Thakele Tum, Pakele Hum
Bure waqt ki ek achchhai hai, ki wo bhi khatam ho jaata hai. But this film goes on an on…
Raina (Kareena) has been brought up at an orphanage and gets her soul mate Sameer Khanna (Salman). They get married and settle in Melbourne. Life is hunky dory, but not for long. Sameer’s company messes around with the stock exchange and he is made one of the prime accuse of the disaster. He is blacklisted, meaning no more jobs in Australia. So he has to move out to seek opportunities for himself, and till the time of stability he can’t afford to keep Mrs. Khanna with him. At the airport he drops the adieu bomb on Mrs. Khanna giving her a ticket to Delhi (with a promise to unite soon), and flies off to Singapore. Mrs. Khanna is devastated but decides not to leave from there and instead wait for Sameer.
She gets a job at the airport shop (owned by Bappi Lahiri) through her friend’s (Nauheed Cyrusi) friend (Mahek Chahal). Akash Khanna (Sohail Khan), a fellow worker at the airport, befriends Mrs. Khanna and reaches out to her for all help he can extend, including a fake marriage to rescue her from work permit issues. Getting a feeling that Sameer won’t return ever, Akash’s love blossoms for Mrs. Khanna. But Sameer does return, and with the wealth and happiness for Mrs. Khanna. Akash along with his friend (Yash Tonk) desperately try to win Mrs. Khanna from Sameer by using all tricks in the book. Who wins and how, is the crux of the remaining part…
The wafer thin plot required a solid and dramatic screenplay, crisp punches, intelligent humor and good acting. Unfortunately all of them are sorely missing. The loose script and predictable dialogues spoil the game and only 105 odd minutes run time seems to be never ending. The comic sequences are quite a few, but only a couple leave a mark. Salman and Sohail combination also fails and looks like a home video. Direction is also uninspired. Cinematography is alright and captures the outdoors well.
The bedroom sequence of the three guys and the SRK imitation by Yash Tonk are few scenes which are able to bring in a few smiles.
Performances: Salman looks straight out of his sleep following a hectic schedule of “Dus Ka Dum” and talks with a degree of toxicity throughout. He does not fit the bill for such roles, and should concentrate on high end action thrillers and comedies. Kareena looks good in few glamorous scenes but is out of form in most emotional sequences; looks under rehearsed. Sohail Khan is okay in some comic scenes, but he is better behind the camera. More directional ventures for him please. The whole Priety Zinta sequence is horrendous. Nauheed and Mahek look beautiful but their roles have nothing to rave about. Yash Tonk is alright. Bappi Lahiri sleepwalks and sings R D Burman’s songs at the airport. Deepika and Dino get one predictable scene each.
Music: Apart from “Alvida”, no other composition is worth a mention. The USP is the reuse of “Bade Achchhe Lagte Hain”, which actually looks very casual and mediocre on screen.