RACE, JANNAT and now KISMAT KONNECTION! It seems that the first half of this year is going all the way to Pritam Chakraborty. After two back-to-back solo hits, expectations are colossal. Do KISMAT KONNECTION lives up to great expectations? Yes, they do and do in great style that KISMAT KONNECTION can well be termed as one of top best-seller of this year. Veteran filmmaker Aziz Mirza makes a confident comeback with this tantalizing musical romance where music leads the show from the front.
Neeraj Sridhar had been lucky mascot for title tracks ('Bhagam Bhag' (BHAGAM BHAG), 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa' (BHOOL BHULAIYAA)) and now he makes another feverishly pulsating rollicking move in yet another title track 'Aai Paapi (Tu Hai Meri Soniye)'. Cheerfully energetic Afro-American hip-hop emceeing and tangy rhythmical patterns in amusing modes spice up this frolicking and energetic racy track. It's infectiously catchy dancing groovy beats and upbeat arrangements will surely be making it as very successful number in coming days. This Pritam-Shabbir Ahmed great teamwork gets into tangier mode in its 'club remix' as enthralling disco beat fillers and vigorously punched beat-juggling sets the floors on fire. Chartbusting!!!
Love blossoms and blooms to sheer delightful fantasy of emotions in mellifluously driven love duet 'Bakhuda Tumhi Ho'. Atif Aslam has double whammy with Pritam with this lovable track as his enchantingly sonorous vocals get pulverized into whirlpool of delectably poised arrangements. After adorable 'Mausam Achanak' (LOVE STORY 2050), Alka Yagnik makes pleasant presence by showcasing beautiful chemistry of sharing lovey-dovey emotions. Its tranquil-paced composition delivered through supple orchestrations has pleasurable experience in subtle tones. After impressive 'Pehli Nazar Mein', this mushy love song will surely be adding another feather to both Atif Aslam and Pritam's cap. One could have expected a relaxing 'lounge' remix version for this number but its 'club' version comes out as another hip-shaking surprise. Soul-stirring!!!
Raj (Shahid) is a struggling architect. Brilliant in his college in studies, sports and drama, he finds it tough in the real world. As luck would have it, he learns about a certain Haseena Banu Jaan (Juhi Chawla wasted in the role) who is a fortuneteller. She tells him that he will find something that will be his lucky charm. And that something happens to be a someone called Priya (Vidya Balan). Whenever Vidya is around, Shahid gets lucky. Vidya is attached to one Community Centre where the old are taken care of and Shahid is about to clinch a deal with the firm to build a shopping mall where the Community Centre exists. Somehow, Shahid manages to convince Vidya that the Community Centre will co-exist, which he knows is not the truth.
The movie shines in patches. There are a few scenes that are very well handled, but the rest is just your normal Bollywood fare. One instance is when Vidya and Shahid try to tell their feelings to each other at a party; another is when Vidya is agitating against the mall coming up. However, these scenes are few and far between.
I must admit that Manoj Bohra who plays Dev Kataria, a character with shades of grey, really stands out. In the first scene they meet, he dwarfs the rest with his personality, presence and acting. And that I think is a huge plus. This lad has a future in Bollywood.
Director Aziz Mirza will manage to rake in the initials in the first week, thanks to Vidya and Shahid, after that I fear that the connection will be lost.