Cast: Ajay Devgan, Sonali Bendre, Dushyant Wagh
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
opening scene shows a 'special' child playing on the
bench with a ball. And it is revealed that the boy is
mentally challenged too. A fifteen-year old with the
intelligence of two-year old. The film revolves around
this boy Rahul (Dushyant Wagh) and his relationship
with his brother Raj Dikshit (Ajay Devgan).
is full of concern for his brother. He looks after all
his needs when at home leaving him under the trusted
care of a servant when he is at work. Life for Raj revolves
around Rahul. They live in a mansion, which is full
of families - more like a chawl. The neighbors, particularly,
Kantagupta (Sivaji Satnam) and his wife Rima Lagoo and
others are friendly with Rahul. There is brotherhood
and warmth between the families. Suman (Namrata Sirodkar),
Gupta's daughter loves Raj but Raj does not want to
marry on account of Rahul.
Madhuri (Sonali Bendre) and an instant rapport develops
between Raj and Madhuri. Rahul also takes a liking to
her. Although Raj lovers her, he is unwilling to marry
her. She suggests that Rahul should be left in a rehabilitation
home where he can become independent. (typical attitude
of people). Raj cannot bear the idea of breaking away
from Rahul initially but after much thought (more so
because he loves Madhuri) decides to take the harsh
step. He proposes to Madhuri after much dilly-dallying.
the home for the mentally challenged Rahul is unable
to come to terms with his new lige. Raj too is disturbed
and distracted by Rahul's thought. Does Rahul come back
to his lige? Is Madhuri accepted by the both brothers?
tale about the special child, this film essentially
portrays the existential reality - the family attitudes,
other attitudes branding the child as the mad one. What
could have been a heartwarming and sensitive story is
around this narrative are the other stories in the mansion
akin to everyday life - neglect of parents by children,
indifferent attitudes of children towards elders, the
question of status and behavioral pattern which are
nothing new. This not only punctuates the main narrative
but also stretches the film. Added to this are unnecessary
and absurd songs (where Raj is invariably dreaming of
romancing in the Swiss green slopes when he is unable
to make up his mind about marriage).
endearing aspect of the film is the heartwarming performance
by Master Dushyant Wagh. He captivates with his brilliant
portrayal as the mentally challenged child. Of late
Ajay Devgan has been acting as the intense, serious
hero rather than the action one. In this film too, he
essays the varied emotions (caught as he is in the tussle
between Rahul and Madhuri) well. Sonali Bendre and Namrata
Sirodkar provide the glamorous element.
serious issue is treated in a rather loose manner with
all the elements of commercial cinema. Humane and emphatic
moments are few. Mahesh Manjrekar makes an effort but
touches the surface. A story of this kind would need
better sympathetic treatment. One can watch the film
mainly for Dushyant's portrayal.