Mere Sapno Ki Rani

Producer: C. Ashwini Dutt
Director: K. Raghavendra Rao
*ing: Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor, Madhoo, Satish Shah, Shakti Kapoor, Laximikant Berde, Himani Shivpuri, Dina Pathak, Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Music : Anand-Milind

Reviewed by: Mohammad Ali Ikram

Rating : out of

Everyone remember the Law of Gravity? Well, just in case the viewers of Mere Sapno Ki Rani (MSKR) had forgotten this scientific principle, director K. Raghavendra Rao illustrates it repetitively. We have falling pieces of paper, guavas, coconuts, mini-tomatoes, a violin, bangles and not to be out-done, our hero and heroine. Forget the movie, you'll probably have more fun guessing what object is going to fall next...

Corny jokes aside, the main problem with Mere Sapno Ki Rani is that it exists in a 1980s' Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer time warp. (And what was cute then, is idiotic now.) The flick is a love triangle, wherein two sisters who were separated during childhood, fall in love with the same guy (Sanjay Kapoor). One is his fiancee (Madhoo) and the other is his Dream Girl (Urmila). The idiotic hero wants to marry his Sapno Ki Rani cause he has been dreaming about her beauty mark near the navel and 'chabbi ka ghucha' around the waist for eons. (Apparently, he doesn't care about Urmila's face as much as her navel and keys.) And his Sapno Ki Rani, aptly called Sapna, wants to sacrifice her love for her elder sister by claiming she is dying of lung cancer. (Now do you see the resemblance to the good old eighties movies like Aulad, Mawaali and Majaal. Actually these movies are still likeable; MSKR isn't.)

MSKR has too many negative virtues. The big starcast assembled by the producer is impressive but unlike David Dhawan movies, the attempts at comedy fall flat nine times out of ten. Urmila and Madhoo look great. For a change, Madhoo is more interested in laughing during her short role, rather than displaying her histrionic capabilities. Urmila has been working on mastering the art of conveying feelings through non-dialogue facial expressions. She performs very well in certain scenes. Too bad the cinematographer is busy zooming in on the heroines' belly-buttons all the time.

Sanjay Kapoor is again himself. He is showing very slow progress as an actor. Maybe by the time he has Tabu's daughter as his heroine, he will have mastered the craft. The rest of the cast hasn't put in any effort, and it shows.

The love songs are annoying, with all the zillion costume changes, falling paraphanelia, often idiotic lyrics and ocassional explosions. However, "Chupke Chupke" and "Yeh Pyar Yeh Pyar" are interesting compositions. Technically, the film is no great shakes either.

So you thought that almost all Hindi films that are love stories are at least tolerable. Guess again. If you learn anything from Mere Sapno Ki Rani, it is that Lamhe and Chandni are once in a blue moon classics. Oh, and also remember that tomatoes and 'amrood' are tastier if they first fall on a female's belly-button?! HUH?

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