Producer: Mukesh Talreja and Sunil Manchanda
Director: Satish Kaushik
Starring: Salman Khan, Bhumika Chawla (introducing), Sachin Khedekar, Savita Prabhune, Ravi Kishan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mahima Chaudhary in a special appearance
Music: Himesh Reshamiya and Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Sameer and Jalees Sherwani

Genre: Emotional Romantic Drama
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Released on: August 15, 2003
Reviewed by: Abid
Reviewer's Rating: 8 out of 10


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We often hear, "it's different", and especially in Bollywood its used and misused quite frequently. Now here is a movie which like the recent Darna Mana Hai is different or ´hatke´ in the real sense.

Radhey Shyam (Salman Khan) lives in Agra with his brother´s (Sachin Khedekar) family. He is the strong man or goon of the local college and his favorite pastime apart from flexing his muscles is to rag newcomers and also to save the honour of the fairer sex. He also has 3 friends for company and support.

Enters a typical traditional girl Nirjara (Bhoomika Chawla), as her fiancée (Ravi Kishan) wants her to be a graduate. Her father is a priest at the local temple and the fiancée is his disciple.

While ragging and during his subsequent interactions with Nirjara, Radhey falls for her simplicity and uncomplicated ways, only to be spurned by& an already engaged Nirjara. As fate had something else in store, Radhey accidently saves Nirjara´s married elder sister from a brothel and later unites her with her husband who had demanded money for taking her back but due to Radhey´s strong arm methods, accepts her back.

Meanwhile Nirjara is convinced about Radhey´s genuine feelings by none other than her own fiancée who also tells her about how Radhey had put her sister's life back on track. Just as Nirjara is ready to accept Radhey, he commits an impulsive and rash act, which takes the movie on a very unexpected track.

Tere Naam can be divided into two distinct parts, the pre and post ´Oodhni´ part. While first part is interesting, engrossing, entertaining and has light moments, the second part is slow, realistic, tragic and at times very disturbing.

The director Satish Kaushik had two choices to make while deciding about the second half, either to make a few subtle changes from the original movie ´Sethu´ and make a commercial movie or to make a realistic, critically acclaimed movie, and it is obvious he went for the second alternative.

Among the performances Salman Khan puts his heart and soul into his performance. He is equally at ease in romantic, emotional and even in Mahendra Verma´s well conceived action scenes. Bhoomika Chawla impresses in her first Hindi movie. The supporting cast of Sachin Khedekar, Sarfaraz Khan and Ravi Kishan is reasonably good.

The music by Himesh Reshammiya goes well with the movie.  ´Oodhni´ is the chartbuster and the title track along with Tumse Milna (picturised in the beautiful Solang valley of Manali ), Kyon Kisi ko and Lagan Lagi (picturised in Delhi´s Pragati Maidan) are impressive. Surprisingly the best song ´Chand´ is missing.

On the whole if the latter part of the second half of the Tere Naam is accepted by the families and the audience has really matured, the movie will succeed or else once the initial craze wears out the movie may turn out to be an average fare at the box office. It must be added that the movie had an excellent opening across India.