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 Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Movie Review
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 Apoorva Lakhia
 Anu Malik
 Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Yashpal Sharma, Snehal

By Vidya Sampat

Abhishek Bachchan starrer, Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, produced by Vishal Nihalani and directed by Apoorva Lakhia received a very dull response on the first day of its release.
The story talks about Kanji (Abhishek Bachchan) who works in Mumbai for his employer Sanju (Chunkey Pandey) and the gift of a television from Kanji to his grandfather, who lives in a remote village in Rajasthan. The television fuels jealousy in the village priest, who in turn, tries to incite the village Thakur against Kanji. Coupled with this is the blossoming love between the thakur's sister Kesi (Lara Dutta) and Kanji. The resultant fight ends in a climax, which is slightly twisted so that the hero does not end up killing the villain, but is refrained from doing so, at the last moment by Sanju. Mumbai Se... is original in its storyline, but much was needed to be done as far as the script, and the pace of story is concerned. The romance between Kanji and Kesi, and the comic interludes, like Abdul trying to imitate the slow motions that is shown in films, the barber, who tries to a Feroz Khan act of lopping off everyone's moustaches, all seem to be just dragging the film, rather than providing humour.

More or less the Lagaan effect is seen hovering over the film. Lara Dutta, has the sensuousness of a village lass, but she has terribly failed when in comes to dialogue delivery in the Rajasthani / village accent. Lara should have taken some acting lessons from Gracy Singh, who fitted in the same mould in Lagaan. Lakhia had assisted Mira Nair during the making of Kamasutra, and that he has drawn inspiration from KS is very much evident in Lara's costumes. Abhishek seems to have tried very hard on working as the village rustic, but at some points, he too seems to give away. One cannot fail to see traces of the young Amitabh, in Abhishek. Surprisingly, the other characters in the film have done a better job in terms of portraying as Rajasthanis. Rageshwari's entry in the village, as a TV reporter, does not fit in either. The romance and the predictable ending can make the audience feel that he has wasted his three precious hours.

The plus points of the film are the songs that are being constantly aired on the radio and television. The duet Mujhe Tune.., sung by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik are soothing to the ears. Equally, well sung is Sheher Ka Jadoo Re..., by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik. The film also takes the viewer, back in early 90s during the airing of Ramayan and Mahabharat, when people would be glued to the television, to the extent of garlanding the television and lighting agarbattis (incense sticks) in front of the television. Also, the film reflects, the ordinary villager's attitude to the idea of electricity, and the drastic changes it can bring in their life. Considering that today, most of the films are Indian versions of Hollywood films, Mumbai Se... is a reprieve, in terms of an original storyline, but Lakhia still needs to do his homework in filmmaking.

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