Saturday, 4 December 2010
Firstly, you cannot presume that the audience will not recognise the two films that inspires Basant. Blatantly lifted from Chori Chori (which is actually inspired from It Happened One Night) and maybe a bit from An Affair to Remember, the director forgets to smudge the similarities between his work the the sources. Ashim and Meenakshi meet in the same fashion as did Sagar and Kammo. Similar altercations follow. Nutan even carries herself with the same highhandedness as Nargis. Admitted that she is also a rich and spoilt daughter of a businessman, but maybe the director could have should her to be a bit unique in her ways. At least with Nutan, I always want refreshing things. There are times when Nutan says that since her father admonished her for everything and forbid her to do anything, she has grown up to be so difficult. She says difficult but we see insolent. For, her arguments with her father are plain rude and that repetition of 'My foot' is absolutely irksome.
Ashim and Meenakshi experience different adventures while trying to evade the eyes of law (they pretend to be a married couple and you can see Nutan slowly falling in love with her rescuer). But their escapade lack the fun seen in Chori Chori. Johny Walker's character is also extremely irritating and a tad forced. In fact, all he does is slacken the pace of the film. Who is bothered about his love story? I'm not.
Then comes Minoo Mumtaz, an actor thoroughly wasted in this film. Apart from her dances and her calling Shammi Kapoor 'Lambu' affectionately, she hardly has any scope to display her histrionic skills.
After Ashim goes to Kamroop, we see the film looking dangerously similar to An Affair to Remember, only a paler copy. It lacks the sublimity of the original. The inspired version is only more confused and forced. Nutan in a wheelchair does not look as sad as she should have and the film is getting unnecessarily long. I almost pine for it to be over. But then, we forget that there is someone called Pran, umpteen misunderstandings, a boring and lengthy action sequence and some silly sacrifices...
Nutan looks gorgeous as usual. She is naturally spontaneous and her eyes are naughty. She looks lovely with Shammi Kapoor. And here you get to see her dance a bit.
The tribal songs Ukkad dukkad bamba and Raat chandni sama hain suhana are great, too. Minoo Mumtaz sure was a good dancer. How I wish the film, like these superb songs, had the power to make me fall in love with it...