Banner: Red Chilies Entertainments
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Suniel Shetty,
Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao, Kiron Kher, Bindu Zhaveri, Satish
Shah, Boman Irani, Murli Sharma, Nasir Abdullah, Rajiv
Punjabi, Keitan Yadav, Vishal Punjabi, Devan Munjal
& Rakhi Sawant
Banner: Red Chilies Entertainments
Music: Anu Malik
Background Music: Ranjit Barot
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Dialogues: Abbas Tyrewala
Cinematography: V Manikandan
Stunts: Allan Amin
Ar: Sabu Syril
Screenplay: Abbas Tyrewala, Farah Khan & Rajesh
Story - Choreography - Direction: Farah Khan
Producer: Gowri Khan
Theatrical release date: 30th April 2004
Sekhar Sharma (Naseeruddin Shah) is killed by a self-proclaimed
anti-Pakistani terrorist Raghavan (Sunil Shetty). The
Brigadier reveals a secret to his son Major Ram Sharma
(Shahrukh Khan) that he has a step brother (Zayed Khan)
and step mother (Kiron Kher) who left him after coming
to know about his affair with another woman. And that
woman leaves the responsibility of raising her kid in
the hands of the Brigadier before dying when Ram Sharma
was a kid. The Brigadier asks Ram to fulfill his last
wish of finding out where his step mother and step brother
are and give an assurance of 'Main Hoon Na'.
Amarjeet Bakshi (Kabir Bedi) takes up a project of 'Mission
Milaap'. The objective of 'Mission Milaap' is to build
amicable relationship with neighboring country Pakistan.
As the first step towards forging friendship, 'Mission
Milaap' decides to release 50 Pakistani war prisoners.
Raghavan wants to fail the mission. As step one, he
shoots Brigadier Sekhar Sharma. He threatens General
Amarjeet Bakshi that he would kill his daughter Sanjana
(Amrita Rao) who is studying in Darjeeling. The General
summons Major Ram Sharma to go to Darjeeling to enroll
himself as a student who wants to finish his graduation
which he had left unfinished 10 years ago. The General
also informs the Major that his step mother and step
brother live in Darjeeling. His step brother Lakshman
Sharma studies in the same college as Sanjana studies.
Sanjana hates her father, because he ignored giving
love to her when she was a kid. Major Ram Sharma assures
to protect his daughter from Raghavan and make Sanjana
understand that her father loves her by giving him an
assurance of 'Main Hoon Na'.
Sharma - who is known as 'Lucky' in his college - is
the most freak-out and funky guy in the entire college.
Sanjana absolutely adores him. But Lucky feels that
Sanjana is not fit to be in his bracket because she
is not trendy. Ram gets close to Sanjana and gives her
an assurance that 'Main Hoon Naa' by making Lucky
realizes how precious Sanjana is.
there is a sensuous Chemistry lecturer with whom Ram
Sharma (student under cover) has a good emotional chemistry.
He just can't resist getting romantic whenever he comes
across her. He assures himself 'Main Hoon Naa' by making
the chemistry teacher fall for him.
Khan: It's a cakewalk for Shahrukh Khan. He has
been doing too-good-to-believe characters since DDLJ.
It is an extension of that role with action image added.
This film is an absolute treat to SRK fans because he
did everything in this film - fights, songs n dance,
romance and melodrama. He reinforced his superstardom
with this film and proved why he is called as 'King
Khan' and 'Boxoffice Badshah'.
Sen: She is very sensuous with her designer sarees.
She weaves magic with her looks and screen presence.
She - combined with her characterization - is a perfect
match for Shahrukh Khan on the screen.
Khan: He looks at home while playing the character
of a funky dude. His body language resembles that of
Hollywood actor Ben Stiller. Shahrukh Khan should be
commended for leaving lots of footage for this guy even
when he is acting in the same film.
Rao: Amrita is bubbly and perfectly suited for her
character and she is confident.
Sunil Shetty is terrific in the role of a terrorist.
Kiron Kher is great as the doting mother. Boman Irani
and Satish Shah are tremendous. Naseeruddin Shah and
Kabir Bedi are fabulous. Murli Sharma is impressive
as sidekick to Sunil Shetty. Actress Tabu makes a surprise
appearance on the screen for a few seconds.
