Aishwarya Rai, Arjun Rampal
Director: Naresh Malhotra
Music: Nadeem Shravan
This is the week of beautiful women on the silver screen.
There is Aishwarya Rai, she of shapely shoulders, cylindrical
neck, aquiline nose and green eyes. Her face does not
deserve an emotion other than love and tranquility.
Anxiety, anguish, anger are not for her. Beauty is for
love. And she is the kind who deserves to be pampered
with roses, smothered with caresses. Iridescent as the
moon, she does not have to get drenched in rain to get
the cinemagoers to make a beeline for the turnstiles.
Clad in all white, she adds colour to life.
in Dil Ka Rishata, her home production, she flits across
like a butterfly, sings like a lark. Leaving a naughty
smile here, a shy glance there, she serves to lessen
the gloom of a lonely winter evening. She is the life,
body, soul, and yes, heart, of Dil Ka Rishta. As long
as she occupies the screen, there is hope of redemption
for this is hope of redemption for this Naresh Malhotra
film. When she leaves, which is mercifully not often,
there is not much to hold this time-tested, time-failed
story of a rich brat-Arjun Rampal in love with a middle
class girl Rai. He loves her, she loves somebody else
Priyanshu. She marries that somebody else, he still
pines for her. Until then the film is gripping and shows
promise to notch up the numbers at the box office.
that is where the director decides to play the villain
in a film where there are no screen villains. And in
conjunction with his scriptwriter Vrinda Rai, Aishwarya's
mother comes up with clichés to hold this film
together. That is also the time the film ceases to appeal
to the heart, despite a fine cameo by Priyanshu and
a couple of hummable numbers by Nadeem-Sharvan.
Yes, watch Dil Ka Rishta if you are a die-hard Aishwarya
fan. On her well-revealed shoulders, she carries this
film some distance. Where her slender frame flags, the
pace slackens and this love triangle with an amnesia
angle becomes a forgettable affair.