Producer: Bunty Walia & Sohail Khan
Director: Sohail Khan
*ing: Salman Khan, Kajol, Arbaaz Khan, Dharmendra, Anjala Zhaveri, Kiran Kumar, Kunika, Asif Sheikh, Nirmal Pandey
Music: Jatin Lalit, Himesh Reshamiya, Sajid Wajid
Released on : March 27, 1998
Reviewed by: Mandeep Bahra
Who would have expected such a polished product from such a young and inexperienced unit! PYAAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA is not without its flaws, but it provides the general public with the main ingredient - ENTERTAINMENT! The performances, the camera work, the direction, choreography, etc. are all up to the mark. However, the film suffers from bad editing, but this is hardly going to stop the family crowd from their enjoyment!
Muskaan (Kajol) is an orphan girl living on a farm run by her overly-protective older brother, Vishal (Arbaaz Khan) and their 'Chachu' (Dharmendra). Muskaan's childhood friend, Ujaala (Anjala Zhaveri), has been carrying a torch for the brooding Vishal since childhood, but he won't give her the time of day. The story begins when Muskaan decides she wants to go to university in the big city and has to persuade her brother to let her go. Does this sound like another DDLJ? The similarities between the two movies are numerous, but instead of Shah Rukh we have Salman; instead of Amrish Puri we have Arbaaz; and taking over from Anupam Kher we have Dharmendra.
Once in the big city Muskaan falls for Suraj (Salman Khan) through a series of entertaining events which are a pleasure to watch. As you can guess Vishal does not support this 'friendship' and Muskaan is back on the farm before the interval! Suraj obviously pursues her and starts working on the farm as a stable boy after a chance meeting with 'Chachu'. However, Suraj has some of his own 'family baggage' in the form of his stoic father (Kiran Kumar) who thinks loving his son is keeping his bank account full, and a stepmother (Kunika) who resents him.
The rest of the film concentrates on how Suraj wins Muskaan despite big brother's opposition and also how Ujaala melts the angry Vishal's heart. There is a sub-plot concerning property ownership of the farm but thankfully it isn't dwelled upon.
Kajol, as usual, gives a great performance, but Salman is surprisingly good. I'm not a big fan of Salman Khan, but his performance is very impressive in this film. He seems at ease in front of the camera (maybe because little brother Sohail was directing), and as a result comes across as very natural. Arbaaz is also good playing his 'strong 'n silent' type character. Anjala is adequate - she's really not around long enough to form an opinion. Dharmendra for once plays his age and is very endearing as the central 'father-figure'.
The songs are all well picturised and don't interupt the flow of the film. The song "Oh Baby" is missing from the film, but there is an additional comedy type song sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy which you won't find on the CD. Why do film makers do this? Is it to make more money with the re-sale of the soundtrack with the extra song?!
PKTDK deserves to be a hit. The great amount of effort put in by the entire cast and crew is clearly evident on screen. However, I fear that critics, and their like, will concentrate too heavily on comparisons with DDLJ. If so, then PKTDK's box office takings may suffer. As far as this critic is concerned, PKTDK is definitely recommended!
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