This basic storyline has shades of Hollywood flick
'Back to the school'. However, enough threads were added
to spice the film up with action, comedy, emotional
drama, romance, dance, songs etc. Farah Khan has picked
up a story that has every chance to become a blockbuster.
- direction: Popular choreographer Farah Khan makes
a big impact with her directorial debut 'Main Hoon Naa'.
She is simply superb. She has something to offer to
every kind of movie lover. The screenplay of the film
is superb. Her narrative skills are amazing. Farah Khan
is the new director on the block that follows new-age
directors like Farhan Akhtar and Raj Kumar Hirani. Her
brilliances lies in making the clichéd scenes
appear fresh and new. Here is the description of how
she treated each and every slice of emotion
Kiron Kher asking Shahrukh Khan 'are you home son?'
and 'why did it take so long to come?' when he enters
her house for the first time as a paying guest. (Kiron
Kher presumes SRK to be her son Zayed Khan as it was
dark in the house)
2. Kiron Kher telling SRK in her final scene that
she wants her two sons back and alive.
Satish Shah as spitting professor. His unique style
of spitting while talking to others makes you laugh.
The icing on cake of this spit effect is the matrix-feat
done by Shahrukh to avoid the spit.
2. Boman Irani as the principal of the college. He
is an absent-minded professor. His get-up and mannerisms
are pretty comic.
3. Bindu as the frustrated Hindi professor. The entire
college runs away from her whenever she makes an appearance.
Her wrong pronunciation entertains the crowds.
A group of musicians appearing from nowhere and performing
whenever SRK or Sushmita gets romantic.
2. SRK jumping into singing the old Bollywood romantic
songs whenever he sees Sushmita.
SRK doing Matrix fight at the drop of a hat.
2. Showing SRK as heman in the initial action episodes
of the film.
A trendy college set-up where the entire college of
sumptuous babes and happy dudes dance together to
the glory all the time.
2. Romantic threads between two couples (Shahrukh-Sushmita
and Zayed Khan - Amrita Rao).
On the flipside we do find a few scenes that look
a bit out-of-place:
Shahrukh Khan chasing a MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle
- Scorpio) filled with gun-trotting baddies using
a manual rickshaw. (Though it meant to be a spoof
on a scene from 'Sholay' film)
2. Do we have prom nights in Indian colleges?
3. Can army personnel have decision-making power about
releasing war prisoners? It is the Government that
takes decisions over such foreign policy matters.
4. Can't the omnipotent hero Shahrukh recognize the
villain in disguise of his professor who introduced
himself as 'Raghavan' (the name of dreaded terrorist
who he is after)?
5. One do not understand how Zayed gets hold of a
chopper and glides it towards Shahrukh as if he knew
beforehand that Shahrukh was going to explode a bomb
and jump from a height.
This film runs on three major threads. The 1st thread
consists of action angle between the good (Shahrukh
Khan) and the bad (Sunil Shetty). The 2nd thread consists
of melodrama of son (Shahrukh Khan) winning back his
step mother (Kiron Kher) and step brother (Zayed Khan).
The 3rd thread consists of the love angle between college
student (Shahrukh Khan) and lady lecturer (Sushmita
Sen). Checkout the Thread Time Chart
departments: Music by Anu Malik is good, but not
great. But what makes it appear great on the screen
is the choreography and visual splendor. Cinematography
by V Manikandan is of top class. Movie is a visual feast.
Abbas Tyrewalla reinforces his prowess at penning dialogues
with this film after 'Munnabhai MBBS'. He is extremely
good at writing quick one-liners and sensible melodramatic
dialogues. Choreography by Farah Khan is simply great.
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar are sensible. Artwork is trendy.
Action sequences are well conceptualized by Allan Amin,
though there is ample hangover of Matrix-effects. Editing
is cool. The production values of this film are extravagant.
Hoon Na' is a complete wholesome masala movie that entertains
you right from the titles at the beginning to the rolling
titles at the end. There is something for everybody.
Urbane crowds and youth love the college backdrop of
the film. Action movie lovers and masses like the fights
of Shahrukh. The family audiences and ladies love the
melodrama between Shahrukh and Kiron Kher. Though, it
is an entertainer, it has got indigestible and insulting
logics. Who cares for the logic as long as it entertains
you? A must watch for every Bollywood freak.