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 Kuch Naa Kaho
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 Rohan Sippy
 Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Arbaaz Khan, Suhasini Mulay

By Kshama Rao

First things first, debutant director Rohan Sippy is here to stay. Kuch Naa Kaho, his first film, may not be a cinematic masterpiece, yet it is honest and is clearly reflective of Rohan's individual style.

Raj (Abhishek Bachchan) lives with his mum (Suhasini Mulay) in the US. He detests the thought of marriage and is of the firm belief that 'love can't be arranged or ordered like an Italian meal'. Yet, he lands up in Mumbai, at his mamaji's (Satish Shah) house for his cousin sister's wedding. Mamaji is hell bent on finding a girl for Raj and thus starts bride-hunting. Namrata (Aishwarya Rai) works as a fashion designer with mamaji and is entrusted the responsibility of finding a bride for Raj. Needless to say, after a few futile attempts - Raj acting like a weirdo or sometimes pretending to be a father of two children wards off prospective girls - he falls in love with Namrata. A couple of dream sequences later, it dawns upon Raj that Namrata is a single mother. Her husband Sanjeev (Arbaaz Khan, stiff as always) left her seven years ago. Worse, he's not even seen his son, Aditya.

While Raj is unaffected Namrata's single mother status - he even accidentally befriends Aditya who calls him his 'superdad' after some 'mock boxing' sessions - it's Namrata who doesn't want to fall in love. Needless to say again, she does fall in love. Two songs later, it's drama time. Mr Stiff comes back happily confessing to have eloped with a certain Ms Moneybags to the US to make a quick buck. But with the Moneybags gone from his life with the money too, he ahd no choice but to come back to his 'beautiful' wife and son. The film should have ended there with Namrata slapping him hard and leaving him for Raj but no, here by now the mandatory cinematic ploy of 'some heavy duty dialoguebaazi in a shaadi mandap' (patented by Messrs Sooraj Barjatya, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar) comes into picture and lengthens the proceedings.

The film has an interesting story (Rohena Gera) about a single mother wanting to rebuild her life. And even though Rohan's dad Ramesh Sippy dealt with it years ago in the Hema Malini-Shammi Kapoor starrer Andaaz (it was widow remarriage then), the plot still touches the chord. Interestingly, the issue is not about a woman's remarriage, at least it's not an issue for Raj or his mom (barring one tiny protest) or his mamaji. The dilemma is only for Namrata, which she resolves albeit in the last reel of the film. The film also portrays a very tender man-son bond between Raj and Aditya.

The film loses some of its points here: the contrived scenes between Raj and the prospective girls, the whole thing about Namrata who happily dances with Raj but suddenly remembers her marital status when she realises he's in love with her, the underdeveloped bond between Namrata and her son, the mother-son relationship and their dilemma of living without a man in their life could have been dealt with more strongly. Also, the scene in which when it's apparent to the audience about Namrata's 'single mother' status could have been more dramatic. Instead, you are left unmoved by the 'revelation'. The film because of its slow pace doesn't keep you riveted throughout and of course the very average music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)except for a couple of songs.

The other high points in the film are good camerawork and good choreography. About the performances, Suhasini Mulay plays her 'not so typical' mother role with dignity while the little boy tugs at your heartstrings every time he comes on the scene with Abhishek Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai distracts you by her looks than her histrionics. As for Aby's B, he plays Raj with the right amount of candour and sensitivity, note all the scenes with Aditya or even the one with his mother when he justifies his decision to marry Namrata. Sadly, he doesn't really burn up the scene with Aishwarya Rai, the chemistry is missing.

Rohan definitely shows flair for direction whether it's in the very interesting way the credit titles roll or the Raj-Aditya scenes or the climax. One only hopes the next time he is even better.

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An excellent movie. A story with a superb touch of emotion. Thanks ! to the crew for such a good movie. ASH & AVISHEK ARE SUPERB .
- Debarati

A stunning performance by Abhishek, the gorgeous Aishwarya and a soothing background score by S-E-L makes the movie the biggest hit of the year- And do watch it for AISH...
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