Cast: Aftab, Amisha Patel
Director: K Murli Mohan Rao
Here comes an ode to the beauty of woman. A woman -
actually not much more than a girl - called Amisha Patel
in a film called Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai. Ever since she
made her debut opposite Hrithik Roshan, Amisha has been
forcing the critics to sit up and take notice. By no
means a great actress, she brings to her work a simmering
sensuality hard to miss even foe those who do not quite
keep temptation as an abiding companion.
There is an endearing innocence about her. In addition,
her voice seems to be perfected to being out the pathos
of the hapless and she evokes the most gallant of masculine
emotions. Here she takes on her main rival, Kareena
Kapoor, in her own domain. The competitive streak comes
to the fore - what Kareena can do, I can do better.
Hence Amisha makes up with abandon here.
caressing her plum cheeks against the surging tide of
sea, now resting her long, autumn brown locks on her
almond-hued back, now shaking a leg on the dance floor,
she seems to enjoy it all. And manages to communicate
the same feeling to the viewer. However, love's labour
is lost in this sea of mediocrity churned out by K.
Murli Mohan Rao who had, in the past, given us some
appetizing fare like Prem Quaidi and Anari.
way he goes about this tale of endless love makes even
the most beautiful of human emotions unreal. And worse,
unappetizing. This film attempts to make a virtue out
of ordinariness. Often pedestrian, it is only occasionally
pleasant. And that is only when Amisha sashays in to
light up the screen. Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai is the kind
of film you and I would have seen, heard or read about
countless times. Quite similar to Mujhe Kucch Kehna
Hai - which happened to be Kareena Kapoor's first hit
- this is the tale of a boy who loves a girl who does
not quite reciprocate.
He finds in her the joy of life, nay, life itself. She
finds him as interesting as a paper strewn across her
while crossing the road. He waits for her at the bus
stop while she looks out of the window. He chases her
to the college and she buries her head into the computer.
Finally, he asks. She refuses.
And then follow a few sermons on there being more to
life than just love. A career or a gold medal, for instance.
A fine premise for a film, one would say.
Only thing is the director is not able to develop the
relationship beyond the rigid stereotypes any novice
can churn out. So, from the girl's refusal, it deteriorates
to her abusive father's refusal for the match.
the way, there are kicks and punches thrown in for good
measure - not to forget countless songs tailored to
capitalize on the leading lady's obvious assets. Predictably,
one such blow melts the stubborn girl's stone heart.
Now, haven't we seen that many times over? Sorry
to say, but Murli Mohan Rao manages to make even love
a less than loveable emotion. The die-hards may just
watch it for Amisha who is simply difficult to forget
in a film many would lie to forget in a tearing hurry.