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Ishitta Arun, Samir Soni, A K Hangal, Sharman Joshi, Sonu Sood, Raj Zutshi
By Kshama Rao
Vijay Kumar's debut directorial film Kahan Ho Tum promises a good start but is betrayed by a sluggish pace and an absurd climax. The FTII-alumnus has had a few documentaries to his credit and so his first feature film too falls in to the 'very documentary-like' trap. The narrative is smooth yet slow. It keeps the viewers involved but only those who really want to know where the film is going. Because one can't really imagine the masses or even the young crowd waiting patiently for the drama to unfold.
Well, here's the story: Mansi (Ishitta Arun) is a London-based filmmaker working for BBC. She's in India to work on a project on the Jogan tradition, the Devdasis as we know it. Jai (Samir Soni), a photographer and her friend, is supposed to be helping her on this project as he has done in the past. However, Mansi finds him missing. His grandfather (A K Hangal) informs her that he's been missing for the past two months. It's later found out that the last time anybody saw him was when he went on a trek with his two friends, Rakesh (Sharman Joshi) and Karan (Sonu Sood). Mansi meets his two friends who are blissfully involved in their own lives unaware about Jai's whereabouts. All they tell her is they left him mid-way during the trek and came back. Mansi's search for Jai takes her to Chandi gaon where the three had gone on trek. She finds out that the cop (Raj Zutshi) in the village is on a trail of three young men who have been accused of raping and then murdering a tribal girl called Santhali. Are Rakesh, Karan and Jai involved? If so, then where is Jai and would his two friends come to Jai's rescue?
Kahan Ho Tum answers these questions with some bit of the jogan tradition thrown in for more drama. The film reaches its climax after a tedious song and dance and the climax itself is a letdown. Worse, the last 15 minutes or so are filled with obscene dialogues about some similarity between a woman and a cricket pitch!
Kumar has drawn out sincere performances from his lead cast. Ishitta shows a lot of promise while the three men do justice to their parts. Also, Kumar succeeds in maintaining the curiosity of the audience about Jai's mystery. Alas, the climax lets him down.
What the films lacks though, is pace, good music, a logical conclusion and production values! The film because of its poor production quality looks very jaded and hence may not find many buyers who are weaned on plush foreign locales and breathtaking visuals. But the director definitely deserves a second chance with a great producer backing him.