself. While Mumbai reported 80 per centcollection this week, Delhi reported 85 per cent, while Calcutta recorded 72per cent.
Super star Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, as well as director Aziz Mirzahad teamed together to set up their production company, Dreamz Unlimited.Its first production Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani was made with abudget of Rs 19.5 crore.
So far, so good, but trouble started once the film was released.
The venture seems to have run into rough weather. A lot of hype hadaccompanied the pre-release publicity. Maybe the hype has turned into adamper for the audience. It may be particularly true as the viewers had veryhigh hopes and expectations from the film.
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani is a story about two televisionreporters Ajay Bakshi (Shah Rukh Khan) and Ria Banerjee (Juhi Chawla), whowork for rival television channels, K-TV and Galaxee, respectively. The twoare competitors and are on the lookout for scoops, of course, with theencouragement of their bosses, Kaka Chowdhary played by Satish Shah and Chinoy(Dalip Tahil).
Both believe that they are the best, hence the song I am thebest!.
The plot thickens when they realise that they have become pawns in thehands of politicians, between chief minister Mushran (Govind Namdeo) andopposition leader Ramakant Dua (ShaktiKapoor). This is the point where the film turns into a predictable Bollywoodmasala caper, complete with corrupt politicians, helplessness ofpolice, suffering of innocent and the eventual falling in love of the leadpair who set out on a mission to save the world, or at least unearth thetruth.
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, starts off as a fun film, but itseventual turning into aseries of cliches is its downfall.
The film is very appealing visually. Its portrayal of the journalisticworld is idyllic. Just like in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, there was thisdream college with a basketball court, fun-loving teachers, boys and girlsforever on a picnic, similar is the depiction of the world of TV journalismin this film - very far from reality.
Juhi`s acting in the film is quite spontaneous. Maybe she should take upcomedy roles moreseriously. She looks dazzling on the screen. Shah Rukh is his usual oldbubbly and hyper self.But how long will he go on without changing his mannerisms and coming outwith somethingnew. After all, he is one actor who began the trend of the anti-hero in hisfilms like Bazigaar and Darr, or has he now lost the nerve totry out something different?
Namdeo as the scheming politician is impressive and so is Johnny Lever,as a publicity-seeking don.
Aziz Mirza`s direction is good, but unlike his other two movies RajuBan Gaya Gentleman and Yes Boss, both with Shah Rukh, this filmhas not come quite as close to the other two.