Ok, now we have had a lot of remakes and are even familiar to their fates. Yet, Satish Kaushik dares to remake an all time classic, which was thrashed by the critics then. Who would even imagine, a star like Himesh Reshammiya stepping into the shoes of one of the most charismatic personalities of his time, Rishi Kapoor? Unconventional isn’t it? And this unconventionality works!
The very first second grips you, as you hear the unplugged version of Lut Jaoon and you are introduced to some breathtaking locales from Cape Town, South Africa. The movie sets itself off to a feverish pace from the very beginning and we are done away with how and why Kamini (Urmila) kills Ravi Verma (Dino). 25 Year passes and you are introduced to the main protagonist, the rockstar, the heartthrob Monty (Himesh Reshammiya). At a party he fells in love with Tina (Shweta Kumar). Soon after he performs a song dedicated to his love, at the end of which he collapses while playing the high notes on his guitar. During this while, one thing that might put you off is that there are way too many songs (Sisak Sisak, Mashallah, Hari Om) at very short intervals. The love story sets going, but Monty keeps getting visuals of his past and ultimately he gets everything right of his past. Now Monty is set for a Vengeance. You are just hooked up, when Urmila re-enters the movie and the haunting melody of Lut Jaoon plays in the background.
The second half has a few changes, but the movie remains loyal to the original plot. The second half has its own share of haunting moments. Like the sequence in a jungle type place, where Monty tells Kamini that he is Ravi Verma is just fabulous. The unplugged version of Lut Jaoon really does support the movie a lot as it sets in again during that sequence. Then from the moment ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ starts till the movie ends, it’s just fantastic. Ek Haseena Thi song sequence and the climax are fabulously done. Special mention for the climax, its better than in the original.
What looked weird was the mandir being placed in centre of a big ground.
Performances: One won’t believe that it’s the same Himesh who acted in Aap Kaa Surroor. He is a lot more improved and a lot more confident. His acting, his expressions and his dialogue delivery…he gets everything right. Urmila Matondkar does an excellent job of a seductive yet venomous woman. Danny Denzongpa was funny..loved him and his jokes..especially the Aap Kaa Surroor one. Gulshan Grover..totally wasted. Shweta Kumar looked good but has to improve in acting. There was absolutely no chemistry between her n Himesh. Raj Babbar, Rohini Hattiangidi hammed! Bakhtiyar was ok. Music was rocking!