Producer: Venus Films
Director: Deepak Anand
Starring: Kim Sharma, Aarti Chabria, Introducing: Nakul Kapur, With Rati Agnihotri, Dalip Tahil and Rajpal Yadav
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer

Genre: Romantic
Recommended Audience: General
Released on: April 26, 2002
Approximate Running Time: 3 Hrs
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 6 out of 10


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There are several surprises here. One being that newcomers can exhibit the accurate amount of acting skills when required. Two that a film that no one knows about can still manage to entertain and lastly that with hit music, good acting, a decent story some directors still do not know how to gel everything together and make a GOOD film. That’s where Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hain loses out, placing everything together without dragging along.

Venus’ home production is an engaging romance drama that could have been just much more. The soundtrack has been doing wonders in sales in India, its star cast is pleasing to the eye and its story line has the right punch to become a hit at the box office. But the drawbacks are at the most evident of places, editing, pacing, and coming up with an overall well film. The film also managed to not create huge expectations for itself, a factor that has ruined many films, and could have utilized that in perhaps becoming this year’s Tum Bin. Whether it will succeed with its flaws is anyone’s guess.

The film tells the story of three talented youngsters who are goal inhibited but get distracted by a youngster’s biggest nightmare- love. Arjun Singh ( Nakul Kapur) has tried his best to promote his excellent vocals in hopes that he could be discovered. It happens one day when someone visiting his hometown manages to encourage him to visit the place where he can actually get noticed, Bombay. Taking Naina’s ( Aarti Chabria) advice, Arjun goes to Mumbai and tries endlessly to show his talent. However, no one gives him his due attention or what he needs- his big break. Not until Bobby ( Kim Sharma) comes along can he actually be recognized. A tomboy with everything, Bobby utilizes her rich dad (Dalip Tahil) to help Arjun acquire his dreams. And so he does, until the real nightmare begins.

Who said love is a good thing? Arjun would beg to differ as the triangle develops between the spoiled but interestingly aggressive Bobby and innocent Naina. With a change from the norm in terms of storyline, the two girls fight for Arjun´s heart as the film nears its interesting climax.

I wonder how much better the film would have been with crisper editing. Whereas truly bad films lose out in almost every department, Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hain scores in many of them except for that one, which is important. Nirmal Jani’s cinematography is appealing but more importantly fits the film well. Anna Singh’s costumes and outfits are nothing spectacular but this isn’t a grand saga of emotions either. It’s Deepak Anand’s directing where the film benefits, but his editing, and a more compact screenplay from Lalit Mahajan where the film draws back. Lalit’s dialogues are also just normal. The film could have been slicker, especially towards the climax where many films with twists have handled better. The background music at times entertains while at others becomes redundant with the uneven pace.

Anand’s direction is fairly decent and he manages to change the typical romance enough to save us from lashing out at him (something Vikram Bhatt couldn’t do with his lackluster Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage). He still needs improvement to show us whatever talent he really has hidden; the film doesn’t exhibit it enough to give him any applaud. The film ends up being too long whereas it could have been short, concise and much more entertaining. The unnecessary comedy sequences by Rajpal Yadav are plain old stupid. It’s an insult to the man’s talent. Filmmakers still need to learn that the audience doesn’t always need laughs in films!

The biggest surprise is Kim Sharma’s take on Urmila ala Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. Though her character doesn´t require the extreme negativity that Urmila´s did, the roles come close and Kim does a good job. The actress exhibits her talent ten times more than she did in Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein. You’ll be surprised. Dialogue delivery, looks, emotives are all on par and even better than some of the bigger names in the industry now. Her character development is also well done. The aggressiveness towards Arjun that she inhibits is understandable and lends her character the right dimensions. She does an excellent job and is easily the best actor of this ensemble. What’s even better is that the actress has an excellent line up of films including Taj Mahal- An Eternal Love Story, Supari and several others that should display her talent.

Aarti Chabria also surprises. Her first full leading role after a short one in Lajja, she delivers the goods ably. Her dialogue delivery, voice modulation and acting overall is handled well. She does appear second handed when she shares scenes with Kim Sharma, as Kim is the scene-stealer in this film. But she does manage to do a good job. Aarti too has a number of big projects in the future including Vikram Bhatt’s Awara Paagal Deewana.

Model Nakul Kapur who made it his business to vouch for models and say, “who says models can’t act?” has done a decent job here. Nothing much to brag about, but certainly better than some of the poor acting debuts we’ve seen so far. He performs well, dances well and exhibits the characteristic that should be seen in fresh heroes. His only flaw is in his horrible dialogue delivery. Work on it!

Rati Agnihotri supports well as Naina’s mother as does Dalip Tahil in his role as Bobby’s father.

Choreography is ok, not requiring much experimentalism here.Nadeem-Shravan’s musical score is easily a hit, has been doing excellent business, but one wonders about its life now after the film has released. Either way, the duo has done this film a good job with numbers like “Aankh Hai Bhari Bhari”, “Door Wadiyon Se”, “Dil Gaya” and Sukhwinder Singh’s pleasing “Aap Jaise”. The numbers are pictured beautifully and entertain the audience.

With films as stupid as Kranti, Kitne Door Kitne Paas, Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (and the list goes on and on), Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hain holds many more positive factors than negative. Time pass in essence, you’ll enjoy the three young actors who actually have talent or at the very least the entertaining music, but sadly, nothing more!