Saturday, September 1, 2007

Main Hoon Na: A pure masala movie

The movie was an incredibly slick movie, in terms of the fluidity of movement and some of the effects as compared to other Indian movies. And considering that this movie was a directorial debut for Farah Khan, I would rate it as a good effort. Of course, if you are looking for a classic movie, then this one would certainly not be the one for you - the slightly cartoonish depiction of the main villain along with a not enough convicting reason about the reason for his stand, the depiction of a teacher wearing hot and sexy clothers and flaunting her sexuality, the actual relationship between the armyman and his wife son and his other son, all these are more for the masala angle and take away from the classic depiction of the movie.
Also, keep in mind that this is a production of Shahrukh and his wife Gauri Khan, and Shahrukh can be trusted to make sure that the movie is a commercial success. Now, having stated all that, I liked the movie overall, although I don't think about it after having watched the movie. It has a few good songs, and also tries to handle the relationship between a girl pining for her love and he not bothering to acknowledge it. Also, Shahrukh had given interviews earlier about not doing movies that depict enmity with Pakistan, and hence this movie fits perfectly, since it tries to handle a delicate subject about prisoner exchange, and that too, civilian prisoners.
The movie is about the projected decrease of tension between India and Pakistan through a prisoner exchange, with prisoners typically being of the type who strayed into each other's territory and have a family (typically poor) pining for them at home. This is being spear-headed on the Indian army side by the Army Chief (Kabir Bedi). Suniel Shetty is an ex-Army office who believes that a Pakistani cannot be trusted, and this initiation of the prisoner exchange from the Indian side is a sign of weakness. To that end, he is willing to do whatever it takes to wreck the deal, including killing the Army Chief or taking his daughter Sanjana (Amrita Rao) hostage. Sanjana is estranged from her father, but still needs protection although she is not going to appreciate Army protection. An attempt is made on the Army Chief's life during an interview in which his chief protector, Naseruddin Shah (Shahrukh's father) is killed. While dying, he reveals that he had a wife and son who left when the small Shahrukh came on the scene (from an earlier affair). He wants Shahrukh to heal the breach.
So, in a strong coincidence, Sanjana is studying in the same place where Shahrukh's brother is staying, so Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shahrukh) gets the order to become her guard and basically help her. He makes an excuse to join the college and joins there, but is essentially a misfit because he is older and stiff like an army man. Eventually Sanjana warms up to him when he saves the life of Lucky who Sanjana loves (and who is his younger brother Laxman Prasad Sharma). The Major also falls in love with a new teacher Sushmita Sen and becomes a shy tongue-tied person around her.
The rest of the story is about how he manages to bring Sanjana and Lucky together again, and then overcomes the machinations of Suniel Shetty who is holding all of them hostage. He even does a He-Man, chasing down a vehicle with a rickshaw on which he does a matrix like stunt (looked so funny).

Action scene from Main Hoon Na

Jaaneja Dhoondata Phir Raha Hoon

Gori Gori

Main Hoon Na (Sad)

Tumse Milke Dil Ka Jo Haal

Main Hoon Na

Chale Jaise

chand mera dil

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