Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi
Director: Raj Kaushal
*ing: Rinky Khanna, Dino Morea & Sanjay Suri
Music: Vishal, Shekhar, and
Released on : July, 1999
Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol
Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi is a desperate attempt at a
lovey-dovey love triangle, fresh and hip with new faces, light musical score, and
(un)appealing charisma. The movie is supposed to be the hyped-about America-educated Rinke
Khanna's, daughter of Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia,
sparkling debut, along with model-(hopefully)-turn-actors Dino
"Siddhant" Morea and Sanjay Suri, and some random hip
(read: unrealistic) college buds. Unfortunately, the only spark created was in the once
semi-full theater, when the usher walked around bewildered, flashing his light around and
wondering where the audience went (darn those numerous exit doors).
PMKK takes off slowly down the runway and well...hold on to your seats!
There could be a story! Time passes, and well, relax! The movie forgets to take off. The
movie is centered around eight college buds who study diligently (they have class once
every two weeks) at a liberal arts college. The main characters are Shahrukh-wannabe Sid (Dino
Morea) and a cross of Mohnish Behl and Vivek Mushran shakals, equipped with a Dev
Anand nakal, a.k.a. Bugs (Sanjay Suri), who are best friends (which
usually spells trouble when there's only one chick). Sid is obsessed with some horror
movie cross of Cher and Salma Hayek (read: disgusting), a pop singer named Roxy (sounds
Enter Kushi, (Rinke) a rich, chubby cutsy (read: yeck!),
bubbly (read: fake) sickly sweet (fake fake fake) bholi girl. Sid and Kushi fall for each
other, and Bugs loves her from afar. Time passes, nothing really happens, the movie moves
in slow motion, and conflict arises. The supposed conflict is Roxy- upon learning of Sid's
obsession with her, Kushi drops out of school. Sid realizes he loves her while Roxy is
trying to seduce him, and Bugs (Bunny--sorry, couldn't help it) reunites the two kids. Oh
yah, and wait, a friend of theirs is dying of AIDS, and we find this out two minutes
before the end of the movie (as does the rest of the gang). Still waiting for the
plot? So am I.
The movie was so slow, I could have watched it in fast
forward and still understood the movie. My friends lost interest about half-way (right
after the conflict was introduced--actually, in all honesty, the only thing that
kept them going was watching Sid, who happens to be a mega-hottie !), my parents got
through about hmmm the first 20 minutes, and I gritted my teeth and chanted
"INDO-link movie review, INDO-link movie review".
Acting: In all fairness, since the movie was a first for
all the actors, they weren't bad. Of all, Rinke was the worst. Her commanding and
charismatic screen presence was anything but. The side characters kept the movie silly and
light, and Sanjay Suri was pretty good and evoked sympathy for the audience, though he
still has some work to do. Dino Morea stole the show. He was pretty
comfortable on-screen and saved face.
Dances/Songs: The songs were really light and kind of
fresh, though some were just plain dull. Musu Musu is the best of the lot, and is very
catchy and nicely depicted. The second to the last song (the title song that Sid performs
onstage) was too dull and should have been jazzed up. Otherwise, the songs were so light,
no dance skills were needed. Still, the few steps that were put in, well, Rinke's
still a little too raw.
Clothes: I would LOVE to know where they shopped. To
depict the college-style as such is the same as Govinda being the fashion icon for the
conservative businessmen. Some weren't bad, especially Sid and Bug's clothes, but the clothes
were either outrageous or too tiny for humanity (e.g. Rinke's teeny-tiny summer
dress- she wore it on her 'date' with Sid to the HAHK movie and the bus ride). On the
subject of looks, Rinke did not fit in at all with the 'crowd'. She was so short (it was
comedic) and tiny, chubby and not well-kept. There's a difference between the innocent
look and the pathetic "I want my mommy" look, and well, guess what she cried?
She does not have a very appealing face, more of a plain-Jane blah look, though I am
hoping that this (via standard gobs of makeup) improves over time (perhaps she could use
some tips from her breathtaking mother). As for Dino Morea, all I can say is WOW!
Very nice and fresh, but confident and very good-looking. Note I said fresh and not raw. I
hope to see him in more movies, and hopefully he won't fall into the same Apoorva
Agnihotri "I am all that" trap. He definitely can go places if he plays his
cards right. Sanjay Suri is better than mediocre, and the rest just blend in.
Story: The script was lackluster. I
think the director focused so much on showing what great friends they (the sitcom,
'Friends', anyone?) were that he forgot to give them something to do during the movie. In
was ridulous how readily a group of popular friends took Rinke under their wing and became
so chummy with her in 30 seconds flat. Come on, it's usually the opposite that happens
The audience is also lead to believe that a story will develop out of
Rinke's homelife, since she clammed up every time she was asked and also snuck out to go
home. She is also seen with an older man who calls her "darling", and we thought
that perhaps she was either engaged or married or something interesting of the sort that
would cause the movie to turn upside-down. Sorry to say, that was just her dad, and she's
just a rich girl who chose to keep mum about her wealth. Big deal. In addition, had the
AIDS angle of the story been introduced much earlier in the film, a purpose for the film
would have developed to show the friends' dedication and love for each other, alongside
the drab love story. The AIDS scene did evoke emotion from me, and I think that by
introducing it five minutes before the end, it was almost a mockery. On the other hand, it
was a big step forward to even utter the words AIDS or HIV in Bollywood. Ah, reality is
kicking in a bit. There was so much potential, yet the crew decided to hype and publicize
the movie so much more than actually paying attention to the movie itself. Sorry, but even
nowadays, movies don't run because of the hyped-up cast (look at #1 Kajol's latest, Hote
Hote Pyar Ho Gaya).
Despite all of my criticism, I still enjoyed the movie. Especially after
some heavy-duty hits like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Sarfarosh, it was nice to sit back
and watch a light-hearted romance, with no serious confrontations and no bad guys and
bombs and parents and century-old shaadi-ke-vachans. PMKK was especially appealing, since
I popped in Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya (INDO-link movie review chant, remember?) soon after
and that proved to be a complete disaster and waste of video tape. If you've got time to
pass, and have to choose between the two, go for PMKK. The cast isn't star-studded, but at
least they have potential, and well, the time for Atul, Jackie and Ayesha is long gone!
Also, if someone is reading this from Tyger Productions, I am going to
pull a PMKK stunt and come dance and sing on top of cars with my Bhangra crew and you'd
better give me a singing contract asap, too!