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Yeh Dil Review

Shreya Khemani / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
1.0
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Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
As ratings go, Yeh Dil is 'star'less in more ways than one. As remakes go, it is baseless in more ways than one. What else does it lack? Actually, we're biased - apart from originality, story line, performances, direction, costumes, music and punch, it has everything. Just like in Telugu.

The good ol' instant masala-mix reaffirms our faith in everything we believe Indian cinema to be. Teja thought he had found himself a place in history by inventing an action that stands for people in love. Here's news, Mr. Teja: weaving fingers together isn't one's idea of 'everlasting' love.

As far as the story goes, it just can't get more predictable. Vasundara (Natasha) and Ravi (Tusshar) study in the same college. She's poor, he's rich. Her father is a milkman, his is a billionaire. He's dumb, she's smart.


The love-him love-him-not syndrome culminates in hand weaving and primitive bush dancing... He belongs to a gang of good-for-nothings who play basketball all day and can't study for nuts. However, finding that he has great 'concentration' (he can shoot a basket), she feels he will do great in his studies. She agrees to tutor him.

Obviously, their parents hate their newfound relationship and will do anything to stop them. "But we are only friends!" And promptly a song: "We are in love" (Yawn - really?)

Now the milkman sends doodhwallah goons to bash Ravi up and the billionaire sends greasy-palmed cops to bash up the milkman. The rich father is a drunk womanizer who can't see beyond money. Milkman father is a proud goon with a stout sister who is a crude, strong, heartless bitch (didn't she just have to be there?). Together, they make life hell for their kids and for the audience by using fiery eyes and caveman tools (axe, sickle, mace...) as the only means to tell the story.


Ravi announces that he is going to marry Vasundara (Vasu) at his engagement party organized by his father when Vasu's goony father arrives with his gundas (the remains of the Telugu version). At a negotiation, it is decided that if the two can stay without seeing each other for a year, they can be married (borrowing from the mega hit 'Ek Duje Ke Liye').

Ravi is held hostage in Mumbai where he discovers that he is a short-armed engineer who can assemble a phone. Vasundara is likewise hauled off to her uncle's house. After wading through an hour of hallucinations, blood fights with hired hitmen, constant switching between trains from Mumbai to Hyderabad and back to Mumbai, the two finally meet. And unfortunately, it still doesn't end here.


As far as acting goes, there is none. Ekta Kapoor's baby brother needs a macho makeover with less whimpering. He also seems to be highly asthmatic. I don't blame Teja for casting Natasha since she seems to posses some talent - she can flare her nostrils, cry at the drop of a pin and run behind bushes. Oh, and her vocabulary is unusually large - it incorporates words like "concentrate" and phrases like "I love you".

A few cultural gaps like the milkman's daughter wearing pedal pushers and tight tops at home but ghagras to school are minor mix-ups as compared to an entire army in blue uniforms armed with cane shields arriving to stop a wedding! (In case you forgot - the men in blue lost!)

The music is nothing great and the title song makes Yeh Dil seem like a bad book with a bad cover (so who says you shouldn't judge a book by its cover)? The experience of watching Yeh Dil can be summed up thus: three hours of tragic déjà vu!
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Chirodeep Chakraborty on 1st Aug 2003, 3:15am | Permalink
When I first watched this movie I didn't remember the scenes. But now I remember all the scenes that happened in the movie… like Ravi (hero) winning trophies in sports such as basketball, badminton, cricket and football. Then he directly heads to his house and calls up his dad. But his dad doesn't care about all this and puts down the phone. Ravi gets sad and starts behaving strange. One day he sees his dad sitting in a rocking chair smoking and talking to his officers. When Ravi climbs down the stairs his dad confronts him and asks him ‘why did you ring me up?’. Then Ravi says that he won a number of trophies in sports. Not bothered about all this he says to Ravi that he will be put into some new college. Hearing all this Ravi feels sad. The story goes like this..........
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