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Mohabbatein Review

Mohabbatein
Arpan Panicker / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
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Can watch again
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Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
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NA
The director took the catch line "Some love stories... live forever!" rather too seriously! A 3-1/2 hour long saga of numerous love stories... ouch! There are enough stars in this movie to make 5 Bollywood biggies, enough songs to make 3 pop albums, enough reel length to make 2 regular length movies, and just about enough senti-stuff to give you one whopper of a headache. This is a movie that should have been presented like The Godfather, in three different sequels. But in one single part it is too heavy, and justice is not done to quite a few of the characters.

The audience, though, seems to be pretty satisfied with the delivery, and the clash of the big S and the big B is rather grand. The appearance of Aishwarya here and there throughout the movie is an added bonus. The three new pairs seen in the movie are okay, considering that for half of them this was a first.

The story is more like a comic book: a boys' school by name Gurukul with an imposing looking Narayan Shankar (the Big B, as big as can be!) at the helm; students who are too scared of the principal to fall in love; and three youngsters who just do it, but are too confused and don't know what to do.

Then enter Raj Aryan (who else but Shahrukh!), with a violin and a message of love. He brings Holi, ballroom dances and autumn leafs, bearing messages of love, into the morgue-like atmosphere of Gurukul. He happens to be a music teacher, and deals in miracles, too - what with him teaching a youngster to play the piano in a couple of days! He is a widower, but his wife Megha (Aishwarya as the loveliest ghost in the history of Bollywood) hangs around him, giving him the courage to battle the dictatorial reign of the spoilsport princy. The story meanders around with songs, songs, and more songs. Finally, the three couples unite, Narayan Shankar modifies his views, and the way is paved for many more unions. Love wins!

Mohabbatein is another movie from the stable of Yash Raj films with the standard identification marks: slick sets, feel-good factor and nice music (and Shahrukh Khan!). But this movie deviates in a number of ways, and that's why it may fail to get in the league of the others.

The story is no great deal, but serves as a foil for the numerous characters. The songs were the typical feel-good types with good choreography, short dresses and zany sets. And as for the cast, they are all talented people who should maybe be in slicker movies.

Amitabh stands tall throughout, but his volté face in the finale is not very well justified. Shahrukh is his usual hyperactive self, speaking the language of the eyes better than ever. His message of love, though, is too intense for comfort, and seems right out of a mushy M&B novel. Aishwarya looks gorgeous and makes the other three actresses pale in comparison.

The three young couples are lovey-dovey, but the way in which they come together for every dance number is rather irritating. Be it a dance for Holi, a jig to celebrate Valentine's day or a mutual-confession-of-love dance, all three couples have to be present for the dance, with Shahrukh and Ash wafting around, looking very happy!

Anupam Kher and Amrish Puri, two talented actors who happen to be in the movie (bet you didn't know that!), look as if they are part of the sets. Not just that, they seem to be continuing where they left in their last hits, KKHH and DDLJ respectively.

Final word: If you are those sentimental types who believes that love is the be-all and end-all of everything, go with your guy/girl, cry buckets and enjoy yourself. But if you have a sensitive sinus, dislike mushy stories, detest clichés... in short, if you are prone to whopping headaches, keep away!
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  • Cast
    Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Anupam Kher, Amrish Puri
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    Yash Chopra
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Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
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Asha Ibrahim on 1st Apr 2004, 1:37pm | Permalink
i really enjoyedy watching this film because it was rally nice and i loved the songs and the acoters and the acoterss

RATING
8
Angel Chug on 30th Sep 2003, 9:15pm | Permalink
I really enjoyed watching this film.
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10
Angel Chug on 30th Sep 2003, 9:15pm | Permalink
I really enjoyed watching this film.
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10
Sridhar Babu on 30th Nov -0001, 12:00am | Permalink
Boring
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2
Pratibha Gadhalay on 30th Nov -0001, 12:00am | Permalink
If there was an option of no star I would've preferred to put it in that category!!!! Hey you senti guys out there jerk into reality... you can't live on fresh air,water and love!!!!
Where has that genre of directors gone??? Could we have some good movies made!!!!!!
For those who really appreciate movies... watch out for the movie "Life is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigini...an Italian movie... worth watching!!!!!!!
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2
Pratibha Gadhalay on 30th Nov -0001, 12:00am | Permalink
If there was an option of no star I would've preferred to put it in that category!!!! Hey you senti guys out there jerk into reality... you can't live on fresh air,water and love!!!!
Where has that genre of directors gone??? Could we have some good movies made!!!!!!
For those who really appreciate movies... watch out for the movie "Life is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigini...an Italian movie... worth watching!!!!!!!
RATING
2
Pratibha Gadhalay on 30th Nov -0001, 12:00am | Permalink
If there was an option of no star I would've preferred to put it in that category!!!! Hey you senti guys out there jerk into reality... you can't live on fresh air,water and love!!!!
Where has that genre of directors gone??? Could we have some good movies made!!!!!!
For those who really appreciate movies... watch out for the movie "Life is Beautiful" directed by Roberto Benigini...an Italian movie... worth watching!!!!!!!
RATING
2
Arjun Badruka on 30th Nov -0001, 12:00am | Permalink
the movie just was too inspiring for love
RATING
8
Saurabh Signodia on 30th Nov -0001, 12:00am | Permalink
it is a very good movie, all the heroes acted brilliantly
RATING
10
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