The first half of Achanak is entertaining with songs and some comedy, the way most Govinda films are these days. However, the second half is full of action and suspense, the way Govinda┬┤s films almost never are. The story of Achanak is buyable but it is the treatment given to the film by editor turned director Naresh Malhotra that takes the enjoyment away from the film. He has tried to balance the film out in two very different moods, which he is not successful in.
Arjun Nanda (Govinda) is the younger brother of Vijay Nanda (Rahul Roy). Vijay is married to Farha (whose name is hardly mentioned in the film). Arjun goes to Simla to compete in a car race, there he meets Pooja (Manisha Koirala), and as usual our hero and heroine fall in love and sing a couple of songs. Arjun has to go to London to do a buisness course as desired by his millionaire father (Sayeed Jaffrey). Arjun promises Pooja that he will marry her upon his return from London.
Saagar (Paresh Rawal) is the Nanda family┬┤s lawyer. He wants to destroy the whole family to get their money. So he sets up the murder of Vijay, in which Farha accidentally shoots him. To save his family┬┤s name, Arjun┬┤s father asks Saagar to find someone who will take blame for the murder. So Saagar kidnaps Pooja and forces her into saying that she┬┤s the one who killed Vijay. When Arjun returns from London he is upset by all that┬┤s been going on. He cannot choose between his bhabhi and his lover, so he decides to free Pooja from the jail and runaway with her. By doing this his family┬┤s izzat will also be saved and he can also save his love. Then our villains take this opportunity and kill Arjun┬┤s father.
Arjun returns home and learns what had happened to his father. With a few twists and turns, and some violence he figures out the "real" baddies who are behind his father┬┤s and brother┬┤s murder.
Govinda has tried to do something serious from his usual comedy bit. In my opinion, he has done a good job in a serious role. He should do more serious films, which have better directors and plots. Manisha has scope in the first half, and she does her bit well. You completely forget in the second half that there is a heroine in the film. Of the supporting cast, Paresh Rawal is excellent. He and Govinda are the only reason to watch this film. There are two funny cameos by Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Dutt at the end of the film.
Dilip Sen - Sameer Sen have not given anything amazing but "Jaane Jaana" and "Ek Soni Kudi" are hummable.