Us Se Kaho Kabhi Laut Ke Na Aaye
Another tale of achieving unfulfilled dreams through confidence building and image makeover. God helps by sending his agent this time…
Maya (Raima), a house-wife, is settled in her married life with her husband and a grown up daughter. For her family life, she had given up music, a career which she wanted to pursue. She tries hard to keep everybody happy, but all is not well. The moment hubby dear Vikram (Arbaaz) walks in; the power goes off every day. One night, Maya accidentally over-hears phone conversation between Vikram and his carrot-loving muse. Now understanding the reason of Vikram’s misbehavior, Maya is devastated. Still there are nears and dears – Mathur family in the neighborhood (Suhasini Mulay and Anjan Srivastava), over-the-top friend Pammi (Ashwini Kalsekar) and her own daughter Priya (Eka), who try and keep her engaged.
She tries to change her lifestyle, revive her music practice and even approaches next door neighbors (members of a music band), and offers herself as their lead singer. It doesn’t work. She turns to God for help, and the next instance there is a visitor at the door. Like Alladin’s Genie, he starts putting things in place into Maya’s life, by giving her free consulting and some out of the box suggestions. Of course, he wears all those funnily atrocious wardrobe, which keeps changing every time they meet, and obviously nobody else in the world can see him. Under his able guidance, Maya learns to stand on her own, achieves success in her musical career, and in the climax is overjoyed to see her “Manas-Premi” as her new next-door neighbor…
It could have been a decent fantasy flick if it was not marred by lackluster screenplay, dialogue, production values and overall presentation. Casting is also faulty to a great extent.
Performances: Raima Sen is a far superior actress than how she performed here (courtesy the weak characterization). Arbaaz is a torture again. Ashwini Kalsekar is loud. Suhasini Mulay and Anjan Srivastava don’t get any scope (numerology not helping either). Randeep tries hard to look cool, as his role demands, but the stiff expressions and movements make his performance weak. Shubhi Mehta does alright in her small role.
Music: Javed Akhtar-Lalit Pandit combination is uninspiring in this album. The sooner Jatin and Lalit reunite, good for them as well as for us.