Producer: Bhushan Kumar & Anubhav Sinha
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Starring: Priyanshu Chatterjee, Om Puri, Farida Jalal, Sakshi Shivanand
Lyrics: Sameer, Rajan Raj, Nitin Raiwkar & Late Anand Bakshi
Genre: Comedy Emotional Family Romantic
Recommended Audience: General
Released on: January 10, 2003
Reviewed by: Abid
Reviewer's Rating: 7 out of 10
If you want to see an original movie from Bollywood ´with a never seen before
script´, I am afraid you have to see Mother India,
Garam Hawa or in the recent
past ´Lagaan´. Even Sholay and
Dil Chahta Hai had inspirations.
that in mind lets see what Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha
Hai has to offer.
Presumably a lot, since it is coming straight after the success of Tum
Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai movie explores the sensitive relationship
between a father, Om Puri and his daughter,
Sakshi. Om Puri is very over
protective and believes that a ´Mr. Right´ for his daughter is almost impossible
to find and takes that as an excuse to postpone her marriage for as long as he
can. Enter suspended cop Priyanshu Chatterjee, who is in Canada to make amends
for a goof up back home. He and Saakshi predictably fall in love. After this,
the one up man ship starts to replete with hilarious situations. The humor especially
in the first half, is crackling. It refrains from being over the top stuff nor
is it the pedestrian ´banana peel slipping´ stuff.
In the second half, the movie takes a more serious turn and the fair sex may
even shed a tear or two especially in the pre-marriage scene where Priyanshu
reveals the truth about himself and the family severs all ties with him.
Needless to say Om Puri is flawless in a role Anubhav had originally written
with Amitabh in mind. For once Big B will not be missed much. Farida Jalal and
Manoj Pahwa are good and Sakshi is reasonable in her debut. Arundhati
Virendra Saxena are all right. Priyanshu is brilliant, quite in contrast
to his restrained character in Tum Bin. He shows his complete range as an actor,
but he has to just work on his dancing to give sleepless nights to his contemporary actors.
Nevertheless, his ´Spy Vs Spy´ type
confrontation scenes with Om Puri are excellent.
Nikhil Vinay´s music along with the song picturizations are beautiful and
definitely serve as a plus point for the film. Remo´s choreography, especially
for "Dil Gaya Kaam Se" is great. The humorous dialogues by Anubhav
(which are like the ones we use every day) are witty. The photography by Vijay
Arora especially in Calgary and other parts of Canada are a visual treat.
last but not the least Anubhav´s brilliant direction makes a neat little
entertainment package which the families and others will enjoy.
On the other hand, the second half has to be pruned a bit especially the
emotional scenes and the movie has too many songs. The screenplay by Dabral
could have been better. Navneet Nishan for once disappoints.
The movie has a reasonable budget of around 5.5 crore and has an average
distribution price of round 65 lakhs/territory and even one good week followed
by a reasonable week and the movie will go through as a success. Overall, the
film itself is time pass entertainment worth a watch for its beautiful music and