Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, karishma
Director: Dharmesh Darshan
Love triangles are the staple theme of Bollywood. There
are innumerable films on this subject reflecting a dearth
of ideas, which results in rechurning the same old stuff
in a different way. Haan
maine bhi pyaar kiya
is nothing but this. It's
the good old story of boy meets girl only to fall in
love and get married. Misunderstandings crop up between
the two and a third person enters their lives.
Kapoor (Abhishek Bachchan), an ambitious but cool and
happy-go-lucky guy encounters a bright and beautiful
Pooja (Karishma Kapoor) at an interview. But the smart
Pooja hoodwinks Shiv and grabs the job. Eventually Shiv
manages to get a higher position in the same company
and comes to know of Pooja's misdeed. Instead of taking
her to task he ends up marrying her. Pooja, as the true
wife, gives up her career for true love. Some small
misunderstandings crop on account of Pooja's rather
possessive and doubting nature but it is all sorted
After marriage they go to Switzerland (described as
every Indian's dream destination) for a conference-cum-delayed
honeymoon. Romancing in the Alps (directors should give
audiences a break), thankfully with warm woollies, they
are the perfect couple till an incident occurs. An act
of infidelity on Shiv's part enrages Pooja to the extent
that she goes in for a divorce.
Back on her own in Mumbai, Pooja takes the help of a
friend Navneet Nishan who gets her a job as a secretary
to a top film star Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar). Through
her efficiency Pooja manages to get accolades for her
work from Raj, who incidentally starts loving her without
knowing her past.
Then the emotional tangle begins. Pooja is torn between
Raj and Shiv (whom she meets later at Naini Hills where
Raj is shooting). Whom will Pooja settle for?
theme as you can see is nothing new. What one sees is
a rehash - a reinforcement of traditional stereotypes.
Why is a woman made to look so vulnerable? Has she to
be a pativrata all the time forgetting and forgiving
the man's faults? Well, it seems to be so and all the
events take up little more than three hours of your
precious time. By the end of it one is bored stiff and
weary. Can't the storyline and etching of characters
be on more progressive lines? Right from the first scene
(Shiv Kapoor riding a bike singing away) the movie has
a strong sense of déjà vu.
the USP of Dharamesh Darshan's films are the songs considering
his previous record (Raja Hindustani, Dhadkan). But
the so-called magic duo Nadeem Sharvan are unable to
sustain this. The music has a heavy hangover from Dhadkan.
Performances are nothing to rave about. Only time will
tell whether the movie will salvage Abhishek Bachchan's
reputation at all given the role he plays. On the whole,
one can sit through if you do not mind the tedium in
terms of length and storyline but otherwise one can
happily miss it.