If you're wondering how you missed out the making of this film considering the hi-profile star cast and director, well, it's been in the making for so long, it's difficult to keep it at the top of your consciousness. There's so much more happening in the world. But when it finally releases, you go with anticipation wondering what it could be that needed over 5 years to create. What is this about?
Rajiv Sinha (Rishi Kapoor) is a struggling advocate. Into his life walks Seema (Juhi Chawla), quite by chance. But it turns out to be a lucky chance. Thence begins a love story, which is truer than the traditional Shiri-Farhad sagas.
Into this heaven of bliss gatecrashes Rajiv's childhood buddy, Amar (Anil Kapoor),
now a multi-millionaire owner of Apollo Advertising. He flips for Seema's charm
and thinks that like every other girl, she, too, would be a coin that can be
bartered. The expert at such "karobar"(business deals) is dead wrong this time.
As soon as Seema gets to know his real intention, she avoids him like the hell
Now she turns into a challenge for the Don Juan. His experience tells him that
every woman is a buy. He takes it up as a challenge to seduce her, and at any
cost. He starts to interfere in the lives of the lovebirds in every possible
way, but nothing produces the desired effect. At last, it's plain luck that
favours him. Rajiv meets with an accident and Seema is ready to sell herself
to get the five lakhs necessary for his treatment. Her love for Rajiv however
moves Amar, and he helps her. Which, in turn, Rajiv misunderstands, especially
because her alibi saves Amar from a trumped-up charge.
So what happens to their destinies? How does Rajiv, the bitter and egoistic drunk of a public prosecutor that he has become, understand the truth? Does Amar change for the better? Watch Rakesh Roshan's Karobar to find the answers, which evolve through a flashback and the mandatory courtroom drama.
The film, an adaptation of the famous, or, rather, notorious, Indecent Proposal,
is - despite the tortuous turns so essential to a Hindi film - quite a credible
presentation of the moral dilemmas involved. It moreover has an old world flavor
to it. One can easily date its inception given the very many echoes of the Anjaam
theme that the Madhuri/Juhi/Shahrukh brigade had popularized. Similarly, there
is an undeniable attempt to re-create the Juhi-Anil chemistry, and to revive
the youthful aura of the intense Rishi of his early films.
Yet, at times such an attempt backfires, as all the lead stars have aged beyond
belief and it is painful to see them frolicking like silly seventeens. Nevertheless,
all the three, even the usually frivolous and bubbly Juhi, try to put in creditable
performances. Anil Kapoor's portrayal of the amused and cool villain deserves
a special mention. He is successful in making a vile villain a credible study
in amoral evil.
But very little else is worthy of writing home about. The songs are not what
you'd hum walking out of the theater, and neither are the technical aspects
anything special. But for a solitary lyric, Javed's magic too is missing. In
brief, an ethical dilemma worth a watch for old times sake!