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Yaadein
EDITOR RATING
5.0
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Good for kids
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Good for dates
NA
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NA
The scion of a family that is among the "top 10 business groups of America" falls in love with a middle class girl in London, his parents cannot take it, and he battles against big odds to win her. What do you need to do if you want to present a theme as original as that and make a success out of it? A hell of a lot, and Ghai doesn't. What makes this debacle remarkable is that he has two of the hottest things of Bollywood in it.

The biggest problem with Yaadein is its tale. It starts off as something promising, evolves into something absolutely clichéd, and has very little real substance in the narration of any part. A father's relationship with three teenaged daughters has huge potential for excellent portrayal. It's done very ordinarily and insipidly, and doesn't have any profundity in approach. Ghai realizes that by interval time, and decides to shift to romance gear. But there's nothing new he has to offer here, either - in fact, many times you are reminded of Pardes - and the result is a film that won't leave too many memories. Incidentally, the truth is that the name has nothing to do with the theme - the few contrived scenes and dialogues are just, as the campus crowds would put it, "a nice try".

Raj Puri (Jackie Shroff), a restaurateur in London, loses his wife Shalini, and has to bring up his 3 teenaged daughters, Avantika, Sania and Isha (Kareena Kapoor), by himself. He shifts to India with them from London, and settles down in a farmhouse in a picturesque hill station. They are reminded of Shalini continuously, and that is all there is to the Yaadein bit.

Now Raj is the bosom pal of Lalit Malhotra, who, with his brother Jagdish (Amrish Puri), is the boss of the Rs. 5,000 crore Malhotra group. Lalit's son Ronit (Hrithik Roshan), a dotcom entrepreneur, has been practically brought up by Raj and Shalini, and adores "Raj Uncle" and the family. Ronit can't bear Raj leaving London, and follows him to India, where he helps with the marriage of Avantika and Sania, the two elder daughters. Then the third, Isha, goes to Malaysia for a cycle race that she wins. Ronit has followed her there, and saves her in a pretty incredible way from a marooned island. And this starts off love.

The second half has Raj Uncle deciding on Ronit's behalf whom Ronit should marry and betrothing him too (poor Uncle appears pretty mature till then), and then getting to know of the smitten hearts. But he's given his word already, and asks Ronit and Isha both to sacrifice their loves. And then some Maine Pyaar Kiya scenes ensue with Jagdish accusing Raj of coveting the Malhotra empire, Ronit refusing to forget Isha, and fighting for her despite odds. A melodramatic climax has you feeling happy the 200-minute saga is over.

The first half positively bores. It appears like a father story - a badly done one at that - with the lead pair doing guest roles and nothing moving at all. The second at least has a story, however ordinary, and the rating is what it is because of that. Hrithik manages to put in a dignified performance, and Kareena's fine too, though they don't set the screen on fire. Jackie is pretty good, and could have been in a classy role with a better script.

The music is pretty good, and the numbers like "Jab Dil Khile" and "Chanda Taare" have the audiences erupting. The cinematography and choreography are expectedly good - it's a Ghai film, and like we know by now, Hrithik is a good dancer. Hrithik will ensure good collections, in addition to all that some dotcom, carbonated drink, bicycle and mouth freshener companies have paid (a reported Rs. 3-4 crore cumulatively) so you can watch them being promoted by actually paying for it. With the music too having been sold for several crores, the film has already made profits, so Ghai isn't exactly living on a prayer. But this will be a lot of bitter medicine for him and the crew to swallow. It's a pity Ghai needs it at this stage of his career.

Go if you'd give anything to watch some Hrithik, but any other reason would be paying too heavy a price.
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Naza Berisa on 23rd Apr 2005, 9:33pm | Permalink
i love yhis movie i come from america
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10
Maryam Mirza on 12th Feb 2005, 11:33am | Permalink
this film is very nice and lovely and hrithik roshan is very cool
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10
Suresh Sunam on 15th Sep 2001, 9:12am | Permalink
hi
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4
Ragu Bommareddy on 15th Aug 2001, 4:54am | Permalink
That the film is a flop in India and hit overseas shows that audience in India are more intelligent and more mature
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2
Rajesh Verma on 14th Aug 2001, 7:57pm | Permalink
Trash.. Ghai takes us to be a dumbwit
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2
Vinay Z on 7th Aug 2001, 6:34am | Permalink
two words - "it sucks" - and big time at that!
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2
Venkat Kunduru on 4th Aug 2001, 5:49am | Permalink
I am very very disappointed in ghai direction of this movie.
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2
Sesha Janapati on 3rd Aug 2001, 11:27pm | Permalink
another disappointing Hrithik film...when will we see another good one from him??
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4
Themavericks Vivek on 1st Aug 2001, 11:39am | Permalink
In what can be called as a public time waste...subhash ghai succesfully managed to spend crores to give us a royal boring film..
rating.wise...fullhyd..is there a half star rating??
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2
The Mavericks on 1st Aug 2001, 11:34am | Permalink
Go watch Hrithik act like shah rukh khan..in some some..."keh do ki tum mujse.pyar karthi hoo..( i almost wispers)
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4
The Mavericks on 1st Aug 2001, 11:32am | Permalink
Did some one say its a subhash ghai movie???..bad film..i saw start watching..B grade movies if you liked it..its not a subhash ghai type..music sounds good in a tape od a CD..thats all
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4
Vinay on 31st Jul 2001, 11:23pm | Permalink
worst movie
ghai should have know that it will be a dud

Any sensible man can make out the movie to be illogical
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2
Prasadmaruthi on 30th Jul 2001, 10:16pm | Permalink
not up to touch heart
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2
Sharukh Khan on 30th Jul 2001, 9:43pm | Permalink
Boaring
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2
Hrithik Roshan on 30th Jul 2001, 9:42pm | Permalink
Boaring Movie.
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2
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