If you suffer from insomnia, this film is just for you! The film has an excellent cast, a competent director, an impressive technical team? but alas! HUM TO MOHABBAT KAREGA is like a big balloon with a leak!
K.P.S. Films’ HUM TO MOHABBAT KAREGA tells the story of a waiter, Raju (Bobby Deol), in love with a crime reporter, Geeta (Karisma Kapoor), who works for a television channel. The closest Raju can get to Geeta is stand amongst the group of autograph hunters outside the TV studio. Until one day when Geeta knocks on his door to solve a murder mystery. Geeta is investigating a murder case and Raju is the waiter who had served the dead man his last meal.
Though Raju doesn’t have a clue of the killer, he happily lies, claiming to be an eyewitness to the murder, so that he remains in close contact with the woman he desires the most, Geeta. Geeta interviews him on camera and all hell breaks loose thereafter. The mafia, the men behind the murder, are watching the interview and want Raju eliminated. On the other hand, the police reach the studio and drag him for questioning. The drama thickens when Raju describes the killer, the description matching the physical appearance of his best friend, Kutti (Johny Lever). The roller coaster ride begins!
The basic plot of the film is interesting and the makers have tried to make the proceedings look different from the run-of-the-mill types. The narration is quite exciting in the first few reels, mainly the scenes when Bobby describes the killer, first to Karisma and later, in the police station. Scenes like these are ample proof that director Kundan Shah knows his job well. His flair for light moments, clearly visible in JAANE BHI DO YAARO, KABHI HAAN KABHI NAA and KYA KEHNA, come to the fore in this film too. Although the first half of this enterprise abound in illogical moments, they are yet captivating and the viewer looks forward to an equally gripping, exciting and entertaining second half.
But the drama goes haywire in the post-interval portions. To start with, the story deviates from the main plot, that of a murder mystery, and concentrates on the romantic side of the two principal characters. Nothing wrong with that, but the romantic scenes are cumbersome and look forced in the screenplay. The villains’ characterisations too leave a lot to be desired. Their motive is clear right at the outset, no doubt, but the scenes that follow should’ve been better defined. Moreover, the negative forces (Dalip Tahil, Shakti Kapoor) are funny at times and serious at places.
The script is the sole drawback of HUM TO MOHABBAT KAREGA. The writer’s inability to come up with a tight script is visible in the second half. It seems he wanted to pack all commercial ingredients, from comedy to emotions to romance to drama, in those fifty minutes. He should’ve concentrated on the main plot, the murder-mystery, rather than confusing the viewer with a hotchpotch screenplay. In the end, the viewer is left confused, for the film is neither a comedy, nor a murder mystery.
Anu Malik’s music does not elevate the proceedings one bit. Nor does it help in salvaging the show. Barring the title track (which is expertly choreographed and picturised), the remaining songs are plain mediocre. In fact, the placement of songs is equally disturbing. How one misses a synergy between the songs and the goings-on in the second half. Cinematography is inconsistent. At times good, most of the times average. Dialogues are witty and natural.
Both Bobby Deol and Karisma Kapoor try their level best to infuse life in the proceedings, but in vain. Bobby seems comfortable in light moments and depicts a flair for comedy, but is repetitive in the second half. However, he dances wonderfully well in the title song. Karisma Kapoor is dependable. She looks lovely and does her part with sincerity. Johny Lever is enjoyable in the early portions, but is relegated to the background in the second half. Shakti Kapoor and Dalip Tahil are okay. Sadashiv Amrapurkar makes his presence felt, his scenes will appeal to the masses. Rohit Roy is not comfortable enough.
To sum up, HUM TO MOHABBAT KAREGA lacks a cohesive script and the outcome is far from satisfactory. The film is weak in all respects and will find the going tough. Below average.