It takes real guts to bring this kind of fable to celluloid with this star cast…
Dr. Danish Kripal a.k.a. Duke Chawla (Bobby Deol), an ace surgeon, is researching on bone marrow cancer treatment and is quite close to shout a Eureka. With the beautiful girlfriend Pooja (Kangana) and his pet dog Junior, life could not have been more rewarding. All set to marry Pooja, one night Duke meets with an accident and suffers from a paralytic attack – neck down.
Pooja leaves Duke. The Dr Duke, who once cheered and infused life in his patients, now turns a bitter bed-ridden man, himself forgetting the meaning of life. The routine changes when a kid Roshan (Dwij Yadav) enters his room and in his life. How he transforms Duke is what follows…
It’s one of those countless heart-warming stories we all have read in our childhood, and more apt to be filmed as a TV serial episode (e.g. “Ek Kahani” or “Darpan”). The scenario, narrative and dialogues range from below average to plain ridiculous. Though not explicitly told anywhere, since American Medical Association meeting is shown, we get an understanding that all characters live and work in the USA. But you hardly encounter a non-Indian character / person in the whole movie - be it home, Duke’s nursing home, or the one where he is getting treated. Even in the AMA meeting every damn person you see is an Indian (except those 3 / 4 foreigner extras on the stage, sipping something)!! No wonder there is retaliation among the US-manus against this type of booth-capturing of Indians in their country, and visa-cap restrictions are being imposed.
To be able to create an impact of this slow story, you need to have very powerful cast in place, which unfortunately it doesn’t have. The sequences – Duke attempting suicide, Pooja leaving him and then uniting back, hospital authorities throwing out Roshan and his sister for non payment of dues (they deal in Indian currency, mind it!!!), critical operation by Duke through monitor surgery, and the Eureka moment (this surely takes the cake) are badly executed.
Performances: Bobby tries hard but not able to take it to a high level. Dwij has good screen presence, but mouths heavy dose of long lines – much more than expected from a child of his age. He mostly is caught between Anand Sehgal and Murali Prasad Sharma, and that is a tough task to handle. It will be a delight for any private detective agency to find out why Kangana signed this film. Nobody from the rest of the cast gets any scope.
Music: There is a fauj of music composers for this film, which does not have situation for any song. None of the numbers is here to stay or make an impact.