Dil Ne Jise
Apna Kahaa Movie
When an actor turns director, the expectations
from his film escalate to an all-time high [Atul
Agnihotri]. And if the actor turned director has
also been an apprentice to someone who
understands the craft so thoroughly [in this
case, Pankuj Parashar], you obviously view the
film with a magnifying glass.
Actor Atul Agnihotri makes his directorial debut
with DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA and the thoughts at
the conclusion of the film are mixed.
Laced with romance and emotions, DIL NE JISE
APNA KAHAA satisfies [partly] those who crave
for emotional films and tear-jerkers. But
there're shortcomings - the scripting and slow
narrative figure prominently on the list!
In a nutshell, DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA doesn't
break any new ground. The ingredients are
blended in such a way that the final concoction,
although familiar, has its moments. But, yes,
the outcome could've been superior!
Rishabh [Salman Khan] runs an advertising
agency, while Pari [Preity Zinta], his wife, is
a doctor. They seem destined to live happily
ever after, but fate intervenes. Pari meets with
a fatal accident and passes away.
Suddenly, Rishabh is all alone. He is
devastated. He cannot handle the void in his
life. The four walls that once symbolized their
love now become a fortress of trapped memories
What stops him from being sucked into a
whirlpool of depression is but one slender
thread - he has still to fulfill Pari's wish to
build a charitable hospital.
Life takes an unexpected turn when Rishabh meets
Dhani [Bhumika Chawla]. Rishabh and Dhani are
drawn to each other. It is at a later stage that
Rishabh learns the truth about Dhani…
Inspired from actress-turned-filmmaker Bonnie
Hunt's RETURN TO ME [2000; starring David
Duchovny, Minnie Driver], DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA
could've been an ideal date movie coupled with
an emotional saga.
The starting point of the film is interesting.
The sequences between Salman and Preity are
appealing and the terrific chemistry between the
two actors makes the viewer thirst for more.
Frankly, the first 30 minutes appeal the most
and are the mainstay of the enterprise.
But with Preity's departure, the narrative
starts going downhill. The grip is surely
The post-interval portions appeal in parts,
unlike the first half when the plusses overpower
the minuses. The second half picks up, drops,
picks up again and drops with amazing
The narrative has one major flaw and the writers
[Purnendu Shekhar, Aloke Upadhyaya] cannot be
pardoned for it. The premise of the film stands
on the fact that Salman won't forgive the person
who has had the heart transplant. What's more,
Salman voices the fact on several occasions,
adding that he'd want to spend his life with
memories of Preity. Even the doctors avoid
revealing the identity of the patient till
everything unfolds in the climax.
But when Salman gets to know the truth [in the
end], he does a complete somersault and accepts
Bhumika instantaneously. This aspect comes as a
complete jolt and raises one pertinent question.
Does Salman accept Bhumika because he really
loves her or because he sympathizes with her,
since she's on the deathbed? This aspect
should've been better explained.
The post-interval portions also suffer because
of the erratic pace and some unwanted scenes.
The track involving Aasif Sheikh's romance
stands out like a sore thumb. It serves no
purpose in moving the story ahead.
Even otherwise, from the writing point of view,
the film lacks the meat in the latter reels.
There should've been several impactful sequences
between Salman and Bhumika that the viewer would
carry home. The screenplay is clearly
Director Atul Agnihotri's choice of the subject
is right and to be fair to him, he has extracted
wonderful performances from at least two actors
[Salman, Preity], but he should've ensured that
the writing is of superior quality. The
emotional moments - especially those involving
Salman - are the best part of the enterprise.
The music is again mediocre. Despite topnotch
names at the helm of affairs [A.R. Rahman,
Himesh Reshammiya], the tunes are ordinary.
'Mere Sone Sone Yaar - Balle Balle' and 'Bindiya
Chamakne Lagi' are tuneful, but the absence of a
chartbusting score is sorely felt. The
background music [Vikey Goswami] is lackluster.
Cinematography [Stephen Fernandes, Kishore
Kapadia] is of standard.
DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA will be most remembered
for Salman Khan's genuinely captivating
performance. The actor proves to be an expert
tour guide through this familiar terrain and
carries the film on his broad shoulders. His
emotional breakdown sequences are fantastic;
it's reassuring the viewer that the actor is
taking a step forward with every film.
Yes, some old-fashioned, archaic-thinkers may
argue that heroes don't cry and seeing the actor
break down would disappoint his fans. But that's
all crap. It's time to accept that our heroes
are also human!
Preity Zinta is full of life and so endearing.
Her scenes with Salman are a highpoint. Bhumika
Chawla is strictly okay. She needs to
concentrate on her outfits and make-up. The film
has a number of character actors, but only Rati
Agnihotri and Delnaaz Paul stand out. Riya Sen
needs to work hard on her dialogue delivery and
On the whole, DIL NE JISE APNA KAHAA has its
moments, but not enough to have a lingering
effect. At the box-office, there are several
factors that go against it -
* Its slow start at the ticket window would
give heartache to its investors.
* There has been an overdose of Salman Khan
starrers in the recent past [this is his fourth
release in last two-and-a-half months, after
GARV, MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI and PHIR MILENGE].
This over-exposure will only prove harmful.
* And most important, the hype associated with
a biggie is clearly missing. Ideally, the film
should've been released after a couple of weeks,
with added hype and fanfare.
As things stand today, the film will have to
rely solely on word of mouth [from ladies] to
salvage its position on the box-office charts.