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Review of the week - Mohabbatein
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Uday Chopra, Shamita Shetty, Jugal Hansraj, Kim Sharma, Jimmy Shergill, Preeti Jhangiani, Aishwarya Rai (special appearance)
Produced By: Yash Chopra
Music: Jatin Lalit
Dialogues, Story, Screenplay and Director: Aditya Chopra

Three cloying love stories, confrontation between a Hitlerish styled martinet and a harbinger of Mohabbat (love) with everything happening too fairy to be credible is what Aditya Chopra's Mohabattein all about. But then there is certainly a limit to the sweetness one's taste buds can sustain.

The insurmountable wall of discipline and regulation for last 25 years bind 'Gurukul' a seat of education, so much so that the poor students are not even allowed the spartan luxury of music, fun and frolic. And things don't change here because the Principal, Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) doesn't like changes happening. What an anachronism!! And all this in the name of upholding the values, heritage and the culture that 'Gurukul' boasts about. To plunder the discipline comes the harbinger of love Raj Aryan (Shahrukh Khan) who has an agenda of infusing love and Mohabbat in Gurukul. And his ammunition, the love affairs of three students of the school and his also in the backdrop with Aishwarya Rai, who incidentally is the daughter of Narayan Shankar and commits suicide when her dad throws out from the school the student whom she had fallen in love with. And the boy is Raj Aryan!!

So it's a kind of revenge not with vengeance but with love and for love to prevail over austerity. And so something that could have been done with a single love story or may be with two (If the backdrop of Shahrukh's and Aishwarya's story is to be considered) instead the director chooses to go with four including Shahrukh's which takes to the movie to a kind of unending drama of more than 3.5 hours!! And it becomes so intolerable when the sequences move in order at every instance so as to show you what happens with every love story in the same situation, it really gets over your head.

The scoring point of the movie is of course the enrapturing conflicts between Narayan Shankar and Shahrukh Khan. And both have been excellent on them. The Big B definitely proves heavier than Shahrukh Khan in melodramatics and rendering the intensity to the role but Shahrukh Khan is not left much behind. This perhaps is the best performance by the Big B after his comeback. It's a delight to watch him in his full charm. He certainly is the undisputed king. Among the new comers, Uday Chopra and Shamita Shetty leave some impression; the rest of the lot is just passable. Thankfully Anupam Kher did not go over board this time and did cause some smiles. The music is just about average. Barring one good number by the nightingale Lata Mangeshkar, rest of the songs will not last for long.

Aditya Chopra did manage to intermingle the love stories well but just to a certain extent. It became too much to bear in the second half of the movie. But he certainly failed to recreate the magic of Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge with this one. Mohabattein will certainly not rise to the level of classics, though it was one of the most awaited film of the year also at the same time it fails to prevent you from getting the feeling of Boringbattein.

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