Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic Movie Review
June 27, 2008 8:54:59 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
Kunal Kohli gets his HUM TUM team together to recreate THODA PYAAR THODA MAGIC. He even has Rishi Kapoor playing God, who earlier played father to Saif Ali Khan in HUM TUM.
To be fair to Yashraj Films, this movie will undo a lot of damage, salvaging box-office collections all through the country. Reason: this film is based on kids, and it cuts across all age groups.
Kunal Kohli begins the proceedings with a bang, literally. Within a few moments, as the title track begins, he captures (Ranbeer Talwar) Saif Ali Khan's childhood and goes straight for the kill as his car bangs into another resulting in the death of a couple. Talwar, a successful businessman, is charged with murder. So what will the court verdict be? The judge stuns all stating that Ranbeer will have to look after the four children of the deceased until the youngest turns 18 years of age. Ranbeer hates kids, as he is still living in the past of his lost childhood (his mother died when he was very young). The kids are out for revenge and God has a meeting with his angels to bring sanity to this situation.
Down comes an Angel, (Geeta) Rani Mukherjee, on a cycle in the form of a governess, to help the two warring parties reason out with a little bit of love, and a little bit of magic from her side. How the kids make up with Ranbeer and how Ranbeer reconsiders is what the movie is all about. Yes, your mind does race back to the 1993 Aamir Khan-Juhi Chawla starrer HUM HAI RAHI PYAAR KE. So what's new? Kunal has made intelligent use of animation and special effects to add a zing to the proceedings. Kids are going to love it.
Ameesha Patel in a guest appearance is Ranbeer's girlfriend. To be fair to the girl, she plays her part well and looks gorgeous in her eye-catching outfits. However, this being a children's movie and considering a lot many kids will want to see this movie, Kunal could have gone easy on the skin show. With parents for company, the kids are sure to squirm in their seats if not the other way round.
All the kids put in a good performance. Saif Ali Khan lends able support. The chemistry between Rani Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan is still intact and they have some cute moments.
The music is nothing to shout about but overall, a decent fare, which the kids will love to watch.