The director duo of Abbas-Mustan is so used to keeping its audience in suspense
that it must have been a rude shock when the tables turned and they remained in
the dark about the fate of this film. The chori-chupke dealings of the
producer and the financier of this film almost saw to it that the duo's only non-suspense,
non-action movie to date remained a non-starter. Good for it that this movie sees
the light of the day, for it is about time that the duo did something to undo
the fiasco that was Baadshah.
From the Abbas-Mustan duo, we move to the Salman-Rani-Preity trio. It is the second
movie starring the three. If Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega was childish and garish,
then CCCC is mawkish, not nearly as childish, but thankfully subdued. Raj Malhotra
(Salman Khan) weds Priya (Rani Mukherjee) to please his oldie grandie who can't
wait to become great grandie. Well, Raj himself is quite pleased with the betrothal.
Priya has a miscarriage and the doc says she can't carry again. But the news has to be withheld from filmi grandpas who are always courting a third heart attack. Priya reads about surrogate motherhood, and Raj, being the dutiful husband, obliges by getting 'Pretty Woman' Madhu (Preity Zinta), a prostitute, to do the job. And off the three fly to Switzerland for the cover up.
For a Salman Khan starrer, the movie is surprisingly easy on the eyes and ears,
and for a Bollywood movie, the script has an even more surprising attempt at novelty.
But the novelty can easily be traced back to some South Indian movie and even
that is interspersed with a jarring rip-off from Pretty Woman. That's what
lets Preity Zinta down as Salman and Rani take away the acting honors.
Actually, Salman remains rather wooden throughout with a distinct lack of energy,
especially in the songs where he's just going through the motions. However, that's
any day better than his stripped-down and over-the-top avatar. If that's what
gunpoint does to him, then he has reason to be thankful to Bhai.
This is an Abbas-Mustan movie that throws up a mild surprise or two, though not
at all of the whodunit kind!