If anyone here wants to see a different movie, a truly different movie, then here is your ticket and enjoy! The annual Varma Corporations release for this year is Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, a suspenseful, self proclaimed unpleasant love story. The film is slick, stunning, and endearing, although shaky at times. Rajat Mukherjee makes a great directorial debut, he shows that he can make an entertaining film, although he is still raw at parts. But if the film belongs to anyone, it´s Urmila! Never before have we seen such a flawless performance on screen in recent times, she alone is reason enough to watch this film! After so many casting problems, Rajat Mukherjee has settled for the perfect cast and the perfect story!
Jai (Fardeen Khan) is a fashion photographer looking for a new face. While in Goa he comes across Ria (Urmila Matondkar) a spoilt rich girl, who happens to be exercising on a cliff. He clicks a few pictures and approaches her to offer her a job as a model. However, he is out right rejected by the beautiful, but hot tempered girl. Upon getting the pictures developed he brings them to his editor (Ravi Baswani) who declares her the new cover girl for the company´s new fashion magazine. The only problem is that Ria is not fully co-operating, she is upset with Jai for clicking her pictures without her permission, but eventually Jai breaks her in and she does a photo shoot for him (by the way, the photo shoot is done so well, you´ll be begging for more!). Slowly but surely Ria begins to fall in love with Jai, and one day decides to tell him in person. She goes to his house only to be greeted by Geeta (Sonali Kulkarni), confused Ria asks for Jai, who appears and officially introduces his wife, Geeta to Ria. Hurt, confused, and emotionally fragile Ria becomes mentally unstable and thus begins a suspenseful and unlikely love triangle which ends in one of the most spine tingling climax´s of the year.
The film is obviously inspired by the Michael Douglas, Glenn Close starrer Fatal Attraction, but this one is toned down for the Indian audience. This story is much more believable. Rajat Mukherjee follows in the footsteps of E. Niwas as a new Ram Gopal Varma protégée to turn director. His debut is a technically complex, emotional journey into the lives of three very different people. Rajat does a good job at directing his first film, however there is room for improvement. The first half of the film is very slow, it takes forever to build up the character sketches. As a result the first half seems to be void of any story. Geeta is introduced to us right before the intermission, and only after her character is introduced, does the film pick up. The second half of the film is excellent and picks up swiftly. The performances, and story come into play during the second half. Because of this the first half seems to be all style with Urmila modeling and exercising, and the second half is all substance. This could be a problem for Rajat in the future, people were bored all through the first half, with very little to keep their attention. However with the introduction of Sonali´s character the film began to get interesting, but only after such a tedious wait. Rajat should try to keep audience attention by incorporating more interesting situations in the first half next time.
Performances by the cast were all first rate. Fardeen does a great job in the film. He has a confident screen presence, and he is overcoming is anglicized accent well. His emotional scenes still need a little work, but otherwise he is very good here. Sonali Kulkarni also does a competent job. Geeta isn´t a complex character but she is very insecure, yet understanding. Sonali does a great job in bringing her emotional issues across well on screen and makes Geeta an extremely convincing character. However her role is a little too short and barley leaves an impression. The star of the show is Urmila who is simply mind blowing in this film. Her performance is sure to get her noticed, finally! This actress has never gotten her due in the past, well in this film she overshadows everyone and everything. The film is sure to get her nominated for best actress or even in some cases best villain. Not only does she look amazing, but she acts so well it will leave you speechless. If you hate everything else in the film, her performance will surely win you over! She excels in the second half of the film, especially in the hospital scene, the scene where she tries to make amends with Fardeen over the phone. Her character is one to be hated, but Urmila instills this innocence into the character which you can´t help but feel sorry for. Never before has the role of the ´other woman´ come across so well since Arth! Her last two scenes in the film are simply breath taking. Ladies and gentlemen stand up and applaud this fantastic performance! The supporting cast all does their job well. The comic sequences between Rajpal Yadav and Ravi Baswani are funny. Suresh Oberoi and Kannu Gill as Ria´s only family are good, but with Urmila in the film we hardly notice anything else!
The technical aspects of this film are excellent! Sanjay Kapoor´s cinematography captures the scenery of Goa very nicely. The camera work is very well done, although at times the camera angles may be unflattering, overall the effect is good. Costumes and makeup are suitable. Urmila looks out of this world in the first half of this film! She has never looked so good in her career, with this film she truly blossoms, her new hair do works well for her. Her photo shoots in the films are paisa vasool. The song picturisations are all stylish. Kambakt Ishq is intertwined with dialogue during Urmila´s first photo shoot, and the song is picturised very well! However the real surprise is the Kamabkt Mix which immediately follows the photo shoot! The cinematography by Sanjay F. Gupta is very good, probably one of the best song picturisations in recent times. Although the picturisation is inspired by Madonna´s Human Nature Video, Ganesh Hedge´s choreography sets this video apart! The title song too is done extremely well and Urmila has lost tons of weight in the film and looks sexier then every before.
Overall this film is worth every penny of your ticket! The film is shot with style and panache. Rajat Mukherjee makes an awesome debut and with time he will become an excellent film maker just like his mentor Ram Gopal Varma. Performances are first rate. You can´t help but feel sorry for all three characters, even Urmila´s. That is the power of their acting in the film. This film has it all, with the exception of the the shaky first half, everything else is stunning, making this a contender for one of the best films of the year, thus far! Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, may not be a pleasant love story, but it is surely a pleasant movie going experience, a must see film!