Absolutely inane fare.

Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa (Hindi)

IT IS believed that ninety percent of films churned out by Bollywood annually turn out to be duds at the box-office. You do not need an expert in film appreciation or sociology to tell you why. But if you are still grappling with the proverbial `Why?' just go and see `Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa' now showing in theatres near you, and you will find the answers.

The latest offering from Sanjay Chhelso clich�-ridden and stereotypically hackneyed that it looks like an old piece of moth eaten cloth. The story is about the argument between revolutionary live-in relationships and conventional marriage. The hero and heroine fall in love in the distant New Zealand. The hero is a rich spoilt brat NRI and our saccharine dipped heroine is a traditional Bharatiya girl from a joint family. In spite of their congenital differences, they fall in madly in love with each other (as if just to prove that whoever said that the opposite attracts was right). Everything is hunky-dory till their parents decide to marry them off. At this moment our hero declares that he does not believe in the institution marriage because he has seen his parents suffering hell in marriage. From here on the film becomes a roller coaster ride for the characters on the screen as well as for the audience till it reaches the lame and predictable climax. The lead actors, to modestly put it are a big disappointment. Both Tusshar Kapoor and Esha Deol are made to do what their predecessors have been doing with moderate success for the past decade or so. Tusshar with his conventional `boy-next-door' looks tries to play a glamorous cool dude and falls flat on his face. Esha, looks wise is good but needs to polish her acting skills, and the inconsistent characterisation only helps things to go more awry.

Sanjay Chhel, as a director has put in everything in the film, which is believed to make it commercially safe: foreign locales, foot tapping songs (which have been playing in TV serials produced by Tusshar's sister Ekta for the last couple of months), harping about family values and Indian Sanskriti and ample dose of comedy (Chhel's trademark one-liners without their stings will only help to keep the front benchers happy).

Paresh C. Palicha

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