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 Kalpana Lajmi
 Bhupen Hazarika
 Prasoon Joshi
 Chaitanya Choudhary, Sanober Kabir, Amit Jain, Prateeksha, Sachit Patil, Benjamin Gilani, Rahul Dev

By Kshama Rao


The first thing you ask yourself after watching Kalpana Lajmi's latest offering Kyon is Why me? What have I done to watch this film? Jokes apart, Kyon? is a laborious effort on the director's part to bring to light the problems faced by today's youth and how parents are mainly responsible for bringing up children who look at money as a means to get anything and everything, how moral values are traded for instant gratification and so on. Alas, the effort doesn't yield good results.

Vikram Desai (Chaitanya Choudhary), Neha Bose (Sanober Kabir), Tony Brar (Amit Jain), Shilpa Narang (Prateeksha) and Amar Mathur (Sachit Patil) are five college friends whose only aim in life is to groove in the discos, party hard, get high on drugs and indulge in pranks. They lead this wild life when they decide to have some more adventure. To help Shilpa acquire a sports car, the other four decide to kidnap her and ask from her businessman father (Benjamin Gilani) a ransom of 20 lakhs. The father falls for it and the five get their booty. In order to celebrate it, they go to a rave party. By the time Shilpa realizes the mistake they have done, it's too late. She wants her friends to return the money to her father while her high on cocaine boy friends insist on buying her the car. And in one of the most senseless scenes one has ever seen on the Hindi film screen, the boys, that is, Vikram and Tony bump off Shilpa and Neha. Needless to say, the three boys are in a soup now. On their trail is Inspector Aditya Solanki (Rahul Dev) who wants to bring to book the three killers.

Lajmi's plot about a teenage plan gone terribly awry is nothing new. We have seen it before and in better films like the Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh-Rakesh Roshan starrer Khel Khel Mein and the Akshay Kumar-starrer Khiladi. What she does succeed in is the unpredictable climax. One only wishes she had not resorted to the usual clichés - a politician father, a socialite mother, a businessman who doesn't have time for her child and a fading actress who claims she has been a wonderful mother to her daughter. Instead of the usual children-from-the-upper-class-families-are-spoilt-rotten funda, she should have focused more on the middle class youth and their problems. On why and how they too get caught in a quagmire despite a fairly sound and seemingly normal upbringing. Lajmi dwells upon that but in a very wishy-washy way and only in the climax. By that time, she's lost her audience, which can neither empathize with her protagonists nor her subjects. Add to that the consistently bad performances from the lead cast (barring Rahul Dev and Smita Jayakar as Amar's mother), awry editing, bad music and a gimmicky style of photography.

Only if Kyon? was a tight, structured film, Kalpana Lajmi would have definitely hit the nail - the youth that is.


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