Mehbooba Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:36:36.8400000 IST


MEHBOOBA, a stylized Bollywood love triangle made with lavish opulence and hi-profile star-cast brings back the flavors of conventional "filmi" music. Ismail Darbar, a musical phenomenon associated with magnanimous costume dramas DEVDAS and HUM DIL DE CHUKE HAI SANAM makes a significant appearance with MEHBOOBA. The other promising highlights are veteran Anand Bakshi's last lyrical works that bring euphoric aura of melodious 70's, 80's and 90's. Ironically speaking, it has arrived after a long delay of almost a decade but still the music carries the liveliness and vivacity of emotions that can enthrall its target listeners.

Udit Narayan's mellifluous flows that were success secret for many 90's romantic numbers makes a refreshing solo presence in love cum seduction title song "Tu Meri Mehbooba". The sauntering flute notes in the prelude followed by contemporary arrangements comprise primarily of piano, violin chorals makes a rejoicing chemistry with lovable Bakshi saab's wording. Its major highlight is beautiful Udit Narayan's voice that mesmerizes well in Darbar's synchronized works in delivering out a serene romantic feel.

The flamboyance of lavish extravaganza gets added to the romantic flavors with resounding chorals and aggressive arrangements in another affable sounding number "Khawabon Ki Rani". Udit Narayan makes another striking presence with his modulating overtones in signifying the intrinsic worth of "dream-girl" with easy-on-ears poetic semblance. Ismail Darbar makes enchanting inclusion of delightful flute notes, impressive violin chorals in contemporary style of arrangements.

"Dilruba", a lovable solo number by Udit Narayan unravels to 70's era when music of Laxmikant-Pyarelal ruled the hearts. It has vigorous instrumental backdrop where one can expect boy wooing a girl by showing his insatiable passion for her. This song may not be as striking as earlier two numbers but will certainly bring some shades of 70's and 80's era in its enthusiastic spirits.

Now the golden phase of Showman Subhash Ghai gets into action where Udit Narayan along with Alka Yagnik sings out typical 80's love track "Yaar Tera Shukriya". Once again the melodious touches of Laxmikant-Pyarelal makes strong impact that was reminiscently impressive in romantic songs in films like KARMA, SAUDAGAR etc.

Ismail Darbar had breathtaking music appeal in "Nimbooda" (HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM) and strong evocative melodramatic touches in "Chalak Chalak" (DEVDAS). "Babuji", a festive "nautanki" song takes its inspirational hues from the melodic and subjective appeal from these two tracks with strong impact of Laxmikant-Pyarelal's stylized works. Alka Yagnik's varying vocals jesters out mischievously impish wordings where lead actors Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan sing out couple of lines in intoxicating moods.



Sanjay Dutt is a playboy who likes to bed every girl that walks. He comes across Manisha Koirala where he is a judge at a contest and exclaims to his secretary, 'Kya Cheez thi.' Secretary has to now find where she stays and what she does. Manisha is soon offered a job in his company. Little does she know the intentions of Sanjay. When she learns about it, she insults him in public. Sanjay then comes with his shaadi ka offer! However, before the wedding he exacts revenge by sleeping with her, slaps her, and sends her away. This happened in New York.

Ajay Devgan is in Budapest. He keeps dreaming about a girl whose paintings adorn his walls. One day he runs into the girl of his dreams and she happens to be Manisha. After a few songs, she tells him that she has been cheated in love and cannot trust anyone anymore. Ajay convinces her. She agrees. The three (Ajay-Manisha-Sanjay) then meet in their haveli in Rajasthan where all have converged for the Ajay-Manisha wedding. The rest you can guess.
The three-hour plus length is a killer, but if you are one who want to watch this movie from the art point of view, go for it. The camera work, choreography and costume designing are simply a treat.

But there is no meat in the story. Little wonder then you heard no 'PR-driven' incidents of sand getting into Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan's mouth in the dead of night, or Manisha twisting her ankle when she runs down the steps (all fabricated, though) to garner interest in the movie a week before it's release. Even the stars have stayed away from promoting it.

Ratings : 1/5



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This dialogue has to be the clincher. Here is what a father tells his daughter when he gets a proposal from a playboy tycoon for his daughter. The daughter is aghast that he even proposed because just a few reels earlier, she had slapped him at a party for wanting to get in bed with her. But her father sees no reason. Says he: 'So what if he has been around with 50 girls, shaadi ka offer sirf tuj ko diya. A man proposes marriage when he feels something in his heart.' Hearing this from an experienced man, who is a father of a grown up daughter, you know then where this film is headed. You want to get up and slap the father because even the daughter has enough sense!

MEHBOOBA is a film that was stuck in the can for a long time and even if it were released 10 years ago, that particular dialogue would still stink. It?s a film that clearly belongs to the nineties when songs were more than the scenes. This movie is a little bit of SAAJAN, a little bit of HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and a little bit of HUM AAP KE HAI KAUN.

The sets are lavish, the sahelis are all over the palace, and the engagement parties will give even a Sanjay Leela Bhansali sleepless nights. So lavish is director Afzal Khan. On the plus side, the camera work is brilliant. Vast, picturesque landscape of Budapest has been filmed well by Ashok Mehta. A special mention here to the choreographers as well. The songs are very grand with scores of extras and costumes to match. Here too, the camera captures the dance moves beautifully, covering all the angles. A lesson here in choreography and camerawork for budding aspirants. The sheer magnitude of the picturisation brings to mind the grandeur of HDDCS and HAKHK. The storyline is similar too.



Sanjay Dutt is a playboy who likes to bed every girl that walks. He comes across Manisha Koirala where he is a judge at a contest and exclaims to his secretary, 'Kya Cheez thi.' Secretary has to now find where she stays and what she does. Manisha is soon offered a job in his company. Little does she know the intentions of Sanjay. When she learns about it, she insults him in public. Sanjay then comes with his shaadi ka offer! However, before the wedding he exacts revenge by sleeping with her, slaps her, and sends her away. This happened in New York.

Ajay Devgan is in Budapest. He keeps dreaming about a girl whose paintings adorn his walls. One day he runs into the girl of his dreams and she happens to be Manisha. After a few songs, she tells him that she has been cheated in love and cannot trust anyone anymore. Ajay convinces her. She agrees. The three (Ajay-Manisha-Sanjay) then meet in their haveli in Rajasthan where all have converged for the Ajay-Manisha wedding. The rest you can guess.
The three-hour plus length is a killer, but if you are one who want to watch this movie from the art point of view, go for it. The camera work, choreography and costume designing are simply a treat.

But there is no meat in the story. Little wonder then you heard no 'PR-driven' incidents of sand getting into Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan's mouth in the dead of night, or Manisha twisting her ankle when she runs down the steps (all fabricated, though) to garner interest in the movie a week before it's release. Even the stars have stayed away from promoting it.

Ratings : 1/5


Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala
  • Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
  • Director: Afzal Khan
  • Music Director: Ismail Darbar
  • Release Date : 11 Jul 2008

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