Producer: Indra Kumar & Ashok Thakeria
Director: Indra Kumar
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty and Amrish Puri
Lyrics: Abbas Katka, Sumit
Genre: Emotional Family Drama
Recommended Audience: General
Released on: December 06, 2002
Approximate Running Time: 3 Hours
Reviewed by: Akshay Shah
Reviewer's Rating: 7 out of 10
After delivering two duds (a line one canīt escape for beginning this review
considering the fact that this director gave several highly entertaining films
previously), director Indra Kumar is back in
a film which he claims will catapult him back to the limelight. Taking none
other than his favorite star Anil Kapoor (Mohabbat,
Kasam and Beta),
Rishtey was touted by he and perhaps several others, to be an end year dark
horse. Itīs not surprising that it doesnīt succeed completely, but it is
appreciable that it holds its warrants for attention.
The film revolves around a hardworking father Sooraj (Anil Kapoor) who lives
only for his son Karan (Master Jibran Khan)
Sooraj brings up Karan leading him to believe that his mother Komal (Karishma
Kapoor) is dead when in fact Komal is alive and waiting for the day when
she can finally meet her son.
In the village Sooraj meets Vaijanthi (Shilpa Shetty),
a happy go lucky fisherwoman who falls in love with Sooraj. Unfortunately,
Sooraj doesnīt reciprocate the feelings since his heart still belongs to Komal.
We find out via a flashback that Komal and Sooraj were happily married and in
love. Komalīs father (Amrish Puri) is a
billionaire who never accepted his daughter marrying a lowly street fighter. He
plays all the dirtiest tricks in the book and separates the two lovebirds. The
couple are separated after Komal gives birth to Karan. Komalīs father tries to
kill Karan the night he is born but an infuriated Sooraj manages to run away
with the child and takes him away to a far away place hoping to never face the
Seven years pass and Komal one day spots Sooraj again with their child. Thus
ensues a battle of sorts as Komal wants her child back at any cost and Sooraj is
willing to fight any battle, whether it is a court battle or a fist battle, to
keep him. Rishtey revolves around this complex situations and what follows, but
the outcome doesnīt escape the obvious.
Script writers Rajeev Kaun-Praful
Parekh have borrowed heavily for past movies hoping to recreate some
sort of magic but sadly enough they fail. While the initial father son sequences
have been borrowed from Kunwara Baap, the latter
Karishma-Anil-Amrish scenes have been used from Raja
Hindustani and the climax has been lifted from Akele
Hum Akele Tum and Boxer.
A strong story has rarely been Indra Kumarīs selling point. After all his
previous hits werenīt exactly creative or astounding. On the contrary,
director Rishtey is much better than his previous film Aashiq
which was utterly repulsive. Here has has gotten back to basics with a simple
story that is well told. He manages to extract superb performances from his cast
and grip the viewerīs attention in certain scenes bringing back the spark from Dil,
Beta and Ishq.
Most specifically entertaining are the scenes between Sooraj and his son
along with those between the husband-wife-father in law trio. Each of them have
been well shot. The comic sequences between Shilpa and Anil also manage to hit
the right note. But what fails him is a weak script, unwanted scenes with no
relation to the story and some tedious melodrama. Take for example the scene at
the start with Master Jibran and his leg problem at the race, though well canned
this scene did not have any relation to the story at all. Additionally, some of
the later scenes with Karishma Kapoor crying did not have much of an impact and
bored the viewers, especially since she already has a tendency to cry her heart
out in all of her films.
Acting wise the honors belong to Anil Kapoor who gives a volatile powerhouse
performance. He looks about as young as he did in Tezaab
and it is great to see him in a gritty role once again. As Sooraj the street
fighter who later becomes a caring father, he plays his role to a hilt. Whether
it is dramatic scenes, confrontations, romance, comedy or action Anil provides
the full brigade of talent. Though it isnīt one of his best performances, in
comparison to something like Pukar and Virasat,
it definitely is something he can be proud of and add in his kitty of worthy
performances alongside his underrated Om Jai Jagadish.
A special mention must go to Mr. Kapoor in the action scene, those who thought
Anil Kapoor was too old for hardcore action scenes should think again.
Karishma Kapoor does not impress at all in her role. She displays the same
variety of emotions as shown in Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya,
Raja Hindustani, Shakti and Fiza.
Her over the top crying and shouting is not appealing at all anymore and neither
is her teary eyed look. Miss Kapoor has had finer moments though she does look
as gorgeous as ever.
Shilpa Shetty on the other hand is a scene stealer in a performance straight
from the pages of old school Sridevi. This is definitely essential since the
actress has another release this weekend itself in Harry Bawejaīs Karz-
The Burden of Truth. Without a doubt her performance is highly inspired
by Sridevi be it her dialogue delivery or facial expression but nevertheless she
does a excellent job. She is slowly proving herself to be a worthy contender
after some decent performance in Hathyar and Dhadkan
as well. Her comic timing is just impeccable and she looks astonishingly
Amrish Puri has done roles like this time and time again in the past and this is
no variation. Age is taking
a toll on Amrish-saab, yet his quality of work has not deteriorated, it
is becoming repetitive. Master Jibran Khan doesnīt overact as a lot of child
actors do and holds a large appeal after playing the spoiled brat in Kabhi
Khushi Kabhie Gham.
Sanjeev Darshanīs soundtrack works in favor
of the movie. Although some songs in the movie can be chopped, overall the music
is a plus point. "Har Taraf" has a mesmerizing effect on the
viewer and the violin strings are hypnotic. Similarly so, "Rishta Tera,
Rishta Mera" is picturized delightfully at the beginning of the film.
The background score by Monty Sharma is well
Allan Aminīs action is far above par, especially
for a film which focuses less on action. Each and every punch in the movie
looks like it has actually been thrown and the entire fight sequence in the
leave the viewer gripped in their seat. Baba Azmiīs
camerawork and Bijon Das Guptaīs sets are
great making the technical department a major factor in the film.
Granted that it is all based on commercial film making, there were full reasons
to believe that Rishtey had the potential to be something great. But Indra Kumar
has placed a little too much focus once again on the wrong thing over looking
the essential aspects of the screenplay and story. What results is a watch able
film viable for viewing perhaps twice but at least once.