Main Aisa Hi Hoon Music Review
His female leads may vary but his leading man is always Ajay Devgan. After a spate of reasonably successful ventures to boast of, Harry Baweja and Ajay Devgan coalesce once again for their audaciously diverse venture in "Main Aisa Hi Hoon". Enthused deeply by Hollywood's "I am Sam", "Main Aisa Hi Hoon" stars Esha Deol and India's answer to all Hollywood Divas - "Sushmita Sen". Garnered with Himesh Reshammiya's conventionally affable compositions set on Sameer's characteristic lyrics, the music of "Main Aisa Hi Hoon" is slowly but steadily getting noticed.
Udit Narayan's docile and subtle start in "Deewanapan Deewangee" makes an impressive commencement of a tuneful track that is honestly likable. Alka Yagnik's emotive singing matches Udit's efforts and a rather delightful filming of the track makes it instantly congenial.
"Just Walk Into My Life" matures into an averagely melodious track when Shaan continues crooning the Hindi-Punjabi lyrics etched by Sameer. Shaan's customized singing for Ajay's character is very impressive. Sunidhi's efforts though only toward the end, are quite noticeable. Since the track is very typical of Himesh style of music, some diversity is attempted by composing an "Adlip Version" of the track, which is solely sung by Shaan, but is not better than the duet.
But it's Sushmita Sen who holds the plot's often-doddering head up high. As the single mother and lawyer always on the edge , she imparts an amazing grace to her part and to the film. The nuances that she brings to her predominantly-stereotypical character of a uni-focussed working woman, are liable to be missed in a cursory viewing.
This is a truly great and eminently wtachable actress at work. In a long 5-minute single-shot when sequence Sushmita expresses her character's pain and loneliness to Devgan she blows the screen apart with a majestic catharsis.
Regrettably director Baweja ruins the brilliant sequence by compounding it with a typical pamper-the-sulking-heroine song on the guitar that belongs to the early 1970s amd 'Yaadon Ki Baraat' rather than a film about autism, single parenting and paternity rights .
Such bathos creeps up on the film's inherent attributes(beautiful thought,ambience and performances) to spoil the mood.
What was cinematographer Ayananka Bose thinking while using the camera work like a heaving lurching crane? And what was dialogue writer Anurag Kashyap(known for his hard-hitting diatribes) doing penning schmaltzy lines that seem to be picked up from greeting cards?
And what were the writer and director thinking when , in a last-minute bid for a 'neat' ending, they manipulated a marriage between the lady lawyer and her very special mentally challenged client?
Isn't this stretching the whole idea of 'manipulation of the truth' (so dear to the courtroom scenario) a little too far? While Harry Baweja needs to be congratulated for his gutsy theme and characterizations, the movement of the plot is far from even. In fact some of later compromises are positively odd.
But you can't help smiling at the films limpid lunges at heartwarming hijinks. The father-daughter sequences as well as Devgan's courtship of Deol are unconditionally endearing. So's that sequence where the hard-boiled lawyer lands up at Neel's place of work to apologise and take up his case.
Again the above sequence seems to belong to Devgan when in fact Sushmita just walks away with it. Yes, we keep coming back to her in this review. There's no escaping that million-dollar question: what's kept Sushmita from becoming the screen queen she's destined to be? And what motivations prompt our mainstream directors to select daringly different themes, only to let nasty compromises creep up on their noble intentions?
Nevertheless we must give credit to the Baweja-Devgan team for attempting a subject that would traditionally appear taboo in our films, and also for letting the ladies have so much of an impact in a film where the hero has the 'auteur'-backed role.
- Actor: Ajay Devgan, Esha Deol, Sushmita Sen., Sushmita Sen, Rucha, Lilette Dubey, Anupam Kher
- Lyrics: Sameer
- Director: Harry Baweja
- Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya