Cast: Amitab Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Ajay Devagan,
Director: David Dhawan
Take leave of reason, send your finer sensibilities
on a summer vacation and enjoy Hum Kisise Kum Nahin,
a David Dhawan film in his own inimitable style, though
a trifle tardy at times. You won't mind this one because
probably for the first time the hitherto mean and menacing
bhai has fallen in love; swapped gun for girl, bullets
for beauty - a beauty called Aiswarya Rai, an aerobics
instructor here, light on feet, light around the head
too; just right for a film that is largely a top-empty
entertainer, handled with some care.
What's more, he does not only fall in love, he also
faces competition! Like a cardboard strong Devadas.
He sulks, he moans, he yells, he yearns. He sings, he
dances. And even reforms!
film should come in useful for all the lead players.
To begin with, Amitabh Bachchan who seems to be spending
more time in the twilight of his career than many others
have had in their career.His
performance here as the hassled medico-brother of the
girl the don is desperately in love with carries the
stamp of precision.His
timing in the innumerable comic sequences is immaculate
and a couple of shades better than what he dished out
the last time he worked with Dhawan in Bade Miyan Chhote
Then there is Ajay Devagan who seems to be having a
windfall this summer. Just after Company and just before
The Legand of Bhagat Singh, not to forget Chori Chori,
it should help him in overcoming the often-unfair tag
of being a wooden performer.
He holds his own in front of the Big B and loses not
an inch to Sanjay Dutt, who, too, gets to play a director-based
comic role after a while.
And then there is Aishwarya Rai. Like Devgan, she seems
to be on an overdrive at the box office these days.
Last week she made a fleeting appearance in Hum Tumhare
Hain Sanam, next week she will do similar in Shaheed
and a couple of weeks later, later she will probably
star in the most important film of her career Devadas.
meets with some success here in overcoming her image
of a dazzling damsel, too polished and good-looking
to be convincing in a street-entertainer. She may never
make a convincing chawl resident but is quite ok here
dabbling in Dhawan brand of humour. The film operates
in a social and moral vacuum. With its wafer-thick plot,
it challenges logic, rides roughshod over everything
normal but still manages to sail through, hindered once
in a while but still reaching its destination.