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Saawan Kumaar Tak
Saawan Kumaar Tak
Kapil Jhaveri, Saloni Ashwani, Amrish Puri, Prem Chopra, Ashutosh Rana.
By Kshama Rao
Boy from India meets girl from Pakistan. Naturally, fireworks are expected. While the two are in love, their respective parents and extended relatives are certainly not embracing each other. Saawan Kumar’s latest offering Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa milks the India-Pakistan relationship issue wit the mandatory love story thrown in. Then of course there are the usual jingoistic dialogue-baazi, nostril-flaring antics of the character actors like Amrish Puri (even he looked bored in some scenes) and Ashutosh Rana and the hapless lead pair (newcomers Kapil Jhaveri and Saloni Aswani).
Here is the story: Sunny (Jhaveri) is worried because his brother, army man Ram (Rana) has been kidnapped by Pakistani jehadis. So he decides to get his brother back as if he had just gone next door! Next, Sunny is on a parachute and across the border, where he first rescues a girl Rukhsar (Aswani) and promptly falls in love with her. He also decides to stay on there pretending to be Salman, a Pakistani orphan. The two happily sing and dance until it is revealed he is an India.
It’s time for Rukhsar’s father, a Pakistani army brigadier (Puri) to flex his muscles and mouth some main meri beti ko mere mulk ke liye jaan se maar doonga lines.
Sigh! Saawan Kumar’s story is as old fashioned as they come – from the tacky sets to the two new enthusiastic but expressionless faces, lackluster cinematography, insipid music, jerky editing and veterans sleepwalking through their roles – and one wonders if the audience is ever going to appreciate this ode to peace between India and Pakistan!