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Hum Aapke Hai Kaun  (1994 - Hindi)

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Hum Aapke Hai Kaun cumulative rating: 4.15 out of 54.15/5 (53 users)

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  • Hum Aapke Hai Kaun rating: 0 out of 10(Dipen Guha wrote on 15 Jul 2009)

    There is consensus among viewers that "Hum Aapke Hai Kaun" is about not only joint family but also Indian culture and tradition. The possible break-up of the Indian joint family system due to processes of urbanisation, industrialisation and westernisation has been causing concern for the past sixty years. However, the film is more about what the family should be rather than what it is ; hence there is no antagonism between the father figure and the sons, for example, no tension between mother-in -law and daughter -in-law. Per haps the best comment comes from Madhuri Dixit, who won the filmfare award for Best Actress of 1994 : "HAHK presents a perfect "utopia"--about simple values and guileless people".
    An important aspect of HAHK as a "family"film is that the whole family (grandparents, parents and children) can watch it together without embarrassment. Despiye its highly simplified structure, the film is a universal love story, though the conflicts in the film are those between "dharma"(duty) and desire and between freedom and destiny--conflicts which have to be reconciled before a love story can come to a satisfactory happy ending.
    But perhaps the most important aspect of HAHK is how it reinforces India's cultural heritage through depicting series of rituals--betrothal, engagement, the "mehndi", marriage ceremonies and the celebration of the new-born child. The most remarkable instance is the marriage ceremony itself, the centre-piece and indeed the "raison d' etre " of the movie. The director has meticulously projected the details observed in the wedding ceremonies highlighting banters, funs, light teases between the members of both the parties which bring about happy tidings. Spousal songs which add to festal fiesta have been used in romantic way.

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