KOI MERE DIL SE POOCHHE, written-directed by Vinay Shukla, is a story of Mansi Devi (Jaya Bachchan) and her daughter Esha (Esha Deol),
who share their hopes, dreams, laughter, tears and a terrifying secret… One fine day, Aman (Aftab Shivdasani) enters their lives. Aman is a fun-loving, final year
student at NIFT with myriad friends on the campus. Surprisingly Aman has no girlfriend. Aman encounters Esha. The lovely girl dumbfounds him and he falls head over heals in love with her. However, Esha doesn't respond to him
initially, there's a reason to it!
The terrifying secret hanging over her...
Though the theme of KMDSP is interesting, the treatment is passable. The screenplay swells with anticipated instances, with
not much effort being taken to make it look a cut above the rest. The first half focuses on the mandatory light scenes and songs, although a couple of individual sequences do grab your attention. The interval catches the viewer by surprise and one looks forward to an exciting second half. Sanjay Kapoor's introduction and his eccentric cum evil behavior are significant in the film. His portions provide the much-needed flavoring to an otherwise ordinary film. However, the inconsistencies in the second half again thin the impact. The screenplay, again, wander on the beaten path, with the viewer fully aware what's
going to happen next. Even the climax lacks novelty.
KMDSP marks the debut of Dharmendra and Hema Malini's daughter Esha in bollywood. Obviously, the expectations from the film are numerous. Esha's introduction is too simple, as if she were just-another
newcomer. The hype surrounding the young actress is enormous and in that respect, her introduction
should've been more stylish, glamorous and larger-than-life.
Writer-director Vinay Shukla's intentions of tackling a different plot are praiseworthy, but he should've
avoided relying too heavily on cliché and formula to move his story ahead.
Music (Rajesh Roshan) is a drawback. The film has two average numbers - 'Deewana Tera Hai' and 'Mat Ho Udas' - which is not enough to command the audience. The engagement song - 'Tera Bhala Kare Bhagwan' - is
the best song, since a lot of drama takes place in this number.
At some places, dialogues are well worded, and background music by Naresh Sharma deserves a special mention.
Esha Deol looks pleasant and delivers a sincere performance. Sanjay Kapoor, surprisingly, contributes to some of the best moments in the film, playing an evil character to perfection. Aftab Shivdasani does a fine job. He is better than his previous performances. Jaya Bachchan, as always,
has delivered yet another mature performance. Anupam Kher is repetitive.
Overall, KOI MERE DIL SE POOCHHE is too ordinary to get the cash registers tinkling at the booking windows.