Producer : Yogesh Anand
Director: T. Rama Rao
*ing: Anil Kapoor, Rekha, Raveena Tandon, Rajnikant, Shakti Kapoor, Aruna
Music: Viju Shah
Released on : January 07, 2000
Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol
With two much-awaited and potential blockbusters, Mela and Bulandi, releasing on the same day, one would
think that at least one of the two would manage to live up to the crowd's expectations.
Unfortunately, the humor in both was crass, the songs were either bad from the beginning
or were shot down by horrific 'choreography', both have been in the making since the
century when Mithun was 'in', and both, well, have put Shahrukh's Phir
Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani on a mantle, even before release. I wonder what all the fuss
was about when the release dates of the three 'blockbusters' were being discussed?! One
would think that two superb and dedicated actors heading the flicks, Aamir and Anil, would
think twice before getting themselves into films better left to the less-fortunate actors.
I think they forgot to think....
Flash back to Virasat and strip it of its
quality. Dada Thakur a.k.a. Zamindar Dharmaraj (Anil Kapoor)
is the head of a village and represents the Supreme law of the land (make that village
with no outside contact, basically). Rekha
plays his wife (if you can't be it in real life, well, nothing beats reel life!), Anil
Kapoor 2 (a.k.a. Arjun) plays chhota bhai (not to forget reject Harish as Nakul), and the rebellious and smart 'sher
ki ladki' Meena (Raveena), Arjun's
wife. Of all the village, only Raveena rebels due to her upbringing (those disobedient
culture-less city girls!), yet reforms when she sees her father bowing to Dada. Oh, and
yes, the villain must also disagree with Dada, and the villain is not Raveena....so enter Shakti Kapoor as Jagat Singh, who (equipped with
family) has been isolated from society due to punishment ordered by the Dada of all Dadas,
Rajnikant (g.a.). Revenge is in store, and
it is all a part of the suspense to see if the villian is successful!
Oh, wait, this is a Hindi flick.... A 'sexy' chick is sent by Jagat to
seduce Arjun and ends up dead, and Arjun is obviously blamed and kicked out of the
village. Tsk tsk. Anil's Hai Hai Mirchi moves are not to be messed with.
There were a few problems with the flick...about 2.5 hours worth of
problems. First, Aruna Irani's (she plays
Shakti Kapoor's mother) wig kept slipping. Rekha and Raveena's makeup was horrific and did
not make them look any younger than their 70 and 30 years, respectively. Raveena looked
chubby (the Rani syndrome) and Rekha looks better in magazine pics (you know, the editing
techniques in India are amazing!). Rajnikant looked good in his commanding role, and Anil
looked awkward in both of his roles....a little too old in one and a little too young in
the other. Acting was nothing amazing, though effort was evident. Songs were ruined by
terrible choreography, though Teri Meri Ik Zind was barely
saved. True, Raveena and Rekha had the Akshay rift, but please, don't try to outdo each
other on-screen, disgusting dance moves, bad acting, or cake makeup. Choreography was
badly lifted from Dil Se (sigh). Humor was crass, especially with
Paresh Rawal playing the role of a son who
does not know who his mother is and goes around asking every woman, only for his dad to
tell him that that she's actually his sister. Cheap cheap cheap!
This movie, though, gave Anil the opportunity to act in a role older than
his actual age, and Rekha, the role of a lifetime--to act the role of a woman YOUNGER than
her actual age.
Bottom line? The movie could have been better, a whole lot better...better
humor, songs, choreography, acting, casting (e.g. Rekha and Ravs), SCRIPT, etc....but Mela
is hardly competition.