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POOR CLONE OF 'DDLJ'
POOR CLONE OF 'DDLJ'

By Satyajit

Critic's I-view

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"Controversy" is the new word added to the glossary of present day cinema after the thunderous impact of sleaze, sex and stardom at the center stage of tinsel town. Every Friday Bollywood faces new set of controversies and this Friday is no different. 'D' has hit headlines this time following the controversies from 'Jo Bole So Nihaal', 'Naina' and 'Bose-The Forgotten Hero'. This week controversial Ram Gopal Verma's 'D' locks horn with 'Koi Mere Dil Mein Hain' and 'Time Pass'.

'D' got the attention of media and movie buffs as the producer got threatening calls from gangster Chhota Rajan but the other two films hardly created any ripple. 'D' enjoys the media hype but the latter two hardly get any footage from media and expectations from cine goers. Unlike 'D' 'Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai (KMDMH)' shows signs of dying Bollywood . The film falls in the cadre of poor clones of 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ)' for its subject, plot and contents. The film even borrows the screen name of SRK's "Raj Malhotra" for their leading man (Priyanshu Chatterjee).

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How many Raj's can film industry and audiences digest and tolerate? Even Kajol screen name "Simran" has been retained for the leading lady (Dia Mirza). So what's new the film? The film toggles between the old rituals of an arranged marriage and the present day concept of love marriage. New directors have different blends of entertainers. But this sounds stale and contemporary in the context of modern cinema. Ramsay have garnished horror flicks for decades but their new breed, Deepak Ramsay, have made romance his first love on celluloid. After viewing this film one feels the importance of Yash Chopra and Karan Johar in the film industry. The film has the glitz and gloss but the impact is completely missing.

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Designer wear clothes, foreign locations, marriage ceremonies, mushy love songs and loads of oomph from the leading body minus soul for its sub-standard treatment and routine contents. If one views the success formula of family entertainer, then one could feel the importance of good script, melodious music and competent performance from leading players. In terms of script, the film offers no novelty as similar plots and themes have been witnessed several times by the viewers. Nikhil-Vinay's music shines in bits, but fails to gel with the story at many places. The title track shows a promise but some of the tracks overstretch the film duration.

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'KMDMH' rests heavily on the shoulders of four major actors - Priyanshu Chatterjee, Dia Mirza, Rakesh Bapat and Neha. All the four actors should be acknowledged for their professional approach. All of them have improved their performances. Among them, Dia Mirza comes out as winner despite the fact that her last releases 'Blackmail' and 'Tumsa Nahin Dekha' bombed. Dia has changed her image as she returns with a "bold" one in 'KMDMH'. Celina Jaitley was supposed to play leading lady but Dia made it at the last moment. After smooching scene with Emraan Hashmi, she has sizzled in bold outfits in "Baahon Mein Nahin Rehna" opposite Priyanshu Chatterjee in the film. Ironically, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Rakesh Bapat made their screen debut together with Himanshu Malik in Anubhav Sinha's 'Tum Bin' and now they team up again.

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Both Priyanshu and Rakesh have hard times at box office, as they are yet to taste success. Rakesh Bapat has been typecast as second lead and both of them have row of flops. Neha made promising start in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Kareeb' opposite Bobby Deol but faced failures in 'Rahul' and 'Muskaan'. Like Dia, Neha has tried to shed her "touch me not" image but has lesser footage to prove her mettle

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The story of 'KMDMH' centers on Raj (Priyanshu Chatterjee), son of Mumbai -based multi- millionaire business tycoon Vikram Malhotra (Kadar Khan). Like many rich guys he lives like prince and wants to enjoy his life in luxury. Raj's parents (Kadar Khan and Reema Lagoo) decide to engage him to sweet and charming Simran (Dia Mirza). Simran hails from an affluent background of rich NRI business tycoon (Sadashiv Amrapurkar). Simran has her dreams and wants to enjoy life to the fullest. During her studies in Dubai she had met a young talented singer in Sameer (Rakesh Bapat). She falls for his innocence and charm. Sameer is singing prodigy from Mumbai and wants to prove his talent in Dubai by performing with his troupe.

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Love blossoms between Simran and Sameer, and life takes an unwanted turn. The story faces another storm when Raj meets Asha (Neha), beautiful, intelligent and charming girl. Asha gives tuition to Raj's kid sister Sonia and this brings them closer. Raj is besotted with Asha's intellect and simplicity and find a perfect match in her though he is already engsaged with Simran. Both Raj and Simran are bewildered when they came to know that Asha and Sameer are engaged. Raj and Simran decides to create differences between them so that they could marry their love interests. The task is completed with Simran and Raj bidding good-bye to each other. The plot thickens when they came to realize their true feelings for each other. Real love wins in the end though.

The pop genre has recently acknowledged fun- filled comedies like 'Kya Kool Hai Hum' but the comedy contents in 'KMDMH' is not overwhelming to make them react sporadically. Humayun Mirza's screenplay and story fail to appeal unlike those of Chopras and Johars.

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The added quadrangular love angle hardly impresses audiences and falls flat in the latter half of the film. The predictability of the climax and semi- baked characterization are major weaknesses. The second lead actor Kadar Khan, Reema Lagoo, Sadashiv Amrapurkar justify their presence on screen. Nikhil -Vinay's music is no match for Jatin-Lalit or Nadeem Shravan's contemporary style of melodies. Cinematography by Uday Tiwari is appreciable as he captures the beauty of Dubai city. Choreography by Saroj Khan and Rekha Chinni Prakash is impressive in songs like "Dosti Se Aashiqui Hai" and "Baahon Mein Nahin". Deepak Ramsay's direction makes noteworthy presence but fails to draw audiences. He deserves better script to work on in future. In short, 'KMDMH' can be termed as "poor clone of DDLJ" in terms of subject, treatment and plot. The film will face big competition from heavyweight RGV's 'D' and the fate of the film will be decided on good mouth publicity. No big claims should be made for the box office results.

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