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Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai - Movie Review


Published: March 13, 2010


By JENNIFER HOPFINGER


Movie Kaho Naa...Pyaar Hai with Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel
Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai (2000)

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Amisha Patel


Some movies stand the test of time, and some don’t. Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai was a box-office hit, generally liked by critics, and it cleaned up at the Filmfare Awards—Best Actor and Best Debut went to Hrithik Roshan and Best Movie and Best Director went to his father, veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan. It’s evident in this, his first film, that the junior Roshan, now a superstar, is a natural-born actor as he skillfully assumes a dual role and gives each of his characters distinct personalities. The movie itself is mildly entertaining, but a disappointment in retrospect, given its strong initial reception. Bollywood has changed so much in the last decade (for good or bad is a matter of debate for some) that it’s amazing how dated a 10-year-old Hindi film can be.

 

Hrithik plays Rohit—a car salesman by day and a struggling musician by night. Rohit and his much younger brother Amit are orphans (although it’s never explained what exactly happened to their parents) and they live with an older couple (it’s never made clear if these two are related to the boys or merely renting a room to them). Rich daddy’s girl Sonia Saxena is played by Amisha Patel, also in her film debut, but unlike Hrithik, she went on to have a middling career.


Sonia’s father (Anupam Kher) buys her a car from Rohit, who delivers it to her personally. Rohit then crashes her birthday party and sings at it. They take a fancy to each other and go on a cruise together with all their friends. Sonia gets drunk on champagne, Rohit joins her, and they pass out in a lifeboat that breaks away from the cruise ship. They end up on a deserted island, but these goody-two-shoes don’t fool around. Sonia’s father suspects otherwise, however, and when he rescues the pair, he decides to keep them apart. Mr. Saxena is involved in some shady dealings, and when Rohit accidentally witnesses his associates shooting a police officer, the bad guys chase him down on his motorcycle and run him off a bridge. He drowns in the water below, but his body is never recovered.

 

Mr. Saxena sends the grieving Sonia to live with her uncle in New Zealand, and she meets Raj (also played by Hrithik), who looks exactly like Rohit (except Raj is edgier than her cloying first love). Raj pursues her, even though she literally runs away from him, haunted as she is by memories of Rohit. Raj follows her back to India, where Rohit’s enemies target Raj, thinking they didn’t finish the job the first time.

 

Raj does not turn out to be the amnesia-stricken Rohit or his long-lost twin, and kudos to the film for not going in either of those predictable directions. However, there’s no explanation for why Raj is identical to Rohit. Even some symbolic reason would have sufficed, but none is given. 

 

There’s a lot going on in this movie, and plenty of high drama, and yet, it’s not terribly engaging.


Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai is rated Skip.




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