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Ishq Hai Tumse
Producer: G A Seshagri Rao
Director: G Krishna
Starring: Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Alok Nath, Gokhale, Tiku Talsania, Himani Shivpuri
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer and Sanjay Chhel
Genre: Musical
Recommended Audience: General
Approximate Running Time: 148 mins
Film Released on: 02 January 2004
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan  - Rating: 2.5 / 10
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Against a background of a wedding, two people fall in love. The problem is that one of them is a Muslim and the other one is a Hindu. Arjun (Dino Morea) is in love with Khushboo (Bipasha Basu) but gets cold feet when his father collapses from an attack. Khushboo and Arjun´s fathers (Alok Nath and Gokhale) are as close as two brothers. Arjun does not want to jeopardize their friendship by beginning a relationship with Khushboo. He sacrifices his happiness until the end when the matter hurtles out into the open and the two families´ eyes are opened.

All the way through the film, you will be rolling your eyes in disbelief. There is a feeling of deja vu (if you have seen Sooraj Barjatya’s "Hum Aapke Hain Koun") when seeing the wedding sequences. It is quite unbelievable that the two families never figure out what is happening even though the two lead characters are both romancing each other under everybody´s noses. It might have been presumed that the reason that they are chasing each other all around the house is because they are playing the game of tag. Bless.

The portrayal of a Muslim family is stereotypical. It is so embarrassing to watch. What is this? "Mere Mehboob- The Sequel Forty Years Later"? No wonder Khalid Mohammed has been driven to make his own films on the Muslim families in "Fiza" and "Tehzeeb". In “Ishq Hai Tumse”, you keep expecting all those characters from K. Asif’s "Mughal-e-Azam" to B.R. Chopra’s "Nikaah" to just suddenly walk in and go "Adaab Nawab Saab". Not that the portrayal of the Hindu family is any better. The depictions of the families are one-sided and uninteresting.

We also have to suffer the comic romance track between Himani Shivpuri and Tiku Talsania. So, it is a relief when Tiku´s character dies. I think Himani feels the same way because she is never shown grieving. Maybe she had already moved onto her next man. Incidentally, Himani plays a Muslim while Tiku is a Hindu. Nothing wrong with that but after Mani Ratnam’s "Bombay" so many films follow the same line. Would it hurt to focus on other inter-religious themes? Islam and Hinduism are not the only religions in India. How about a film on Sikhism and Christianity? If only Bollywood scriptwriters showed a bit more imagination.

Everybody is always having attacks in the film. And the audience is having one too at the thought that they spent a dime to watch this movie. Gokhale has one, Tiku has one and even Alok Nath has one! Though Alok´s attack is just a pretend one. His doctor even treats him in hospital. Hmm, something tells me that their doctor is useless (no wonder Tiku died!). And while Alok hogs that bed in his pretend illness, he doesn’t have a guilty conscience about that poor man dying in the corridor due to the fact that there are no beds available. Oh and another thing, everybody is always overhearing someone. Tut-tut, well, you can´t have privacy in houses as big as those. And especially not in a house with rooms that don´t have any doors (the architect is a genius!).

The film is horribly misdirected. The camera moves are plain strange at times. Director, G. Krishna, has an irritating habit of overusing the method of tracking shots. In simple scenes, where characters are just having a conversation, trying to play about with the camera is a no-no. The worst executed scene is the chapter of Arjun’s father’s attack and the following sequence in hospital. It is an old-fashioned ploy designed to tweak emotions and to create the idea that something is actually happening within the plot (when in actual fact zilch is happening!). On the acting front, Dino Morea is actually improving with each film (thank god for that!). Interestingly, it is Bipasha Basu who is the most awkward this time round. Her character is meant to be demure but from the lost look in her eyes, occasionally it is clear that she does not know what she is doing. I put this down to possible poor communication with the director (it is rumored that he has limited knowledge of the Hindi language).

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