Producer: Pooja Bhatt
Director: Mahesh Bhatt
*ing : Paresh Rawal, Sharad Kapoor, Pooja Bhatt
Music : Anu Malik

Reviewed by: Avinash Ramchandani

Rating : (out of )

Pooja Bhatt delivers with nothing but a gallant stride towards success with "Tamanna". "Tamanna", Bhatt's first production vehicle is a superb debut for an actress well known of doing roles that have no meaning to movies and exposing herself on magazine covers. On recovery from movies like "Hum Dono" where Bhatt did nothing but lip-sing a few songs and run around with the much older Rishi Kapoor, Bhatt delivers with a splendid performance as well as a great movie. Bhatt was in need of this change, in the era of actress dominated films like "Raja Hindustani" and "Khamoshi: The Musical". Although Bhatt doesn't dominate the film, she does play a vital role in the film and doesn't irritate as much as her previous performances.

The story is fairly different from most modern-day films and takes a stab at something new in the dimension of destroying sexism in the Indian society. The film is based on a real story that is somewhat similar to Tamanna. It starts out in the city where Tiku (Paresh Rawal), a eunuch, is seen crying on the corpse of his mother. Tiku doesn't know where to go with life but later finds a girl that has been thrown away by her parents in a garbage can because of her gender. Tiku is now determined to make this little girl his "Tamanna" of his life (and he therefore names her "Tamanna").

Tiku doesn't want Tamanna to find out that Tiku is an eunuch, so he sends her off to boarding school. Tiku manages to pay her tuitions by doing whatever possible in order to get the money for them. When Tamanna is sent notice that she is going to be kicked out of school, his friend's son (Sharad Kapoor), who had already known Tamanna when she was a child went with him and Tamanna and he fall in love.

One day they plan to bring Tamanna back to her hometown from boarding school and when she arrives she finds Tiku in a sari and talking to his best friend about his dancing as an eunuch. From there the story carries on and comes to a close quite predictably.

Is the ending a truth in real life or a selling point in a movie? We will never find out since the movie didn't do too well in the cinema's all over the world.

Performances were adequate to excellent. Paresh Rawal was superb as a eunuch and Tiku, Tamanna's adoptive "father". This performance is as usual another feather in the cap for Rawal. Pooja Bhatt does a better than average job for her role as Tamanna, but does an even better role as the producer. Sharad Kapoor doesn't have much to do in the movie, but his role in Dastak was more suitable to him than this one.

Cinematography was average, several scenes were too dim, although most were done adequately. There were no dances, and if dances did occur this movie wouldn't have been the same. Anu Malik's music is much better than average for him. The song "Ghar Se Masjid" which is sung by Sonu Nigam in the "Original Soundtrack" is sung by Nitin Mukesh in the movie. The picturisations of this song is okay, although "Yeh Kya Hua" and "Uth Meri Jaan" are picturised quite well. "Shabke Jage Huye" is also placed in parts throughout the film.

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