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Jaana Pehchana  : Too jaana pehchana
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Friday, September 16, 2011
Sachin Pilgaonkar
Sachin Pilgaonkar, Ranjeeta Kaur
Rajshri Productions, known for rehashing films from their own banner, try to recreate the chemistry of Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se by retaining the original central duo of the 1978 film.

The plot: This film starts where Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se, the parent movie ended. After Lily (Ranjeeta Kaur), the romantic interest of young Arun (Sachin Pilgaonkar) dies, the distraught lover becomes a rich industrialist, philanthropist and good Samaritan. But he is still not over his beloved Lily. Enter writer Asha Dayal (Ranjeeta Kaur) who wants to pen Arun’s biography and her resemblance to Lily makes him agree to the project. A compatible camaraderie follows, ending inevitably in mature love.
The good: Following the Barjatya pattern, honesty and simplicity mark the plot. It’s love in slow motion in the age of instant makeups and breakups. The film carries a lot from the old film, transporting the viewer to an era when holding hands was a big day for a boy and a girl and the girl would giggle and run away.

The bad: The film has so much of Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se that the part which is shot in present times barely leaves an impact. The love story shown with Lily looks much more appealing than the one with Asha since the chemistry this time around lacks excitement or intensity.  The plot plods, seriously depleting the concentration span of the viewer. The carry forward sometimes reminds you of Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai or stories which you’ve seen several times over. The treatment too is tediously predictable. Sachin Pilgaonkar does well in the acting department but as director fails to check the humdrum affair that’s overloaded with cliches.

Overall: What was the point in exhuming a love story that died in 1978?

– Pooja Thakkar

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