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Producer : Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya & Ajit Kumar Barjatya
Director:
Sooraj Barjatya
*ing
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Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu, Mohnish Behl, Neelam
Music: Raam Lakshman

Released on : November 5, 1999

Running Time : 2 hours 57 minutes


Reviewed by: Alok Kumar
alok@indolink.com


out of 

A new Barjatya film (Oh please God save us!). Let me just warn readers now: If you liked, or even loved Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, go see HSSH. If not, avoid it like the plague. I hated HAHK with a passion. Sappy family entertainment = Making Alok Kumar want to yack, over and over again. I like serious cinema, like Dil Se.., and Yugpurush. HAHK was not for me, and, sorry to say, neither is HSSH. The film is repetitive, sickeningly sweet, really sappy, and just plain dumb. I lost track of the marriages and the pujas by the end of it all. All I got out of the film was the beautiful title song, and that's about as far as it goes. Oh yeah, and there were Neelam and Tabu, who just looked stunning.

The movie is just a (worse) rehash of HAHK, minus Madhuri and Lata, of course. The movie revolves around the trials and tribulations of a joint family, and the pain and hardships they go through during a family event, namely the wedding anniversary of two family members (Reema and Alok Nath). In the middle of the mess are our eight heroes and heroines, two of whom are already married (Neelam and Mahesh Thakur). The happy couple, it seems, isn't so happy after being ripped off by other relatives and tossed out of their house. The other six are too busy falling in love (And praying, of course. We mustn't forget all that praying!). So their problems are solved and we all walk out of the theater smiling and laughing (Most of us, anyway. This viewer has just found good reason to kill himself).

The plot was totally banal. I'm sorry, but I just don't see the point of this movie. Barjatya is blatantly copying Ramayan in some parts of the story. Is Sooraj trying to ram old Indian values down our throats? If Barjatya wants to depict an Indian family with good values, he should quit layering on all that honey. It was starting to get a little cloying after three hours.

The performances were pretty good from the whole cast, except, of course, Salman Khan, who had maybe ten minutes of solo footage (Thank God!). I'm happy that underrated actors like Mohnish Behl and Saif Ali Khan got a chance to prove themselves. Out of the heroines, Neelam was the only one with a scope to really perform, and although her role is not the biggest, she looks very good and has done a pretty good job. Looks like producers will have to sit up and take notice of Neelam Kothari once again. While her comeback film is mediocre, her performance was the silver lining in this gray cloud. Sonali, Karisma, and Tabu don't really do much, but look good doing it.

Music was awful. It's really sad, because HAHK had such great songs. About the only song that is worth mentioning is the title song. Direction was average. It looks like Barjatya saab really tries to save this awful piece of mess. But, alas, he doesn't succeed.

So, should you go see HSSH? If you're a Barjatya fan, sure. It's almost guaranteed you will love it. My whole family did. If you hated HAHK, then stay away, stay FAR away. Be prepared to have the Indian public beat this inane venture to death, just like they did with HAHK. You'll be hearing and seeing it over and over and over and over and over...

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